Former Vice President Mike Pence, who has mainly been silent after exiting the White House, has criticized the Democrats for their proposed H.R. 1 bill or the “For the People Act.”
In an op-ed in The Daily Signal, Pence said that he, like millions of other Americans, has concerns about the integrity of the 2020 presidential race. He’s worried that the bill will only “increase opportunities for election fraud,” further eroding people’s confidence in the election process.
“H.R. 1 mandates the most questionable and abuse-prone election rules nationwide while banning common-sense measures to detect, deter, and prosecute election fraud… Leftists not only want you powerless at the ballot box, they want to silence and censor anyone who would dare to criticize their unconstitutional power grab,” Pence said in the op-ed.
The former Vice President listed out some of the things he finds problematic with the H.R. 1 bill:
- States will be forced to adopt early voting, online voter registration, universal mail-in ballots, and same-day voter registration.
- All individuals listed in the state and federal governments’ databases will have to be automatically registered as voters. It would give millions of illegal aliens the right to vote. Plus, numerous duplicate registrations will also pop up.
- Voter ID will be banned.
- Local and state election officials will be unable to maintain voter roll accuracy and be banned from verifying voter eligibility.
- States will have to tolerate ballot harvesting. It puts vulnerable people at risk of coercion and increases the possibility of tampering with the ballots. For example, paid political operatives can collect absentee ballots from nursing home residents in favor of specific candidates by applying undue pressure on them.
- Felons will be allowed to vote.
- Many private donations to political campaigns will be made public, putting donors at risk of the left’s ‘cancel’
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Pence warned that if H.R. 1 is passed, it would erode America’s foundational principles and permanently harm it. He asked political leaders to reject the Democrat push to nationalize elections and instead focus on implementing state-based reforms to protect American votes’ integrity.
The Biden administration fully supports the bill. It states that the bill is necessary to strengthen American democracy after former President Trump’s failed efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The House passed the bill in 2019, but it was never taken up by the Senate, which, at that time, was under Republican control. Democrats currently have a one-seat majority in the Senate, giving them a slim chance of passing H.R. 1 through the upper chamber.
Mike Pence and Donald Trump relationship
There have been speculations that Pence and Trump are not on cordial terms. During the Jan. 6 electoral college vote counting, Pence refused Trump’s suggestion to challenge the election results’ congressional certification. Subsequently, Trump had accused Pence of not having the courage to protect the country.
However, Republican Representative Jim Banks recently revealed that Pence praised Trump in a meeting with GOP members and that the two leaders are in touch.
“Vice President Pence made it very clear that he’s proud of the Trump administration’s accomplishments, and he spoke favorably of President Trump and their relationship… I got the sense they speak often and maintain the same personal friendship and relationship now that they have for four years,” he told CNN.