How the “For the People Act” Would Irrevocably Change the Core Structure of Politics

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With the political turmoil and impeachment chaos that rang in 2021, some legislative proposals have gone unnoticed by the masses.

Both chambers of the Democratic led Congress introduced H.R.1 and S.1. This revisited legislation is more commonly known as the “For the People Act” of 2021.

Some believe this to be one of the most important pieces of legislation for decades. Unfortunately, few recognize any of its potential ills. This Act irrevocably changes the core structure of US politics from a Republic to a Democracy.

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Legislators claim this will bring equity to voters and correct the concerns of the current system. Rather than ensuring all voices are represented, this bill removes protections minority groups within the country. This bill hands over legislative power almost exclusively to large liberal cities on the East and West Coasts.

Changing from a Republic to a Democracy

Three main categories are being restructured with this change from a Republic to a Democracy. First, voting practices will be unequivocally changed. Second, dismantling of the electoral college from it’s current form may occur. And third, it will change the power structure of political donors.

According to widespread polls, both the left and right seek to address for a long time. Simply changing the type of government completely vs changing approaches to democracy within the structure of a republic may be dangerous in the future.

The For the People Act would require states to remove voter ID requirements. In place, individuals would complete a sworn statement attesting that they are who they say they are. It would make it “impossible for states to engage in bogus purging of voter rolls.” States could no longer stop people with felony convictions from voting after they’ve served their time.

This Act is giving mixed messages to a very torn nation. While most Americans seek correction of the system, the ‘For the People Act’ may be more For the Politicians. Gerrymandering would finally stop, but Super PACs could become more powerful.

Super PACs and special interest groups have long been a concern of the public. While the Act somewhat address these groups, it’s doubtful the act will remove these powerful players from the board. Matched and multiplied small donations would become commonplace rather than taking out the giants. Full removal of Super PACS and special interest groups while matching smaller donations would increase public power.

One definitive positive would be allowing automatic registration for eligible voters. The US stagnated on this point, while most countries have an automatic process.

Some, however, are still questioning the push for no voter ID’s and the increase in mail-in ballots.

During the pandemic, mass mail in ballots became a heated point of contention among voters of both sides. Investigations as to the integrity the voting process are still ongoing. This is due to sudden mass mailing and lax protocols to count and certify votes quickly.

Maintaining Accurate Records Called Racist and Abusive

The left is contending that requiring a valid government ID hurts minorities. This is despite the need for gov photo IDs for most day to day functioning.

Additionally, “counties should never purge voter rolls,” the Intercept reported. While most on the right would agree to multiple aspects of the Act, these two areas are concerning.

Everything from doctors visits to purchasing or renting a home require photo identification. Most aspects of daily life require photo ID’s, and minorities are not exempt. Understandably, some situations are extenuating, such as the elderly or homebound who are unable to physically get an ID. Frequently, the government issues medical IDs from digital photos for this reason. As these groups are certainly not the majority of voters, medical exemptions could be made.

Currently, purging voter rolls uses the standard of multi-cycle inactivity, relocation, or death. What is concerning is the desire to hold on to these extra names. Relocation or death should not restrict this process, rather be the reason to maintain accurate records.

Increasing Voter Engagement

Expansion of early voting, two weeks prior at 10 hours a day, should quickly increase voter engagement. Purging voter rolls and utilizing ID’s would simplify this process, while increasing election integrity. These steps would increase the trustworthiness of the system leading to less disenfranchised voters.

It appears legislators would rather continually loosen restrictions, rather than correct known concerns. Ultimately, politicians seek to keep power amongst themselves rather than trusting voters. These will not increase the faith among the disenfranchised or bring the needed unity to the people. The voice of the people is paramount.