Former Vice President Mike Pence published an editorial in The Daily Signal on Wednesday in which he perpetuated ex-President Donald Trump’s false narrative about voter fraud in the 2020 election.
The House of Representatives on Wednesday is expected to pass House Resolution 1: the For the People Act – a sweeping election reform bill aimed at strengthening election integrity and protecting the right to vote – to which Republicans are almost universally opposed.
HR 1 “is an unconstitutional, reckless, and anti-democratic bill that would erode those foundational principles and could permanently damage our republic,” said Pence.
“After an election marked by significant voting irregularities and numerous instances of officials setting aside state election law, I share the concerns of millions of Americans about the integrity of the 2020 election,” wrote Pence. “That’s why when I was serving as presiding officer at the joint session of Congress certifying the Electoral College results, I pledged to ensure that all objections properly raised under the Electoral Count Act would be given a full hearing before Congress and the American people.”
That is a remarkable statement from the former veep.
Pence and his family were nearly assassinated during the siege on the United States Capitol on January 6th while he and Congress were certifying the results of the Electoral College. Yet his loyalty to Trump, who ordered the attack, remains intact.
“The tragic events of Jan. 6 – the most significant being the loss of life and violence at our nation’s Capitol – also deprived the American people of a substantive discussion in Congress about election integrity in America,” said Pence.
Pence repeated the lie that the election was wrought with fraud:
Many of the most troubling voting irregularities took place in states that set aside laws enacted by state legislatures in favor of sweeping changes ordered by governors, secretaries of state, and courts.
While legislators in many states have begun work on election reform to restore public confidence in state elections, unfortunately, congressional Democrats have chosen to sweep those valid concerns and reforms aside and to push forward a brazen attempt to nationalize elections in blatant disregard of the U.S. Constitution.
Pence noted the horrors of making it easier for people to cast a ballot:
The bill would force states to adopt universal mail-in ballots, early voting, same-day voter registration, online voter registration, and automatic voter registration for any individual listed in state and federal government databases, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles and welfare offices, ensuring duplicate registrations and that millions of illegal immigrants are quickly registered to vote.
States would be required to count every mail-in vote that arrives up to 10 days after Election Day. States must also allow ballot harvesting – where paid political operatives collect absentee ballots from places such as nursing homes – exposing our most vulnerable voters to coercion and increasing the risk that their ballots will be tampered with.
God forbid gerrymandering is eliminated:
Congressional districts would be redrawn by unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats. Illegal immigrants and law-abiding American citizens would receive equal representation in Congress. Felons would be able to vote the moment they set foot out of prison.
Pence also accused Democrats of stealing from the Republican playbook:
Every single proposed change in HR 1 serves one goal, and one goal only: to give leftists a permanent, unfair, and unconstitutional advantage in our political system.
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