The Stimulus Bill written by the US House was 1119 pages long. The Coronavirus Aid Relief Economic Security Act, CARES Act, that was actually signed by President Trump was 880 pages long. So, what pork was eliminated?
Obviously, a great deal of pork Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats tried to blackmail the GOP with was dropped from the final bill. This article will only zero in on how the Democrats tried to use $400 million of our tax dollars to destroy our election system.
The “Access Act,” on pages 643 to 704 of Pelosi’s “Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act of 2020” would have mandated that states allow voter fraud.
ELIMINATING PORK: TRYING TO OUTLAW VOTER ID REQUIREMENTS
The Democrats, assuming it would gain them votes in 2020 and beyond, tried to outlaw voter identification laws* that 36 states had enacted over the years.
The “Access Act” mandated online and by-mail registration, with only a “signature” and no proof of who the person was, THEN prohibited identification when the person was actually voting:
“If an individual in a State is eligible (that is, has registered using only his signature) to cast a vote in an election for Federal office, the State may not impose any additional conditions or requirements on the eligibility of the individual to cast the vote in such election by absentee ballot by mail, including (A) requiring any form of identification as a condition of obtaining the absentee ballot; (B) requiring notarization or witness signature or other formal authentication (other than voter attestation) as a condition of the acceptance of the ballot by an election official.”
ELIMINATING PORK: TRYING TO MANDATE BALLOT HARVESTING
After making vote-by-mail mandatory and after outlawing voter ID, the House Democrats wanted to mandate nationwide ballot harvesting:**
“PERMITTING VOTERS TO DESIGNATE OTHER PERSON TO RETURN BALLOT. The State (A) shall permit a voter to designate any person to return a voted and sealed absentee ballot to the post office, a ballot drop-off location, tribally designated building, or election office so long as the person designated to return the ballot does not receive any form of compensation based on the number of ballots that the person has returned and no individual, group, or organization provides compensation on this basis; and (B) may not put any limit on how many voted and sealed absentee ballots any designated person can return to the post office, a ballot drop off location, tribally designated building, or election office.”
Let’s review this: 1) any person, group or organization can pick up ballots from voters, even going door-to-door offering to deliver the ballots to the polling place for free; and 2) there is no limit on how many ballots a person, group or organization can pick up. The Act provides no punishment for ballot-collectors who do not properly deposit said ballots in a designated ballot location.
Ask yourself: who else besides a relative or friend would care if YOUR ballot made its way to the ballot box? The answer is: NO ONE except political organizations who wanted the vote to go their way.
ELIMINATING PORK: DEMOCRATS’ SCHEME WAS DEFEATED
In theory, both parties can take advantage of this legalized ballot harvesting scheme. In practice, Democrats have been committing voter fraud for generations. And it was Democrats, not Republicans, who drafted this election-integrity-destroying “Access Act.”
If you are a registered Republican, which is public record, the “helpful” Democrat operative who takes your ballot will throw it away. If you are a registered Democrat your ballot will make it to the election office. This writer wonders how Dems handle ballots from Non-Affiliated Voters, who now make up a significant part of the electorate.
Had this part of the bill become law, would GOP leaders have taken advantage of it, just to compete equally with Democrats?
Regardless who actually got this pathway to further voting fraud kicked out of the stimulus bill, it is a victory for the Trump Administration and, more importantly, for the American people.
Diane L. Gruber
Constitutionally Eligible Voter
*Democrats have been fighting against state Voter ID laws for decades. Why? When identification is required in order to vote, Democrats believe there will be fewer votes for Democrat candidates. In other words, Democrats think illegal voters, such as aliens, unregistered people, felons and children are more likely to vote for Dems than for GOP.
**Ballot harvesting is already legal in some state, such as Oregon & California, and has been outlawed by some, such as Texas & Colorado.