Schumer Will Force Vote on Devastating “Legally Challenged” Election Reform Bill
Schumer: The bill, S1 would dramatically change how elections are run next month. Schumer.
The bill, mirrors a version the House of Representatives passed. Schumer: “legislation that is essential to defending our democracy, reducing the influence of dark money and powerful special interests, and stopping the wave of Republican voter suppression happening in states across the country.”
It would in effect over rule state laws and decide the election rule of law for every state.
Known as “For the People Act”, will be voted on during the last full week in June, said Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
The law would federalize much of the election system:
It would eliminate nearly all qualifications, such as photo identification.
It would also require states to implement a system of automatic voter registration and to allow same-day registration on any day voting is allowed.
Critics have said they plan to bring lawsuits if it’s passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Joe Biden.
“In my state in Oklahoma, we have great voting engagement. We want to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat. S1 takes away a state’s ability to hold people accountable for cheating,” Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) told colleagues on the Senate floor this month.
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) has described the bill as “a massive federal takeover of elections.”
The majority of Democrats support the legislation.
“The freedom to vote is fundamental to all of our freedoms. It is how Americans control their government and hold their elected officials accountable,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
“The For the People Act is about setting basic national standards to make sure all Americans can vote safely in the way that works best for them, regardless of what state or zip code they live in. The For the People Act is about reducing the power of big money in our elections by ending secret spending by billionaires and special interests. And the For the People Act is about making anti-corruption reforms to ensure all politicians work for the people, not for themselves,” she added.
Schumer told reporters on Capitol Hill: “It was made clear how important S1 is to the country, to our Democratic majority, and to individual senators, and those discussions are going and I have a lot of faith in them.”
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