Letter: Encouraging election fraud

To the Editor:
Public confidence in the validity of election results is key to increasing voter participation. Americans deserve a fair and accurate election process. This means not only making sure that every eligible individual is able to vote, but that his or her vote is not stolen or diluted through fraud. The Democrats “For the People Act” (H.R. 1) would both enable and increase fraud.
H.R. 1 would sabotage state voter ID laws, which currently combat impersonation, voter registration fraud, duplicate voting, and voting by ineligible individuals, like deceased citizens. Under H.R. 1, someone could simply sign a statement in which they claim to be who they say they are, and it allows same-day voter registration. This combination would open the door for massive fraud.
The bill would also require automatically registering individuals to vote who are welfare recipients or who obtain a driver’s license. This would automatically enroll ineligible voters, such as illegal aliens who take advantage of government programs. In addition, it limits states’ ability to verify eligible voters and remove ineligible voters from registration rolls.
Article I, Section 4 of our Constitution says “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof…” Historically, Congress interferes when fraud is committed. This bill would ensure that election crime will happen. Do we want the federal government meddling in our election laws to our detriment?
This should not be a partisan issue. Every American citizen should value their vote and want to safeguard it from being nullified by fraudulent voters. This bill is not a “For the People Act,” bill, it is a “For the Cheaters bill.” Please contact Rep. Jim Himes (202) 225-5541 and urge him to vote “No” on H.R. 1.
Linda Lavelle
Aspen Mill Road, March 3