Bipartisan election laws proposed in the Senate – Will they fix anything?
I was very interested when I saw that the Senate was working on two bipartisan laws to change the elections.
I was thinking maybe they had fixed something. Maybe required ID? Maybe plug the holes in the mail-in ballot system or required ballot drop boxes to be manned?
Under current law, one senator can join one House member in forcing each side to vote on whether to throw out results subject to an objection. To me this is acceptable. I know these important political types would rather not be bothered. But when there is uncertainty in the world’s most important election, seems to me that it would be worth the effort to vote.
The first law being proposed increases the number of House and Senate members needed to raise an objection to one fifth of the total (i.e. 87 house and 20 Senate).
The law would also remove the Vice President as an actual authority on whether the vote is certified, asserting that he has only a ceremonial role.
This is crap.
In fact, they are ensuring that cheating in any election is less likely to be investigated. It is specifically designed to tighten the rules so that legitimate objections, the kind that Donald Trump had in the 2020 election, could be more easily ignored. And to make sure that Congress keeps its power, locking out anyone who challenges them.
Just so you know, 147 Republicans, including eight senators, objected to certifying electors on Jan. 6, 2021.
The second bill, the Enhanced Election Security and Protection Act, would double penalties under federal law for people “who threaten or intimidate election officials, poll watchers, voters, or candidates.” This just means if you have an issue, if you see cheating, just shut the hell up. If you bring it up, you will go to jail and/or be fined.
This is specifically designed to prevent people with genuine grievances from challenging and investigating irregularities in voting. Election officials SHOULD be challenged when they allow cheating to occur. My home county of Broward in Florida has become famous for having multiple instances where boxes of votes were discovered after an election. Brenda Snipes, the supervisor of elections was fired because of it. Under this new law, she would have legal recourse to attack anyone who questioned her authority.
Don’t know about you, but it bugs me when politicians pass laws that serve their own convenience at the expense of the citizens they represent.
Shouldn’t they be making it more difficult to certify elections? Shouldn’t they be requiring that States go through a more rigorous and transparent process for submitting their voting results? Shouldn’t they be taking allegations of cheating in the world’s most important election more seriously?
Because if we don’t we might end up with a war with Russia, runaway inflation, potential invasions of our allies, a nuclear Iran and … Biden.