S. 1 Undermines Election Transparency and Security, Makes Credibility Crisis Even Worse

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Pro-life, Pro-family Activists Flood Phone Lines of Sens. Manchin, Sinema, and Tester in Opposition to S. 1

Washington, D.C.  –Today the U.S. Senate Rules Committee will hold a hearing on S.1, legislation to override state election laws and further undermine the credibility of U.S. elections. National Chairman of the Election Transparency Initiative and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued the following comment in opposition to the legislation:

“S.1 intentionally targets free and fair elections by attacking First Amendment freedoms and weakening protections against voter fraud. At a time when public trust and confidence in our elections has hit an all-time low, now more than ever we need greater security, transparency, and accountability – not a Washington takeover of state elections serving the interests of corrupt politicians over the people they are supposed to put first. Voters overwhelmingly support a simple and secure voting process, common sense voter ID requirements, and strengthening voting safeguards that prevent fraud – not eliminate them. But the reality is that this bill is so bad that it is unable to pass the Senate unless the rules are changed by Democrats to force it on the American people. It’s simply that bad.”

 The Election Transparency Initiative is a partnership between American Principles Project (APP) and the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List). SBA List previously scored against the House version of the bill, H.R.1. SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser added:

“S.1 is an existential threat to our mission to elect lawmakers who will fight for protections for unborn children and their mothers. With this bill, pro-abortion Democrats are seeking to cement their power in Washington by putting the federal government in charge of elections in all fifty states, and change the bipartisan makeup of the Federal Election Commission, opening the door to fraud with impunity. We remain vigilant in fighting against Democrats’ attempts to change the rules and destroy foundational American principles, including the right to life.”        

The Election Transparency Initiative was organized in February to combat H.R. 1/S. 1 and advocate for state-based election reform that voters can trust. The group this week launched a grassroots call campaign to Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) urging them to oppose S.1.

Polling released yesterday by the Honest Elections Project shows:

  • 64% of voters, including Black (51%) and Hispanic (66%) voters, as well as urban (59%) and Independent (61%) voters, want to strengthen voting safeguards that prevent fraud – not eliminate them.
  • 77% of voters, including strong majorities of Republicans (92%), Independents (75%), and Democrats (63%) all support requiring voter ID.
    • 64% of Black voters, 77% of Hispanics, and 76% of low-income voters reject the notion that presenting a form of ID at the ballot-box is a “burden.”
  • Two-thirds of voters (66%) support increased protections on absentee voting, like requiring voter ID to vote absentee, which S.1. expressly blocks.

SBA List is a network of 900,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.


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