Majority of Americans are against federalizing elections, new poll says

President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies have been working overtime to push a bill that will federalize most elections at the state and local level, but as it turns out, most American voters are not fond of the idea.

According to the Washington Examiner, a new Center for Excellence in Polling survey revealed that on most subjects related to the potential federalization of state and local elections, a majority of voters are against such a takeover, spelling trouble for Democratic candidates who have presumably considered running on the idea in the 2022 midterm elections. 

The results are in

“Research from the Center for Excellence in Polling clearly shows that removing state control from the regulation of election processes such as voter registration is unpopular among a bipartisan coalition of voters,” said FGA spokesman Nick Stehle.

He based the statement off of key revelations in the poll, with one being that 67% of American voters being firmly against the idea of letting the president deploy the Department of Justice (DOJ) to sue states over voter registration efforts.

Another revelation in the poll, perhaps the most telling, was that overall, 58% of American voters are against the U.S. government having any say in a state’s voter registration procedures.

“Policymakers should keep this in mind when passing legislation related to election reform,” Stehle said.

Federal control of state and local elections, and the procedures that guide them, would all but ensure that voter integrity bills, like ones recently passed in Georgia, Texas, and Arizona, would no longer be possible for states that want to secure future elections.

Favoring Democrats

According to some, like the Boston Herald’s Betsy McCaughey, another reason why federalizing elections is nothing less than a terrible idea is that it would undoubtedly give Democratic candidates a clear edge in most elections.

“Her bill HR 1 trashes the U.S. Constitution in an attempt to rig the system and make it virtually impossible to elect a Republican president or Congress again. It’s a power grab,” McCaughey wrote, referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

McCaughey was especially critical of the idea of automatic voter registration, pointing out that everyone who “goes to a DMV or applies for food stamps, Medicaid or other social services, or attends a public college will be automatically enrolled to vote.”

That, combined with universal mail-in ballots being sent out to everyone — which Democrats love — and virtually non-existent voter ID requirements, makes it easy to understand why Democrats would heavily favor such legislation.

Only time will tell if Democrats are successful in radically changing the landscape — perhaps forever — of America’s elections at virtually every level, but Democrats will need to act fast, as such a bill will certainly be crushed immediately if and when Republicans manage to take back the lower chamber next year.

 

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