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Setting the Record Straight: H.R. 1

Myth #1: This bill modernizes voter registration and makes it easier to vote.

Fact: This bill will lead to the automatic registration of ineligible voters.

  • H.R. 1 requires all states to automatically register every person, regardless of whether they consent or are even ineligible. This will lead to situations where ineligible voters such as illegal aliens and criminals are automatically enrolled. The bill also provides legal protections for illegible voters who are automatically registered, a clear indication that its drafters fully expect that ineligible voters will be added to voter rolls.

Myth #2:This bill improves voter access.

Fact: This bill mandates same-day registration, without an effective way of verifying voter eligibility.

  • H.R. 1 requires states to immediately register a person on election day, removing the traditional buffer period that states like New York have in place to verify an individual’s personal information and eligibility. With no safeguards in place to ensure a potential same-day voter is eligible to vote, this paves the way for administrative errors and fraud.

Myth #3: This bill gives states more freedom and strengthens election security.

Fact: With H.R. 1, Speaker Pelosi is taking rights away from states that they’ve held for more than 100 years.

  • The bill interferes with the ability of states and their citizens to set voter ID standards, determine qualifications for voters, ensure the accuracy of voter registration rolls, secure the integrity of elections, participate in the political process, and establish the boundary lines for districts. House Democrats claim this bill would only apply to federal elections, but its requirements are so far-reaching that state election authorities will have no choice but to adopt the mandates across the board for all elections, especially regarding voter ID rules. This is unconstitutional and undermines the core principle of federalism that our country is based on.

Myth #4:This bill empowers small donors to participate in the political process.

Fact: This bill actually uses hard-earned taxpayer dollars to publicly fund political campaigns.

  • This bill allows public funds to create a six-to-one match on political contributions up to $200. This means billions of dollars of American citizen’s taxes – your money – will be spent to fund the campaigns of political candidates, including those you do not even agree with. We don’t need the federal government getting involved in funding political candidates – small dollar donors contributed billions in the last presidential race, and they will continue to back candidates they support with their own money. The American voters should decide where their money goes, not politicians in Washington.

Myth #5:This bill increases campaign finance transparency.

Fact: This bill actually publicly funds candidate campaign salaries.

  • Candidates that take a salary out of their campaigns would now be able to be paid with public funds provided by the previously mentioned six-to-one match program. Not only will American taxpayers be funding political campaigns, now they’ll also be paying political candidates. Financial giveaways like this to political candidates won’t do anything to improve our elections.

Myth #6: This bill improves election security infrastructure to counter the threat of foreign election interference.

Fact: Democrats are misleading the public by providing a false sense of security.

  • A larger federal bureaucracy will do little to protect states’ election infrastructure. In fact, it makes our elections less secure by creating one primary point of contact for hackers and foreign actors to target. We need to keep the power of administering elections in the hands of the states and deliver them more resources to protect election infrastructure.

Myth #7: This bill improves the administration and enforcement of campaign finance rules by reforming the Federal Election Commission to counter corruption.

Fact: Democrats are attempting to change the rules to benefit them politically. This bill has absolutely nothing to do with rooting out corruption.

  • This bill would change the Federal Election Commission from the current bipartisan body that it is, to a hyper-partisan one with greater power concentrated in the hands of a single individual. This is a partisan solution to a problem that simply does not exist.