The short answer is yes…in it’s current form, it’s toast. That’s because Democrats don’t have even their own party fighting for this bill, and it’s far short of receiving the 60 vote threshold it needs in the US Senate. Joe Manchin has said that anything that isn’t bi-partisan isn’t going to have his support. That would leave the Democrats with only 49 votes in the Senate and it would fail.
In case you’ve been living in a cave for the past six months or so, ever since the Democrats scraped by with the narrowest of margins in the House and the Senate for Joe Biden’s first two years in office, they’ve been trying to figure out how to change the rules so they don’t have to worry about ever really campaigning for elections again. So, they devised “For The People” act. It basically changes the way federal elections are run.
It opens up the polls for at least 15 days before an election for early voting. It pushes expanded hours. It really pushes mail-in ballots, because that’s where the Democrats shined in the last election. And it basically allows everyone to be automatically registered to vote, even if they don’t want to be.
Republicans obviously see this as a ploy to totally destroy the election system and set up one-party rule forever. And it could end up like that if indeed this gets the votes to pass. It doesn’t seem likely. The GOP is totally against creating anything similar to that, and it looks like the left has taken notice.
Tim Kane (D-Va) has been fielding “suggestions” from his party on how to re-write the bill to make it more acceptable to the Republicans. They’ve looked at every angle, including how to cut the 800 page bill down to a more manageable size, and maybe go piecemeal, rather than sweeping change. That’s the one thing it seems the Democrats have failed to learn in DC. Sweeping bills are very difficult to pass, and require a lot of political capital. What does seem to still work is when you break things down in chunks and pass parts of that sweeping bill individually. That is probably where the Dems’ are going with this one, but they are still going to fall way short of the 60 votes needed in the Senate. Biden has said he’d sign the bill if it ever got to his desk.
Overall, this is a terrible bill. It’s a partisan hack attempt at trying to get the people in this country to vote Democrat whether they want to or not, and it opens up the floodgates to the potential of fraudulent voting, which seems like it’s always an option on the table when the left finds itself in a poor position (like now).
The best thing to happen to this bill is to go down in flames, without GOP support. The way to fix the federal elections is to make Election Day a national holiday. Give everyone the day off work, and when they vote in person (as 99% should do), you basically dip their thumb in indelible ink, like they did in Iraq. That way you can only vote once. No mail in ballots unless you have a doctor’s order that you can’t vote that day for medical reasons, and you must show an ID. No early voting is necessary then. All votes need to be tabulated by midnight local time in order to be counted, and if they haven’t finished by midnight local time, the votes that aren’t counted are thrown out. That way you get around the piles of votes showing up at the election headquarters at 4am, or bags of ballots that were stuffed in a closet somewhere are “discovered” three days later.
What needs to end in this country is election fraud. It should be punishable by a $10 million fine per occurrence and if you can’t pay it you serve 30 years in prison with no possibility of parole. And the party that was attempting it automatically loses whatever election they were trying to fix. THAT is the way to fix our election problems!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!