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Conservative Group: Poll Shows Voting Rights Bill 'Out of Sync With American Voters'

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First time voter Daylon Stutz, 23, votes at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on November 3, 2020 in Golden, Colorado. (Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 March 2021 10:47 AM

The conservative group The Honest Elections Project on Tuesday released the results of polling that it says shows the election reform bill that Democrats recently passed in the House "is out of sync with American voters," The Hill reports.

In a memo to be sent to congressional and state legislators on Tuesday, and obtained by the Hill, the group shared the results of a survey of 1,200 registered voters conducted by the Polling Company from March 4-10, with a margin of error of +/- 2.83 percentage points.

  • 77% say voters should have to show a photo ID when casting a ballot.
  • 66% say that voters who cast a mail-in or absentee ballot should also have a photo ID requirement.
  • 80% agree with the statement: "election fraud disenfranchises voters and casts doubt on the legitimacy of the democratic process."
  • 80% agree with the statement: "strong safeguards and ballot protections inspire confidence by making it harder to hide fraud, and easier to dispel false allegations of fraud."
  • 62% said that door-to-door collection of absentee ballots by political candidates, campaigns, or organizers should be illegal.

"H.R. 1 is out of sync with American voters," Honest Elections Project executive director Jason Snead writes in the memo. "Few embrace its particular provisions, or its guiding principle that election integrity and voter confidence measures make voting ‘hard’ and that Congress must impose new laws that eliminate them."

It goes on to claim that the 2020 presidential election "was marred by confusion, haphazard changes to voting laws, and a progressive legal blitz that used courts to undemocratically weaken voting safeguards and skew the rules for partisan advantage."

The memo adds, "Millions of voters harbor doubts about the legitimacy of future elections. Left to linger, that distrust may harden into apathy and disengagement, and drive public discord to alarming new heights."

President Joe Biden said after the House passed the bill that it’s especially necessary following the "unprecedented assault on our democracy," in an apparent reference to both the Capitol assault last January and former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the election.

"The right to vote is sacred and fundamental — it is the right from which all of our other rights as Americans spring," Biden said. "This landmark legislation is urgently needed to protect that right, to safeguard the integrity of our elections, and to repair and strengthen our democracy."

Despite the House passing its election reform bill, H.R. 1, the Senate seems less likely to pass its version of the legislation, S.1, though Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on Wednesday: "Make no mistake: Democracy reform must be a top priority of this Congress and I will put S.1. — the For the People Act — on the floor of the Senate. S.1. is going to be a top priority this Congress. We will fight and fight and fight to get this done legislatively. Failure is not an option."

An unidentified Democrat secretary of state told Politico last month that "The devil is in the details. There are aspects of HR1 that if they went into effect, wouldn't necessarily affect states like mine. ... We have to make sure, though, that we are not creating unintended consequences, and creating less opportunity. Those of us that are in support of the principle of HR1, we want to work closely with Congress, to make sure that states that have very accessible election systems in place, that those are protected, that those aren't unintentionally altered to the negative."

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The conservative group The Honest Elections Project on Tuesday released the results of polling that it says shows the election reform bill that Democrats recently passed in the House "is out of sync with American voters...
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Tuesday, 23 March 2021 10:47 AM
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