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house Bill H.R. 4736

Preventing Foreign Election Interference, Banning ‘Ballot Harvesting’, & Cutting Federal Election Grants if States Let Non-Citizens Vote

Argument in favor

This bill would increase oversight aimed at preventing the influence of money from foreign individuals and governments in U.S. elections. It would also cut off grants to states allow ballot harvesting, a practice that opens the door to election fraud. Non-citizens are prohibited from voting in federal elections because it undermines the voting power of American citizens, and federal election grants shouldn’t go to states that allow non-citizens to vote in state or local elections.

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11/30/2019
Yes. Require Real ID for voting and ban foreign donations to presidential campaigns. In 2016 Hillary received numerous foreign donations, including Russia.......
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David's Opinion
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11/30/2019
This bill would increase oversight aimed at preventing the influence of money from foreign individuals and governments in U.S. elections. It would also cut off grants to states allow ballot harvesting, a practice that opens the door to election fraud. Non-citizens are prohibited from voting in federal elections because it undermines the voting power of American citizens, and federal election grants shouldn’t go to states that allow non-citizens to vote in state or local elections. Vote YES.
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11/30/2019
Anything that will help is better than nothing! I absolutely believe the only way Democrats win is by cheating! They stand for immortality and corruption!
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Argument opposed

This bill’s online political ad sponsorship disclosure requirements aren’t strong enough and won’t do enough to deliver transparency for viewers of online political ads. Cutting off states’ election grants unless they ban ballot harvesting will ultimately make it more difficult for people to vote. Additionally, blocking federal election grants to states that let non-citizens vote in local elections is a clearly partisan move aimed at liberal parts of the country.

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11/30/2019
Beware Republican’s Trojan legislation. This bill puts a lot of positive sounding concepts together without providing details. The Trojans are hiding in the details. Moscow Mitch is a Republican turtle who has mastered the technique of poking his head out of either side of his shell depending on how it benefits him personally. He has blocked Democratic legislation that would require a candidate to identity foreign agents offering political assistance, that would protect voting processes from electronic hacking and would ensure vote count integrity- because he did not want to ‘federalize’ state election processes. Yet, this bill would deny FEC assistance for States or municipalities that have chosen to allow non-citizen’s to vote on locality issues- which is not a federal issue at all. Besides that, the FEC has not been staffed for a least 6 months and is unable to form the quorum required to vote on anything at all. In other words, if trump and the RNC want to screw with election processes they can choose to not appoint FEC members or ask appointed FEC members to resign their appointments. Putting so much control in the hands of the FEC and not in legally adjudicated determinations, effectively puts control of election processes in the hands of the party able to make FEC appointments and not a matter of law. The FARA stuff sounds good but depends on ‘processes to be developed’- way too broad and easy to abuse. The reporting of sponsorship for political ads sounds good but in practice this would either point to a PAC or a candidate’s campaign fund. It does not address ‘dark money’ contributions which can be contorted through various legal entities to hide funding from foreign states. It would be much stronger to bring back the fairness doctrine as well as at least letting Republican Senate to see the Democratic legislation that is locked away in Mitch’s vault. The only case of harvested votes being defrauded was by a Republican running for re-election who hired ‘harvesters’ to defraud voters into signing unfilled ballots which the harvesters filled out per Republican direction to swing results in their favor. There were too many people involved (who could not be ordered to not testify) to keep the illegal actions secret and they were caught. … The only case! … Helping people who cannot get to the polls, have disabilities that prevent them from using individual mail services or are otherwise limited - is a valuable service that enables these folks to be counted. Legislation directed toward addressing innuendo-loaded and never proven threats of individual harvester wrongdoing - only ensures that the disenfranchised will be under-represented when the votes are tallied. Beware of Republican Trojan Horses.
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Republicans don’t pass fair voting bills. They can’t win without cheating, election fraud, and gerrymandering. Since their MO is Party Power over everything else, any bill that they put out to modify the process is YET MORE CHEATING TO WIN. So NO.
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11/30/2019
The best president ever! A stable genius, the chosen one even. He’s so humble too. The truth is he doesn’t even meet the basic requirements for a president. The excuse he didn’t get away with it is getting tired. It doesn’t prove he’s innocent, it just proves he’s an idiot. When you claim that’s just Trump being Trump, we know that. It’s just a con man being a con man. He’s not even any good at it, he’s been caught doing cons his whole life. He did violate campaign finance laws to payoff a pornstar, it’s public record. That’s how he got named Individual #1 and an unindicted co-conspirator in court filings. He did steal from his charity and he did pay $2 million because of that. His bogus university paid $25 million because it was just that, bogus. These are facts easily looked up that anyone can access. They are not the conduct of the best president ever. You’re an idiot to even suggest that.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Administration
    IntroducedOctober 18th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 4736?

This bill, the Honest Elections Act, would update existing election laws — such as the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), and the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) — with the goal of preventing fraud and foreign interference from undermining U.S. elections. It would also set standards for disclosing the candidate or entity paying for online political ads, increase monitoring of spending by foreign nationals in elections, cut funds to states that allow “ballot harvesting”, and prohibit the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) from giving funds to states that allow non-citizens to vote. Its key provisions are discussed in further detail below.


Combating Foreign Election Interference

  • This bill would aim to strengthen FARA — which already requires agents of foreign principals to register with the Dept. of Justice, file detailed reports with the DOJ, and post notices on disseminated information that their speech is foreign-sponsored — by applying it to foreign governments, corporations, and individuals which direct propaganda to the U.S. from outside of the country (as Russia did in the 2016 presidential election).
  • It would also broaden FARA’s coverage of “political activities” to include election-influence activities, such as non-paid social media posts toward the U.S. intended to influence an election.
  • Finally, it would update the “press exemption” from FARA’s requirements to be a broader, more technologically updated “media exemption.” This would capture more communication, including social media sites under the exemption (currently, the exemption is only applicable to traditional media outlets, such as newspapers). 


Modernizing Online Political Ad Disclosure

  • To create a workable disclosure and disclaimer regime to create transparency in online political advertising, this bill would codify existing Federal Election Commission (FEC) guidance clarifying that sponsorship disclosure is required on internet advertisements through a “click-through” option that is one step away from the ad. This requires viewers to click on a link to see detailed information about the ad purchaser.
  • This bill would also specify the parameters and requirements for internet ads, especially small digital ads such as cell phone ads, small screen banner ads, and character-limited ads.


Increase Monitoring of Spending by Foreign Nationals in Elections

  • This bill would require the FEC to conduct an analysis of illicit foreign spending in elections and publish a report detailing its findings.
  • It would also expand the existing prohibition on contributions and donations by foreign nationals in elections to include spending in state and local ballot initiatives and referendums. 


Discouraging States From Allowing Ballot Harvesting

  • This bill would require states to ban ballot harvesting by individuals other than family members, household members, or caregivers of the voter in order to remain eligible for Help American Vote Act (HAVA) grant assistance.
  • “Ballot harvesting” is defined as the practice of collecting vote-by-mail ballots from voters’ homes and turning them into a polling place or election office without state or local officials keeping any chain-of-custody requirements.


Preventing Non-Citizens From Voting

  • This bill would make any state that allows non-citizens to vote ineligible for all HAVA grant assistance. (At present non-citizens are allowed to vote in San Francisco’s school board elections. Legislation allowing non-citizens the right to vote has also been introduced in New York and Washington, D.C.)

Impact

Voters; voters who can’t get to the polls on their own; non-citizen voting; ballot harvesting; states; political advertisements; foreign money in elections; FEC; EAC; Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA); Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA); and Help America Vote Act (HAVA).

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4736

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Ranking Member on the Committee on House Administration, introduced this bill as an alternative to the Democrat-led SHIELD Act of 2019 (which passed by a 227-181 party-line vote on October 23, and which he objected to on multiple levels). Both bills are election security bills aimed at preventing foreign actors from meddling in our nation's elections, but differ in their specific tactics. When he introduced this bill, Rep. Davis said: 

“The type of interference we saw in the 2016 presidential election with Russia's misinformation campaign is unacceptable, which is why I'm putting forth the Honest Elections Act. Our bill is designed to fight nefarious actors from intruding in our elections without infringing on Americans' right to free speech or requiring unworkable standards for digital communications. We may never be able to prevent criminal activity, whether that’s in our elections or in our day-to-day lives, but we can provide our law enforcement with the best tools and resources available. It's imperative that our elections systems are free from foreign influence, and I hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will support this legislation and put the needs of the American people first." 

While the idea of allowing non-citizens to vote may sound outlandish, proponents of the idea point out that from America’s founding up until the 1920s, 40 states and federal territories allowed noncitizens to vote. At that time, non-citizens voted in local, state, and even some federal elections. They were also permitted to — and did — hold public offices such as alderman, coroner, and school board member. 

Ron Hayduk, a professor of political science at San Francisco State University, says offering non-citizens the vote was one way that frontier territories attracted settlers. For example, under the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, residents of the Northwestern Territory were enfranchised after three years; and under the Illinois constitution, they were enfranchised after only three months. However, Hayduk also observes that the naturalization process used to be quicker, easier, and seemingly inevitable. This, he argues, led people to think that everyone was on a path to citizenship. Thus, of the non-citizen enfranchisement, he argues, “it’s like: ‘So what? You aren’t a citizen now, but you will be.”

In fact, in 1874 — before women’s suffrage — after Missouri citizen tried to vote and was denied the right to vote, she took the case before the Supreme Court, which ruled against her based on gender, not citizenship. In that ruling, the Court ruled that “citizenship has not in all cases been made a condition precedent to the enjoyment of the right of suffrage." The Court would go on to revise its opinion on voting rights in later decisions, however: in 1904, it ruled that states have jurisdiction over voter eligibility criteria (“the privilege to vote in a State is within the jurisdiction of the State itself”); and in 1973 it ruled that while citizenship can be used to limit enfranchisement, it isn’t a mandatory condition for such (“citizenship is a permissible criterion”).

Non-citizen voting across the U.S. peaked around the 1860s through 1880s, when lawmakers began rescinding non-citizen voting laws and changing their state constitutions. From 1880-1920, the flow of migrants escaping political instability and famine in Eastern Europe caused both the Republican and Democratic parties to leverage what Citylab writer Tanvi Misra terms “the simmering racism and rising xenophobia accompanying World War I” to clamp down on non-citizen voting rights on a state-by-state level. The rollback of non-citizen voting rights coincided with the rise of other tactics to suppress voter turnout, such as poll taxes, literacy tests, felon disenfranchisement, and restrictive residency requirements. Finally, the passage of the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965 opened the door for the reintroduction of local non-citizen voting, and campaigns to expand the vote to non-citizens have been launched in several states since. Since 1996, federal law has prohibited non-citizens from voting in federal elections.

Proponents of immigrant voting believe that allowing non-citizens to vote is a question of equity. Manuel Castro, executive director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), an organization that promotes immigrant workers’ civic and social empowerment, says, “We’re not visitors. When you’re here, you’re part of this community that’s ever-changing and ever-evolving.”

Lawyers for Civil Rights civil rights fellow Lauren Sampson and Lawyers for Civil Rights executive director Iván Espinoza-Madrigal made the case for “all resident” voting in a February 27, 2019, joint op-ed

“Non-citizen residents are the epitome of ‘taxation without representation.’... Deprived of the ability to vote, non-citizen residents have no reason to believe their elected representatives will actually represent them, and they have no way to hold those officials accountable should they fail. [With the right to vote], non-citizens can become even more embedded in their communities: they can vote on policies affecting their families, businesses and homes, and have a say on how their economic contributions to the city are used… All-resident voting could draw in hundreds of new voters and leaders… [and help meet the goals of] increasing voter participation, lowering barriers to candidate participation and increasing the openness and transparency of the electoral process.”

In response to Portland, Maine Mayor Ethan Strimling’s proposal to allow non-citizens to vote in municipal elections, Ross Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University, argued against non-citizen voting in an August 20, 2018 op-ed: 

“The right to vote is a component of citizenship. It is not a dispensation granted to those who may or may not apply for citizenship… [Mayor Strimling], a Democrat, is obviously counting on antipathy to Donald Trump to induce progressives looking for any opportunity to stick it to the president to put the measure over the top this time. We may suspect that the mayor sees in these newly-enfranchised residents a healthy crop of New Democratic voters. It is understandable that a politician would want to ingratiate himself with a sizable portion of the population in his city. But bestowing the power to vote on those who have not and may never achieve citizenship debases the value of the franchise. Nor should it be reduced to a mere symbol of disapproval of the president. Donald Trump may well be worthy of disapproval, but there are better forms of opposition to his immigration policies than to create a new political constituency of non-citizen voters.”

Former Arizona Republican Party chairman Robert Graham, who backed an anti-ballot harvesting law in the state in 2016 (that, after being challenged in the Supreme Court, was ultimately allowed to stand by the Supreme Court), says, “I think at any level, Republican, Democrat or anything, it’s wrong. It’s a terrible practice. People should be responsible for their own votes.”

Steven F. Huefner, a law professor at Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, notes four ways in which ballot harvesting by political operatives increases the risk of voting fraud:

  • Ballot harvesters can destroy or discard ballots from those whom they know or believe voted for the “wrong” candidate.
  • Ballot harvesters can collect ballots in unsealed envelopes, or open sealed envelopes, and either alter votes or fill in blank portions of undervoted ballots (those in which the voter did not vote in some races).
  • Ballot harvesters can collect unfilled ballots and fill them in themselves.
  • Ballot harvesters can exert improper influence on voters while the voters are completing their ballots.

The Native American Rights Fund (NARF) defended ballot harvesting in a March 5, 2019 letter to House leadership. It defended ballot harvesting as particularly important to protecting the Native vote, as it helps mitigate challenges due to long distances and limited mail services:

“Several examples illustrate the reliance of Native voters on community members to collect their ballots as a necessary part of their ability to exercise their fundamental right to vote. In Montana, Election Day voting for voters on the Flathead Indian Reservation requires a three and one-half hour roundtrip drive from Dixon to the Sanders County courthouse. On the Duckwater reservation in Nye County, Nevada, the nearest in-person early voting and Election Day voting location is at least a five hour roundtrip drive because of the road conditions and mountainous regions. Mailing locations are not as accessible for Natives on tribal lands as they are to non-Natives off tribal lands. Home mail-service does not exist throughout Indian Country. On parts of the Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota, the Navajo Nation in Arizona, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin (to name a few reservations) homes are unmarked and do not receive regular mail service. Reservation homes that are unmarked are entirely reliant on P.O. boxes to conduct their business affairs. Even where mailboxes, post office boxes, and postal services exist, they are often great distances away from where Native voters live. The Intertribal Council of Arizona has testified that rural post offices are often 20 miles or more away from tribal communities. Roads within reservation communities can be difficult to navigate and dirt or gravel roads may be impassable during bad weather, especially during the winter election season of November. Mail-services are often limited… The answer to… [occasional ballot harvesting] violations is to use existing state laws, not to pass unneeded federal legislation that will disenfranchise Native American voters.”

David Wolfe, president of Well Versed Consulting, a Sacramento-based lobbying and marketing firm, made the case for improving, not eliminating, ballot harvesting in a February 2019 article in The Ripon Forum

“[T]he question of whether ballot harvesting should be allowed is filled with nuance and is not a black and white issue. The idea is not a partisan one. After all, predominantly Republican states such as Texas and Utah have ballot harvesting. So do predominantly liberal ones, such as Oregon and my home state of California… On the one hand, no voter should be disenfranchised and prevented from casting his or her ballot, especially due to age or disability. On the other hand, the prospect for fraud is real and legitimate… But allegations about fraud in this area remain unproven. And while individuals are of course entitled to their opinions, conservatives in California and other states where ballot harvesting is legal would be better served by raising money to take better advantage of this new voter outreach tool. Conservatives should work to do everything possible to improve the current harvesting system. For instance, ballot harvesters could not only be certified and trained by county election offices to collect ballots, but also be required to wear identification badges, as well. There could also be citizenship requirements, or requirements that harvesters be registered to vote in the county where the ballots are collected. Further, country registrars could be required to call or mail absentee voters during the canvassing period following the election to ensure that their ballot was collected and submitted by the harvester who collected it. If the individual didn’t vote, the ballot could be disputed. Finally, to further limit potential fraud, a harvester could be permitted to only collect up to 10 ballots per election cycle. Texas and Colorado have a similar restriction, and it is a far preferable solution to California, where, under AB 1921, an unlimited number of ballots per person are allowed to be turned in. In the last election, one harvester in Orange County submitted over 200 ballots at one time. Clearly, that doesn’t mean those ballots were collected fraudulently. But this restriction would minimize the risk of this occurring.”

This legislation has 20 Republican cosponsors.


Of NoteInvestigations and whistleblower accounts have detailed extensive communications between the Trump White House, Trump campaign, and foreign governments. Investigators have found over 100 contacts from Russia and Wikileaks between President Trump and at least 17 of his campaign officials and advisors. Recently, the President and his administration have solicited foreign interference in the 2020 American elections from multiple foreign governments, including China, Ukraine (which he’s facing impeachment proceedings over), and Australia.

In June 2017, Sen. James Risch (R-ID), chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, interrogated then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions about collusion with foreign governments to influence an American election. Sen. Risch said, “Collusion with the Russians - or any other government, for that matter, when it comes to our elections – certainly would be improper and illegal. Would that be a fair statement?” to which then-AG Sessions answered, “Absolutely.”

FEC chair Ellen Weintraub notes that the law is already clear on the illegality of accepting foreign nationals’ help in U.S. elections. In an interview on “Morning Joe,” she said, “[T]he law is pretty clear. ... It is absolutely illegal for anyone to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with any election in the United States.”

Edward B. Foley, director of the Election Law Program at the Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, argues that “[h]istory shows that a president sometimes might be justified in asking a foreign country to investigate a political rival, including a former vice president.” For example, in 1804, Aaron Burr contacted the British government, apparently to peddle a plan for severing part of the U.S. to form a new country in western territory. In response, President Thomas Jefferson had Burr prosecuted for treason (he was found not guilty). 

In this case, Foley contends, Jefferson would have been justified in asking Britain to help gather more information about Burr’s involvement in this plot, even though Jefferson was seeking reelection at the time and Burr might have coveted the presidency in spite of his plot. Given the circumstances, Foley concludes, “Whatever the circumstances of the electoral rivalries at that moment—and campaigns back then were, of course, very different from today—Jefferson as president would have been acting responsibly if he had requested Britain’s assistance in the investigation of Burr.”

The House has already passed three pieces of legislation to protect U.S. elections in the current Congressional session. They are the For the People Act (H.R.1), which passed the House by a 234-193 party-line vote in March 2019; and the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act (H.R.2722, also sponsored by Rep. Lofgren), which passed by a 225-184 vote in June 2019. Finally, the bill that Rep. Davis introduced this bill as an alternative to, the SHIELD Act (H.R.4617), passed the House by a 227-181 vote on October 23, 2019 without any Republicans voting for it. 

Both the For the People Act and the SAFE Act were rejected by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) due to Republican concerns over elections being federalized and concerns that their language didn’t address election security. They remain in limbo as of mid-October 2019. 

Commenting on the For the People Act's and SAFE Act's fates, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) says, “The committee and House have acted twice to shore up confidence in elections…we should all be able to agree we need to protect our democracy and with a sense of urgency. This shouldn’t be a partisan opinion.”

Even as it criticizes ballot harvesting by Democrats, the California GOP is working to expand ballot harvesting in the state. In a private conference call with GOP donors in February 2019, Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), says, “We got our clocks cleaned.” He added, “While the Democrats had an operation on the ground that was actually doing the ballot harvesting, we did not have a corresponding organization that was doing that. That won’t happen again.”


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AKA

Honest Elections Act

Official Title

To amend the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 to clarify the coverage of political activities directed within the United States by agents of foreign principals outside of the United States, to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to clarify the application of disclaimer rules for political advertisements which are disseminated online and to reduce the incidence of illicit foreign money in elections, to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to prohibit the collection and transmission of ballots by third parties in elections for Federal office and to prohibit the availability of funds under such Act to States which permit non-citizens to vote in elections for public office, and for other purposes.

    Yes. Require Real ID for voting and ban foreign donations to presidential campaigns. In 2016 Hillary received numerous foreign donations, including Russia.......
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    Beware Republican’s Trojan legislation. This bill puts a lot of positive sounding concepts together without providing details. The Trojans are hiding in the details. Moscow Mitch is a Republican turtle who has mastered the technique of poking his head out of either side of his shell depending on how it benefits him personally. He has blocked Democratic legislation that would require a candidate to identity foreign agents offering political assistance, that would protect voting processes from electronic hacking and would ensure vote count integrity- because he did not want to ‘federalize’ state election processes. Yet, this bill would deny FEC assistance for States or municipalities that have chosen to allow non-citizen’s to vote on locality issues- which is not a federal issue at all. Besides that, the FEC has not been staffed for a least 6 months and is unable to form the quorum required to vote on anything at all. In other words, if trump and the RNC want to screw with election processes they can choose to not appoint FEC members or ask appointed FEC members to resign their appointments. Putting so much control in the hands of the FEC and not in legally adjudicated determinations, effectively puts control of election processes in the hands of the party able to make FEC appointments and not a matter of law. The FARA stuff sounds good but depends on ‘processes to be developed’- way too broad and easy to abuse. The reporting of sponsorship for political ads sounds good but in practice this would either point to a PAC or a candidate’s campaign fund. It does not address ‘dark money’ contributions which can be contorted through various legal entities to hide funding from foreign states. It would be much stronger to bring back the fairness doctrine as well as at least letting Republican Senate to see the Democratic legislation that is locked away in Mitch’s vault. The only case of harvested votes being defrauded was by a Republican running for re-election who hired ‘harvesters’ to defraud voters into signing unfilled ballots which the harvesters filled out per Republican direction to swing results in their favor. There were too many people involved (who could not be ordered to not testify) to keep the illegal actions secret and they were caught. … The only case! … Helping people who cannot get to the polls, have disabilities that prevent them from using individual mail services or are otherwise limited - is a valuable service that enables these folks to be counted. Legislation directed toward addressing innuendo-loaded and never proven threats of individual harvester wrongdoing - only ensures that the disenfranchised will be under-represented when the votes are tallied. Beware of Republican Trojan Horses.
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    Republicans don’t pass fair voting bills. They can’t win without cheating, election fraud, and gerrymandering. Since their MO is Party Power over everything else, any bill that they put out to modify the process is YET MORE CHEATING TO WIN. So NO.
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    The best president ever! A stable genius, the chosen one even. He’s so humble too. The truth is he doesn’t even meet the basic requirements for a president. The excuse he didn’t get away with it is getting tired. It doesn’t prove he’s innocent, it just proves he’s an idiot. When you claim that’s just Trump being Trump, we know that. It’s just a con man being a con man. He’s not even any good at it, he’s been caught doing cons his whole life. He did violate campaign finance laws to payoff a pornstar, it’s public record. That’s how he got named Individual #1 and an unindicted co-conspirator in court filings. He did steal from his charity and he did pay $2 million because of that. His bogus university paid $25 million because it was just that, bogus. These are facts easily looked up that anyone can access. They are not the conduct of the best president ever. You’re an idiot to even suggest that.
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    The house has already passed a bill that does this. What has the Senate done about this? Why would the House pass two different bills dealing with the same issues?
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    I want Klobuchar’s version! I trust nothing from elitist Republicans who depend on the voters to clean up their “steady state” disaster.
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    Another Republican attempt at voter suppression in disguise. These are dangerous traitors
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    Clearly aimed at making it more difficult to vote in poorer communities.
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    Constitutionalist, by the sheer stupidity of your comment, you evidence that you are in no way, shape or form the name you use on this platform - Constitutionalist. If you were, you would be referencing your Repugnants as dumbos, not the Dems. You must be a bot, your comment was so far off! If not a bot, well then, you’re just plain ignorant. I’m with NoHedges. I want no bill from a Repugnant. Especially when it comes to voting rights. This bill is just smoke and mirrors. The Repugnants have been making it harder and harder for citizens to vote for over thirty years. They have gerrymandered so much that most former districts are unrecognizable. They have dropped voters from the rolls because of misspellings that may have been caused by the employee who typed the name into the computer record. They want to limit our numbers to only those who will vote for their party. They are scumbags. They have proven time and time again that they care nothing for you or me. They will STOP AT NOTHING to hang on to their power and money. THEY MUST BE STOPPED or the America we once knew and loved will cease to exist. IT’S THAT SERIOUS FOLKS!.
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    Wow! On the surface, HR4736, the Honest Elections Act, sounds like Republican Rodney Davis has all of our backs to keep us safe! But a load of shit by any other name, including one as forward-thinking and innocent-sounding as Honest Elections Act, is still a load of shit. A good deal of what’s in this bill already exists and HR4736 is really designed to make voting even more difficult for - who else - voters who typically do not vote a Republican agenda or for Republican candidates, and let’s face it - some Republicans just can’t win with dwindling supporter votes alone, so artificially limiting the number of voters who do not favor them gives the supporters a larger voice. What a truly novel idea this is Rodney! This bill is purposefully written to give the appearance to unwitting voters that the Republicans are doing their part to keep our elections safe, when the goal is just the opposite - alter the steps and safeguards to give an edge to Republicans who wouldn’t otherwise win.
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    This bill would increase oversight aimed at preventing the influence of money from foreign individuals and governments in U.S. elections. It would also cut off grants to states allow ballot harvesting, a practice that opens the door to election fraud. Non-citizens are prohibited from voting in federal elections because it undermines the voting power of American citizens, and federal election grants shouldn’t go to states that allow non-citizens to vote in state or local elections. Vote YES.
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    Is it okay for a sitting president to bribe a foreign government into investigating a political rival for personal gain, in return for aid already approved by Congress.? Our founding fathers didn’t think so and planned for it. Giuliani in talks to be paid by Ukraine official, while they were working together to attack trumps political opponent. Donald McGhan ordered to comply with subpoena. Bolton’s next:) Devin Nunez met with Ukrainians and directly pushed for Biden investigations. The meetings were set up by Giuliani’s Russian criminal friend Lev Parnas. Sondland was on a “Domestic Political Errand.” Was there a quid pro quo? Sondland, “Yes”. “Everyone was in the loop”. David Holmes, testified that Ukrainian officials “came to understand what was required” in order to get military assistance and a meeting with trump. U.S. ambassador to Ukraine felt threatened by trumps remarks and was threatened by trump while testifying. Long time friend and confidant of trump Roger Stone, found guilty of lying and witness tampering. trump has asked the Supreme Court to keep his taxes hidden, so no more separation of powers in the government. trump sought status of Ukraine investigations showing aid was depended on the investigations themselves. trump complains that witnesses all speak from 2nd and 3rd hand knowledge yet ordered Mulvaney not to testify. Laura Cooper testified that the Pentagon sought clarification from the trump administration about the hold up of the Ukraine aide and received none. A second person has said they reported sexual misconduct involving a former doctor who’s been accused of sexually abusing nearly 300 men over a 17-year period to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his staff felt they would not get the millions of dollars in aid money without publicly committing to launch the investigations Trump wanted. Senior trump administration officials considered resigning en masse in a ‘midnight self massacre’. State Department official says Giuliani was engaged in a campaign ‘full of lies and incorrect information’ about former ambassador. trump has issued pardons for two soldiers being tried for war crimes and returned rank to a soldier who took a selfie with a dead body. trump to pay $2 million for charity foundation misuse. trump wanted attorney general Barr to hold a news conference saying the president broke no laws on Ukraine call. White House official who heard trumps call with Ukraine president was told to keep quite. White House lawyer moved transcript of trump call to classified server after Ukraine adviser raised alarms. He has politicized our national security and has chosen Putin and other dictators over our own congress and security agencies. “I stated to Amb. Sondland that his statements were inappropriate, that the request to investigate Biden and his son had nothing to do with national security, and that such investigations were not something the NSC was going to get involved in or push,” Vindman adds. Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council is testifying that trump demanded that a foreign government investigate an American citizen in exchange for Congresses approved aide. Just reached a $984 billion deficit while he lines his pockets with our tax dollars and foreign money at his resorts. $400 million in aide money was withheld from Ukraine back in August and Ukrainian leaders were told it was not red tape, that they needed to talk to Chief of Staff Mulvaney to resolve it and make a CNN statement about Biden in order to receive said aide. Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, is running a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine that circumvents U.S. officials and career diplomats in order to personally benefit President trump. Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas. Look them up. North Korea just tested a submarine launched missile. Deserted our Kurdish allies who have been fighting ISIS with us and now are being slaughtered. All because he has a tower in Istanbul. “The Americans betrayed us. We do not trust them anymore,” she added. These used to be our Kurdish allies that stood against ISIS. He is refusing to comply with the law. He is using the power of the presidency to withhold aide to one of the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in exchange for political favors in order to sway the 20/20 election. He is acting like a criminal and threatening the life of the whistleblower. Mr. America first is sending troops to Saudi Arabia in support of a murdering dictator who spends millions at his hotels and resorts. Corey Lewandowski testified to congress that trump ordered him to obstruct justice. He is blocking information that pertains to the safety of our country from reaching congress. He has been threatening NOAA, a federal agency, with punishment if they do not disavow the truth and side with his lies. He invited the Taliban to Camp David the week of 9/11. He is a #PussyAssBitch He’s doctoring weather maps to try and prove he’s not an idiot. He has stayed at trump properties 293 days in 3 years, that’s our tax dollars going directly into his pocket. He took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. He has privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. He is pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. He took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. He thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. He is host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Again our tax dollars paying him directly. He taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. He was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. This year the richest of us payed less in taxes than the rest of us. He is destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). He made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. He bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. He is refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. He is attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. He thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. He has: Obstructed Justice. Is profiting from the Presidency. Colluded - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocated political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a criminal investigation of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    Sorry, the SHIELD Act, which passed the House last spring, is better. The Senate should take up that bill and work with the House to pass it ASAP in order to protect our elections in 2020. We don't need this bill.
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    Poorly written legislation that does not address voting issues. Stop foreign interference period, make it a felony. Each state CURRENTLY has rules for allowing the public to register to vote. Stop the over reach.
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    This is ham-fisted xenophobia dressed up like it’d solve actual problems
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    I'm not entirely clear on why it's bad for non-citizens to vote. That's a broad spectrum of people who might have been here for a while, and have engagaed in most facets of American Life.
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    Anything that will help is better than nothing! I absolutely believe the only way Democrats win is by cheating! They stand for immortality and corruption!
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    We need to make it easier to vote, not harder. The senate needs to vote on HB1, which will promote election security, reduce partisan gerrymandering and also address the campaign finance fiasco.
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    Too much voter suppression crap concealed as protection & NOT NEARLY ENOUGH ACTUAL PROTECTION FROM RUSSIA. This online political ad sponsorship disclosure requirements are POOR and won’t deliver transparency for viewers of these ads. Cutting off states’ election grants for any reason will make it more difficult for people to vote. Thus voter suppression. The Republicans’ mantra of non-citizens vote in local elections is a clearly partisan move aimed at liberal parts of the country.
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    This bill is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, designed to allow republicans to cheat in elections. Vote NO
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