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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.

Justin's Opinion
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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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Chester 's Opinion
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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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11/30/2019
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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Dicr's Opinion
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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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      Committee on Administration
    IntroducedOctober 18th, 2019

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Title

Honest Elections Act

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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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    This is ham-fisted xenophobia dressed up like it’d solve actual problems
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    This bill is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, designed to allow republicans to cheat in elections. Vote NO
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