H.R. 1: The Democrat Politician Protection Act
Summary: On March 8, 2019, the House passed H.R. 1 with a vote count of 234 Democrats - 193 Republicans. The bill received no bipartisan support and will not get a vote in the Senate. Below is our list of the top 10 most egregious provisions in H.R. 1 and why voters in your district deserve better than H.R. 1.
Top Ten Most Egregious Provisions of H.R. 1
- Creates a 6:1 government match to any small donor contributions of $200 or less in a congressional or presidential campaign, meaning for every $200, the federal government will match $1,200 using corporate dollars.
- Creates a new voucher pilot program that grants eligible voters a $25 voucher to donate to any campaign of their choosing.
- Weaponizes the Federal Election Commission by altering the current bipartisan makeup of a six- member commission to a partisan five-member commission which will limit free speech and make partisan decisions about election communications.
- Weakens the voting system of the American people by increasing the election system’s vulnerability and failing to implement the necessary checks and balances regarding who is registering to vote. H.R. 1 will force states to allow online voter registration, automatic voter registration, and same-day voter registration with no safeguards.
- Raises constitutional concerns under the First Amendment by proposing to limit free speech and imposing vague standards that disadvantage all groups who wish to advocate on behalf of any legislative issue.
- Diminishes the process of Election Day voting by expanding “no excuse” absentee voting and allowing for any eligible voter to be able to cast their ballot by mail with no additional safeguards to this process.
- Disregards state voter identification laws by allowing sworn statements to be used in place of identification and allowing for signature verification, which can be submitted through a photo if the voter registers online.
- Does not provide states adequate enforcement mechanisms to guard against fraud.
- Impedes states’ ability to determine their registration and voting practices, as protected under Article 1, Section 4 of the Constitution and violates separation of powers by Congress mandating ethics standards for the Supreme Court. H.R. 1 is a constitutional overreach.
- Forces states to count provisional ballots cast outside of the voter's correct precinct which will inevitably result in the election of candidates at the state and local level by non-qualified residents.