UPDATED 7:10 PM PT – Monday, February 22, 2021
The presidential election could look a lot different in 2024, as Democrats have proposed a bill to reform the election process. On Monday, all House Democrats cosponsored a bill known as H.R.1, or the For the People Act of 2021.
.@HouseDemocrats are in full support of #HR1, the #ForThePeople Act, a sweeping package of transformational democracy reforms! We are ready to move forward on this bill and give the power back to the people. https://t.co/87794aLeEC
— Committee on House Admn. Democrats (@HouseAdm_Dems) February 22, 2021
New reports have shown Republicans fear the bill would put too much power into the hands of the federal government.
According to the legislation, Democrats are proposing Congress have ultimate supervisory power over federal elections, rather than leaving it up to individual states. As One America’s Pearson Sharp reported earlier this month, this could lead to more ballot harvesting and more risk for election fraud.
“Right now, under Article I of the U.S. Constitution, individual states are given control over how they manage our elections,” Sharp stated. “Democrats are ready to tear up the Constitution however, and the bill begins by stating Congress now has ultimate supervisory power over federal elections. This bill is the death of democracy.”
The GOP also speculated this bill is a strategic political move to grant Washington D.C. statehood and ensure two more Senate seats for the Democrats.
The bill’s goal is to make voting more accessible to Americans, expand early voting and make absentee voting easier. This means states would no longer require voters to show identification when casting a ballot. It would also prevent voter roll purges and end partisan gerrymandering.
This all came after widespread speculation that the 2020 presidential election was rigged in favor of Joe Biden.
The bill will be considered on the House floor next week.