Members of Congress and local election officials from around the country testified before the House Administration Committee yesterday as the Committee was hearing testimony on the latest attempt to subvert the Constitution and federalize our election process here in America.
Ironically enough, the bill being considered is called the Preventing Election Subversion Act, or H.R. 4064. The main argument for this bill is that the Elections Clause was understood from the framing of the Constitution to contain “words of great latitude”, granting Congress broad power over Federal elections and a plenary right to preempt State regulation in this area. H.R. 4064 sets out to prohibit the harassment of election workers, restrict the removal of local election administrators in control of elections for federal office, and sets requirements for if and when a challenge to a vote or voter on Election Day can occur.
Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-03) is the lead sponsor of H.R. 4064 and during his testimony yesterday he claimed that progress to secure the right to vote in America is “incomplete and increasingly under attack.” He blamed Republican state legislatures across the country for enacting election reforms designed to strengthen the trust, honesty, and integrity in all elections. Sarbanes also mentioned that these bills, currently making their way through state houses across the nation are fueled by dark money and special interests group while failing to mention the ridiculous amount of dark money that was poured into the failed attempt at passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act just last month.
Sarbanes also referenced the recent voting bill in Georgia, SB 202, calling it (and bills like it) “threats” and that House Democrats have “set to work on potential policy responses at the federal level” after it was passed in March.
Let’s be perfectly clear about on thing, election integrity bills like SB 202 and others like it, are not forms of voter suppression, they are forms of voter and vote security. For example, some of the parameters SB 202 sets out are: adding more voting machines and election personnel in large precincts to cut down on wait times, increasing the number of early voting days and allows for the permanent use of ballot drop boxes, and requiring voters to present a drivers license or state ID number (which 97% of voters in Georgia already have and if they don’t, it can be obtained for free). Probably the biggest aspect of SB 202, as it relates to what H.R. 4064 seeks to “solve,” is the part that states the bipartisan State Election Board will be able to conduct performance reviews of local election supervisors who fail their area voters with things like long lines and unfulfilled absentee ballot requests. It event goes as far as highlighting the fact that the board will not be able to unilaterally overturn election results but rather open a review process to ensure Election officials remain competent and in compliance with state laws and regulations.
H.R. 4064 is being presented under the guise that it will aim to protect poll workers, election officials, and voters alike from harassment and intimidation but what this bill will truly do is remove powers granted to the states to oversee and conduct elections as they see fit while granting the Federal Government the opportunity to intervene. As you are reading this article, the Department of Justice — under the direction of Attorney General Merrick Garland — is weighing its options on suing states that return to pre-pandemic voting regulations. Not only is that alone a complete subversion of the United States Constitution but it completely subverts the Constitution of each individual state which allows state legislatures to determine how and when elections are carried out.
The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of states having the power to implement voting laws to protect the integrity of their elections — making it easier to vote and harder to cheat. It’s clear that the so-called Preventing Election Subversion Act is another lame attempt at allowing the Federal Government oversight and input on how the states conduct their elections.
This is just another push to federalize our elections and House Democrats are spinning the narrative that due to the misinformation behind their claims of voter suppression, they can justify the need to pass bills like the For the People Act (H.R. 1), the Voting Rights Enhancement Act (H.R. 4), and now the Preventing Election Subversion Act (H.R. 4064).