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Senate leaders clash over election bill


Sen. Chuck Schumer at a hearing on the election reform bill at the Capitol on Wednesday Associated Press/Photo by J. Scott Applewhite

Senate leaders clash over election bill

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Senate Republicans should be ashamed of trying to implement tighter voter registration rules and said such efforts would cause a “third-world autocracy like Erdogan’s Turkey.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accused Democrats of a “partisan power grab” and trying to “rewrite the rules of our political system.” The Senate Rules and Administration Committee debated the sweeping election bill on Wednesday after its companion legislation passed the House with no Republican support.

What’s in the bill anyway? Under the For the People Act of 2021, states would have to implement automatic voter registration and make it easier to get absentee ballots. The bill requires increased in-person voting hours and 15 days of early voting. It would also restrict how state election officials remove outdated information from voter rolls.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report on ideas for cleaning up states’ voter registration rolls to improve election security.


Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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NEWS2ME

Following the 2020 United States presidential election and attempts by Donald Trump and Republican officials to overturn the election, Republican lawmakers initiated a sweeping effort to make voting laws more restrictive. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, as of February 10, 2021, more than 253 bills that would restrict voting access have been introduced in 43 states, with most aimed at limiting mail-in voting, strengthening voter ID laws, shortening early voting, eliminating automatic and same-day voter registration, curbing the use of ballot drop boxes, and allowing for more aggressive means to remove people from voter rolls. An analysis by the Washington Post described the effort as "potentially amounting to the most sweeping contraction of ballot access in the United States since the end of Reconstruction".

If the election was perfect, then why are Dems changing the laws?

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JimVC

we'll see

Found out Obama has been working on the ACA for a long while now. 

 

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Do you think they have a committee who is working with Obama to give him a third term? Whenever I go to my yahoo mail, they ask me if I would vote for Obama for a third term. Dems control all 3 houses so I'm sure they would try. The media would love it. But would O rather work behind the scenes? I think he likes the limelight. I always wondered why he's staying around in DC after his term was up.

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BALLOT HARVESTING will assure the vote. They will produce multiple ballots as needed, just as some are still doing. Probably what the Iowa woman wants to happen for herself because of the Iowa seat she lost. Iowa counted the ballots twice and called it, but the opponent is not conceding the election even though the Republican woman has been sworn in. The Dem claims there were more ballots that were not counted. (Does she know that all of those ballots she is talking about are votes for her? Odd.) The vote counters must have thought they had enough votes for the Dem to win. Oops! Someone miscalculated. They were about 6 votes short of the needed count. The Dem. said she did not win the house seat like she was told would happen. Is she blaming Pelosi? Was that a threat?

Is Pelosi's committee still working on how to take the seat away from the Rep. who won? The media doesn't care. 

McConnel is calling Pelosi a hypocrite. Oooo, harsh words. I'm sure Pelosi cares what McConnell, or any Rep. thinks.