'For the People Act,' Democrats' election overhaul, divides Americans
Jun 21, 2021 2 mins, 12 secs

“The bottom line seems to be that most Democrats and Republicans want to take the potential for election results to be questioned off the table.

Monmouth released data this week finding 50% of those surveyed rated barriers to voting as their top election worry, versus 37% who said voter fraud was the big concern.

A large majority — 71% — said in-person voting should be made easier, while 50% said mail-in voting should be made easier.

The Senate bill sprawls across 888 pages — or 886 pages in the House version — and envisions a total overhaul of how states run elections.

Voting by mail would be a required option, with states unable to push for witness or ID requirements.

While legislation cleared the House on a near-party line vote, it is expected to stumble in the Senate, where there are just 50 members of the Democratic Caucus, and 60 votes are needed to overcome a filibuster.

Schumer on Monday blamed former President Donald Trump for “despicable lies” that have sent state legislatures in Republican-controlled states on a mission to tighten voting policies.

“My Republican friends are fond of saying they just want to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat in an election, but when you look at what they’re actually doing, it’s spectacularly obvious that Republicans are making it harder to vote and easier to steal an election,” the New York Democrat said.

He said Democrats “got the election outcome they wanted last fall,” taking control of the White House and Senate and holding the House, but they still want more.

Schumer, Monmouth’s polling found sharp differences in the way Republicans and Democrats approach the issue: 89% of Democrats say voting should be made easier, compared with 56% of Republicans.

Support for voter ID is 91% among Republicans and 62% among Democrats.

They found strong support for more disclosure of election spending, expanding voter registration chances, and restoring voting rights for felons after they serve sentences.

He said lawmakers should take a breather and perhaps talk to state election officials about the bill’s implications.

He said in the 1990s, Oregon became the first state to conduct a mail election.

Those voting in person, meanwhile, are supposed to show ID, but if they can’t, as long as an election official at the voting place recognizes them, they’re allowed to cast a ballot, or they get their picture taken on the spot

“People aren’t writing about this because the groups that have been going around the country telling people you have to make it easier and that is how we are going to get more people to vote, but that hasn’t turned out to be the case.” 


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