House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic-controlled House recently passed a bill that will undermine state voter identification laws.
While Republicans believe only legal citizens with valid, photo identification should be able to vote in America’s elections, Democrats are passing bills that would undo all of that.
The Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. by a mostly party-line vote of 228-187.
H.R. 4 — also called the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 — is an effort by House Democrats to restore preclearance provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that were thrown out by the Supreme Court in the 2013 ruling on Shelby County v. Holder.
The leftist legislation will do this by updating the preclearance formula that the Supreme Court rejected years ago, Conservative Review reported.
Only one Republican, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, voted with Democrats in favor of the measure.
“Action is urgently needed to combat the brazen voter suppression campaign that is spreading across America,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said at a press conference ahead of the vote. “We must, we must restore the strength of the voting rights act.”
Conservatives are slamming the bill as nothing more than an effort from Democrats to combat voter fraud by exerting more federal government control over state and local election practices.
“This bill would essentially, federalize state and local election laws when there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that those states or localities engaged in any discriminatory behavior when it comes to voting,” said House Judiciary Committee Republican Rep. Doug Collins.
“Full protections are afforded under current federal law for all those with valid claims of discrimination in voting,” Collins explained. “Unfortunately, the bill before us today would turn those federal shields that protect voters into political weapons.”
“Supporters of the legislation simply want to reverse state voter identification laws,” the Club for Growth said in opposition to the measure. “Voter ID laws protect the integrity of the ballot box. This legislation would sacrifice that integrity by allowing the possibility of more illegal votes to be cast and the will of legal voters’ decisions to be thwarted by voter fraud.”