House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats tried to use the $2 trillion coronavirus bill to include a mandate for national ballot harvesting, same-day voter registration, and federally-mandated early voting provisions just in time for the 2020 presidential election.
However, Republican Senators were able to obtain a big victory following an embarrassing display from top-ranking Democrats.
Republicans were able to get Democrats to come to an agreement on the stimulus bill with minimal changes to the original draft for the bill that had been negotiated a week before.
In other words, Democrats and Republicans largely had an agreement on a bill last week. Then, Pelosi mucked everything up and tried slipping in a slew of left-wing goodies into the bill.
But thankfully, most of those items — including ballot harvesting — was removed by Republican Senators.
This is one of the many provisions that have since been rid of, and the bill now includes only one-tenth of the money Pelosi wanted, and it also does not require mail-in balloting.
The Washington Examiner reported:
This lack of mandates for mail-in balloting is a key victory for Republicans and for fair and timely elections. To put it bluntly, widespread mail-in balloting is a mess. It often delays final election results for days or even weeks, and it is a system that makes it much, much more difficult to detect and deter vote fraud.
As election-law veterans, J. Christian Adams and Hans von Spakovsky recently wrote, “Voting by mail is the single worst form of election possible. It moves the entire election beyond the oversight of election officials and into places where the most vulnerable can be exploited by political operatives.”
Furthermore, they write: “Worse, it sends ballots out to people who no longer are alive or no longer live at the registered address on record. Not every new tenant will toss the ballot into the garbage. Not every relative will resist the temptation to vote in the name of a deceased family member.”
Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton called out the Democrats on the Senate floor for their hypocrisy on the issue, saying that Pelosi’s ideas would be sending money to the people who couldn’t even count their votes in the Iowa caucus.
“Now they want to pile election rules, on a bill that’s designed to stop a pandemic? Remind you, election rules were written by the same partisan geniuses who couldn’t even count their own votes in the Iowa Democratic caucuses,” Cotton said.
As part of Pelosi’s coronavirus plan, House Democrats slipped in multiple measures from their H.R. 1 legislation that would implement nationwide ballot harvesting for federal elections — effectively allowing political operatives to collect and deliver an endless number of absentee ballots from voters.
Pelosi’s coronavirus plan would have mandated:
- Early voting in every state for 15 consecutive days, open for at least 10 hours a day
- Free mail-in absentee ballots for all registered voters
- Expansion of election ballots in foreign languages
“Ballot harvesting,” otherwise known as an absentee ballot collection, is when people collect other voters’ completed ballots and take them to the polls on their behalf.
Imagine several people know they are in a community or district that has a majority of Republican voters. What if people collect hundreds — or maybe even thousands — of ballots and refuse to submit them to their county seats to be counted.
This makes it incredibly easy for voter fraud to occur.
Thankfully, Senate Republicans got this removed from the bill.