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Pelosi’s Power Grab Would Silence Millions of American Voices

Washington, D.C. The U.S. House of Representatives today advanced H.R. 4, the latest Democrat attempted federal takeover of elections, in a party-line vote. If enacted, H.R. 4 would force state legislatures to seek permission from the federal government to pass or change state election laws through a constitutionally questionable process called preclearance.

National Chairman of the Election Transparency Initiative and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement:

“Despite continuing improvements in access to both registration and voting, Democrats have continued their 20-year crusade to takeover America’s elections, rig the system in their favor, and silence conservative voices to preserve their power. No, election integrity isn’t racist, widespread ‘voter suppression’ isn’t real, and Republicans aren’t imposing ‘new Jim Crow’ laws on minority voters. In reality, it has never been easier for Americans of every voting group to register and vote than it is today.

“Nancy Pelosi’s politically-driven elections takeover is so unpopular she had to circumvent regular order to force it through the House, without adequate committee review, public debate or deliberation over the final bill text, which ballooned into a grab-bag of liberal policies to effectively abolish voter I.D., subject states to crushing mandates and penalize them for cleaning up their outdated voting procedures. We urge every member of the Senate to reject this legislation deceptively presented under the guise of ‘voting rights’ and instead support free and fair elections voters can trust.”

What do real ‘Jim Crow’ laws look like? Georgia’s 1958 civics test was used to bar black citizens from voting, but it was not only southern states discriminating against voters. California, Connecticut, Delaware, and more also had constitutional and/or statutory provisions to impede minority voting.

Recent polling shows the majority of voters, including Black and Hispanic voters, as well as urban and independent voters, overwhelmingly support voter I.D. protections and want it to be easy to vote and hard to cheat.

The Election Transparency Initiative, a partnership between American Principles Project (APP) and the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), was organized to combat H.R. 1/S. 1 and advocate for state-based election reforms that voters can trust.