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Op-Ed: We Must Stop Democrats’ Attempts to Take Over Federal Elections and Focus on Real Solutions

By • May 9, 2022

The following Op-Ed was submitted by Congressman Mike Simpson. Note: Op-Eds do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch.

Washington, D.C. − “The right to vote, free from discrimination, is fundamental to what makes America great. But Congressional Democrats have introduced several bills in the 117th Congress, along with a litany of actions at the state level prior to the 2020 election and since, claiming to support voting rights and fair elections that will do just the opposite. Democrats claim to be enhancing voting rights when their real goal is to hand state and local control of elections over to the federal government and tip the scale in their favor at the poll. The federal government certainly has a role to play in providing funding to ensure safe and fair elections, but securing elections is primarily the responsibility of states and localities, while existing federal law already protects Americans from voter discrimination.

“One piece of legislation the House of Representatives considered was H.R. 1, the For the People Act. I opposed this legislation because it would have expanded the definition of political speech and increased the power of the federal government to control it, removed the non-partisan makeup of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) making it a blunt political tool of the party in the White House, and created a 6:1 government match to any small donor contribution of $200 or less in a congressional or presidential campaign.

“I also voted against H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Despite bearing the name of a stalwart champion of the Civil Rights movement, H.R. 4 amounted to nothing more than an unprecedented rollback of state authority to govern their own elections with a massive overreach by the federal bureaucracy. Specifically, the bill would strip each state of the ability to determine their own electoral districts, polling place locations, voter ID and registration requirements, and instead empower anonymous, liberal bureaucrats at the Department of Justice (DOJ) to dictate those regulations for them without any accountability whatsoever to the voters those new rules would impact.

“As we saw disturbing examples of in California, ballot harvesting is one of the most alarming threats to the integrity of free and fair elections. There, ‘designated ballot retrievers’ were authorized to collect ballots from drop boxes and polling sites with no certification, proof of U.S. citizenship, or any other requirement beyond wearing a badge and taking an oath prior to taking up this duty. Congressional Democrats’ electoral power grab in H.R. 1 would have mandated this policy at the federal level and prohibited states from setting a limit on how many ballots a so-called ‘retriever’ can submit to any given polling location. This policy would not only present a shocking federal overreach into state elections but could also clear the way for anything from misrepresentation of votes to rampant voter fraud across all 50 states.

“While these bills were described by their proponents as promoting greater access to free and fair federal elections, I believe their real purpose was to give Democrat candidates an advantage in areas where their supporters had been unsuccessful in implementing similar changes at the state level. I am glad that none of these bills have been successful in the U.S. Senate.

“What we have seen since this Administration took office and Democrats holding majorities in Congress is one scheme after another to advantage Democrats at the ballot box, silence dissenting voices, and dictate to Americans what constitutes the “truth.” This is a misguided use of time, resources, and political capital by President Biden and Congressional Democrats when what they should really be focused on are solutions to the real problems Idahoans are facing every single day.

“Instead of undoing state election laws to attempt to hold power and dictating to Americans what they can say or think, Democrats in Washington should be passing bills to promote domestic energy production and help lower gas prices, cutting out-of-control spending to rein in inflation, and securing our southern border to make America safer. However, the opposite has been true—as self-imposed restrictions on domestic energy production, along with geopolitical uncertainties, have sent gas prices skyrocketing to their highest levels in decades. Misguided and reckless federal spending has continued to grow, resulting in record inflation that is making it more expensive to buy groceries and make ends meet. And mismanagement by the same Department of Homeland Security tasked with determining the “truth” has enflamed the crisis at our Southern Border as demonstrated by the 1.5 million border arrests made in the last six months on this Administration’s watch.

“While I will continue to fight to protect voting rights and the integrity of U.S. elections, we all must be wary of election reforms that do not achieve this purpose. Instead of distracting from the growing problems facing our country, Democrats should get to work solving them.”

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Tags: Democrat, Election, Federal Election Commission, Mike Simpson, Republican

8 thoughts on “Op-Ed: We Must Stop Democrats’ Attempts to Take Over Federal Elections and Focus on Real Solutions

  1. Here’s a thought about election reform that I’m guessing Mr. Simpson might not be in favor of. I’d love to be proven wrong.
    New law#1–No campaign donations shall originate from outside of the district for which said candidate is running for.
    New law #2–no person or corporate entity shall be entitled to donate to a political candidate if ever, the aforementioned entity has been a recipient of government funds from said district that a candidate is running for.
    New law #3–no person who has received 50% or more of their income from government entitlement funds for more than 3 years, excluding retirees on Social Security, disabled persons, veterans, and those groups to be debated in the future, shall be allowed to vote in any election due to conflict of interest.

    Pick two of these, and we’d be in a better place.

  2. Guess we do not understand, most everything Simpson does aligns with the Democratic Party.

    A possible solution would be for all Congressmen and Senators to work and vote from home remotely, in their district. The house and senate chambers no longer need be in Washington DC. This way any lobbyist, etc would need to travel to the individual states to pitch their vial.

    In the meantime vote Bryan Smith this go around.

  3. This guy personifies all the problems in Idaho politics: too often re-elected, a chronic liar, part of the swamp, and calls himself a “conservative” republican when in reality he’s a mainstream democrat . Time for this chump to go.

  4. This is the classic move in Swamp politics. Pretend to defend against Democratic election advantages with milque toast legislation tactics that seek to mollify the anger of the voters with inexpensive tricks.

    We see through it all now. What WE THE PEOPLE want is for the politicians to ADMIT and ACKNOWLEDGE that widespread election fraud was conducted in the 2020 and follow-on elections. It was performed at every level. The fraudsters used MULES (of which we cannot speak of on Fox News or IN GOP circles). They used electronic theft methods (of which no court will hear about..cuz of “standing” issues). They used dead voters, phantom voters, ghost voters and illegal voters to puff up the ballot numbers that far exceeded actual legit ballot counts. They used adjudication in proportions way above normal to allow biased people to pick winners in races. They used crappy sharpie pens in Arizona to spoil ballots. They used everything…..and Swampers like Mike Simpson pretend that none of it happened, while they prance around promising that they will defend against it. They are trying to have their cakes and eat them too.

    ENOUGH!!! VOTE FOR BRYAN SMITH!!!!

  5. He needs to be voted out… routinely he votes against his oath to uphold Idaho’s conservative values. He voted for the $40 billion to Ukraine recently as well while all of us are suffering on a daily basis. I’m not sure if anyone else is suffering, but its now down to food and gas many times. So he can stuff it in his arse. He routinely talks big, but doesnt back anything he says.

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