The Honest Elections Project, a conservative group advocating for more restrictive voting laws, will release a poll Tuesday arguing that HR 1, the Democrats’ radical election reform, and the voting rights bill passed by the House earlier in this month, it is out of sync with that of American voters. “
The group’s memo, which will be sent to members of Congress and state lawmakers Tuesday before a critical Senate hearing on the bill, cites a poll it commissioned in which a majority of respondents support the laws of voter identification and agree that “strong safeguards and protections on ballots inspire confidence by making it difficult to conceal fraud.”
“HR 1 is out of sync with American voters. Few embrace its particular provisions, or its guiding principle that electoral integrity and voter confidence measures make voting ‘difficult’ and that Congress must impose new laws that remove them, ”writes Jason Snead, CEO of the Honest Elections Project, in the memorandum, a copy of which was obtained by The Hill.
The memo comes as the Senate Rules Committee prepares to hold a hearing on the Senate’s fellow HR 1, also known as the “Law for the People,” on Wednesday.
The House passed the electoral reform and voting rights bill mainly along partisan lines in early March, but the measure faces an uncertain fate in the 50-50 Senate, where it is unlikely to pass without a change to obstructionist rules.
The legislation would require states to offer mail-in ballots, establish electronic voter registration to allow same-day voting, and expand early voting. It also includes a fix for voter identification laws by saying that states that have them should allow unidentified voters to provide a written affidavit proving their identity.
And he calls for the establishment of an independent commission to redraw congressional districts every 10 years in an effort to stop partisan gerrymandering.
The legislation says states must allow a voter to designate a person to return their absentee ballot, which Republicans have criticized as equivalent to collecting votes. It also reviews the campaign finance system, including imposing a six-to-one federal campaign match on small donations.
Democrats have described HR 1 as vital to restoring faith in the electoral process, defending voting rights and reforming campaign finance.
The memo to be distributed Tuesday is based on an online poll of 1,200 registered voters conducted by the Polling Company by the Honest Election Project’s 501 (c) (4) organization. The poll was conducted from March 4-10 and shows a margin of error of plus or minus 2.83 percentage points.
It found that 77 percent of respondents agree that voters should be required to show photo identification when voting and that 66 percent agree that voters who cast absentee or mail ballots must comply. with a photo ID requirement.
The poll also found that 80 percent agree that “voter fraud deprives voters and casts doubt on the legitimacy of the democratic process” and 80 percent also agree that “strong safeguards and protections Electoral elections inspire confidence by making fraud more difficult to conceal and easier to resolve. ” dispel false accusations of fraud. “
Sixty-two percent of those surveyed believe that the practice of having political candidates, campaigns, or paid organizers go door-to-door to collect absentee ballots directly from voters should be illegal.
The memo also argues that American democracy is currently suffering from a credibility crisis, stating that the 2020 presidential election “was marred by confusion, haphazard changes in voting laws, and a progressive legal bombardment that used the courts to undermine undemocratic voting safeguards and skewing the rules. for a partisan advantage. “
“Millions of voters have doubts about the legitimacy of future elections. Left to stay, that mistrust can harden into apathy and disconnection, and drive public discord to alarming new heights, ”he says.
Polls have shown that Republicans did not accept the outcome of the 2020 election amid ex President TrumpDonald Trump Good luck Dan Bongino! The Hill’s Morning Report: Biden’s Next Act: Massive Infrastructure Plan With Tax Hikes Conservative Group Says Polls Show Democrats’ Voting Rights Bill Out Of Sync With US Voters MOREThe frequent and false claims that victory was stolen from him through widespread fraud. There was no evidence of widespread election fraud that would have changed the end result of Biden’s victory.
An NPR / PBS NewsHour / Marist poll published in December found that 61 percent of Americans overall, but only 24 percent of Republicans, are confident that the 2020 election results were accurate.
In a statement supporting HR 1 following its approval by the House, President BidenJoe Biden Good luck Dan Bongino! The Hill’s Morning Report: Biden’s Next Act: Massive Infrastructure Plan With Tax Hikes Conservative Group Says Polls Show Democrats’ Voting Rights Bill Out Of Sync With US Voters MORE He said the bill is needed especially in the wake of an “unprecedented assault on our democracy,” referring to Trump’s effort to overturn the election results and the Jan.6 assault on the US Capitol.
“The right to vote is sacred and fundamental, it is the right from which all our other rights as Americans arise. This landmark legislation is urgently needed to protect that right, safeguard the integrity of our elections, and repair and strengthen our democracy, “Biden said, adding that he looked forward to working with Congress to” refine and advance this important bill. “
Republicans, however, have criticized the bill as a seizure of power and an overreach of states’ rights. They have criticized various provisions of the bill, including one that would require states to automatically register criminals to vote after they have completed their sentences.
The memo released Tuesday coincides with a broader push from conservative groups to advocate against the passage of HR 1. These groups include Heritage Action, the Susan B. Anthony List, Club for Growth, Family Research Council and the Tea Party. Patriots, among others.