Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) said he would vote against an election reform bill being pushed by his Democratic colleagues, also known as the For The People Act, or S.1, and said that it will force through the biased reconciliation process. divisions further deepened.
“I believe that legislation on partisan voices will destroy the already weakening bonds of our democracy, and therefore I will vote against the People’s Act for the people,” he wrote in a home state newspaper. The Charleston Gazette Mail.
Manchin also reaffirmed that he would not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster.
He criticized Democrats and Republicans for politicizing their election reform to seek partisan advantage and urged both parties to work together to find a way forward.
He suggested that the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act be a good starting point for gaining dual support for electoral reform.
The senator also expressed concern about the tendency to fight for absolute power over cooperation within the Beltway.
“It has been said by many wiser people than I do that absolute power is absolutely spoiled,” he wrote. “Well, what I saw during my time in Washington is that every party in power always wants to exercise absolute power.”
Following a controversial election in 2020, a number of states have launched election reform in various forms to guarantee the integrity of the election.
Democrats in Washington, however, are pushing aggressive unilateral election reforms in an attempt to outline some of the operations carried out at the federal level during the last federal election in the For the People Act.
The law would federalize components of the electoral system, eliminating almost all photo identification requirements, requiring states to offer 15 days of early voting, allowing “no excuse” to be absent, and requiring states to implement a system of automatic voter registration and allow registration on the same day on any day.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) said in a memorandum to fellow Democrats that he would force a vote in the Senate on the comprehensive election reform bill “essential to defending our democracy, the influence of reduce dark money and powerful special interests, and stop the wave of oppression of Republican voters in states across the country. ”
The bill is expected to receive little, if any, support from the Republican side.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Has vowed to block the bill, which he describes as an improper government grant in state electoral systems. He said no GOP senators support it.
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) Described the bill as a massive federal takeover of elections. ‘
Manchin’s objection would diminish Democrats’ hopes of making it disappear in the 50-50 Senate, even without the filibuster.
The Epoch Times contacted Schumer’s official for comment.
The House version of the For The People Act, HR 1, was passed in March.
All Republicans and one Democrat, Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss), voted against the bill.
Critics have vowed to bring a flood of lawsuits if passed by the Senate and signed by President Joe Biden.
“There are a number of constitutional flaws and shortcomings that stem from the treatment of presidential and congressional elections in the same way, although Congress has significantly reduced the powers to regulate presidential elections under the Constitution,” said Jason Snead, executive director of the Honest Elections Project, said reporters.
Associated Press contributed to the report.