Second-term Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) explained that Republicans and Democrats must work together to reacquire the trust of all voters, strengthen laws like national voter ID requirements, and guarantee election integrity.
“There’s this mythology amongst Democrats that common sense rules in an election are synonymous with voter suppression. They make it sound like you have to go through an obstacle course to go vote. This isn’t true. It’s nonsense and everybody knows it. [The] truth is that four out of five Americans support voter ID laws,” announced Crenshaw on the House floor Wednesday.
“Countless Americans have expressed concern because they receive mail-in ballots for other people, addressed to their homes. They want this fix. They don’t want the problem to get worse.”
Democrats’ H.R.1 would ask states to use an automated voter registration system for federal elections and permit same-day voter registration. Some Republicans have maintained the bill would guarantee that GOP candidates would never get elected again throughout presidential races.
Crenshaw stated H.R.1 makes elections less secure because it does not address the problems that millions of Americans were concerned about following the 2020 elections, like universal mail-in ballots, and careless voter ID verification processes.
“But instead, this bill makes permanent the problematic election practices that cause distrust. For example ballot harvesting, which creates a serious chain-of-custody issues; universal mail-in voting without safeguards, which creates the kind of chaos where your ballot ends up in somebody else’s hands; or forcing states to disregard their own voter ID laws and use sworn statements instead of an ID,” announced Crenshaw.
“The integrity of our elections must be self-evident, where the mere possibility of fraud is improbable because the process itself is airtight and secure. Many states do not meet this standard. We should be working together to make elections more secure, not less,” he went on.
Meanwhile, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), chair of the House Administration Committee, announced on Wednesday through a press conference in support of H.R.1 that Republicans in state legislatures are attempting to suppress voters, particularly those from communities of color.
“After that [Nov. 3 election], enormous turnout we saw Republican legislatures all over the country try to stop that voting, to stop the absentee voting, to impose barriers to make it harder for Americans to vote,” said Lofgren.
While Democrats are worshiping H.R.1 as the solution to voter suppression and election integrity, Republicans are stating they will not vote for the bill in its current form because it invites voter fraud.