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Congressman Mo Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Alabama

Brooks Votes Against Socialist Democrat Bill That Enables Voter Fraud and Election Theft

March 8, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC— Friday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted “No” on House passage of H.R. 1, the more appropriately named “Promote Voter Fraud and Election Theft Act.” Among other things, the Socialist Democrats’ 570-page bill makes it easier for illegal aliens and other noncitizens to vote in U.S. elections, thereby diluting and subverting the votes of American citizens and undermining the ability of American citizens to run their own government!

Congressman Brooks said, “As a backdrop, let me emphasize that the long term goal of Socialist Democrats is to dilute and undermine the voting power of American citizens. How do we know that? By past Socialist Democrat actions and conduct. For example, in many parts of America where Socialist Democrats enjoy dominant political control, they have made it lawful for illegal aliens and lawful noncitizens to vote, thereby diluting the vote of American citizens and undermining the ability of Americans to run their own governments! San Francisco is the largest such city, where illegal aliens and all other noncitizens can not only lawfully register to vote, they in fact vote in local elections.[1] Further, H.R. 1 does its best to exploit and expand voter fraud loopholes that Socialist Democrats slipped into past federal legislation that, for example, empowered as many as 95,000 noncitizens to register to vote, and 58,000 noncitizens to actually vote, in recent Texas elections.”[2]

Brooks continued, “Over the past two centuries, America’s state and federal governments have diligently instituted election safeguards that help protect the ballot box, voting rights, and the American Republic hundreds of thousands of Americans have died to give us and protect. H.R. 1 undermines America’s Republic by:

  1. Imposing “Mandatory Automatic Voter Registration” wherein people are automatically registered to vote based on information obtained from other government agencies (without the necessary safeguards that help ensure that only American citizens are registering to vote). This is particularly a problem in sanctuary states that give drivers licenses to illegal aliens and other noncitizens.[3]
  2. Allowing states to register to vote politically naive and easily misled children as young as 16 years of age.[4]
  3. Mandating that states allow voter registration via the internet wherein no proof of American citizenship is required.[5] This loophole makes it much easier for illegal aliens and other noncitizens to not only register to vote but, once they have their voter identification cards, to in fact vote.”

Brooks continued, “Other H.R. 1 flaws include:

  1. Suppression of First Amendment Free Speech rights by denying citizens their right to magnify their speech rights and engage in political campaigns by using their own money to purchase media advertising.[6]
  2. Mandating that convicted felons, even felons convicted of voter fraud, be allowed to vote so long as they are not currently in prison.[7]

Brooks concluded, “I have personally observed and read about far too many instances of voter fraud by Socialist Democrats who stop at nothing in their efforts to steal elections. Rather than strengthen America’s election laws by protecting the sanctity of the ballot box and the inherent right of American citizens to control their own country’s destiny, H.R. 1 opens the flood gates for voter fraud and election theft unlike anything seen in America’s history. In short, H.R. 1 is a massive power grab by Socialist Democrats and the federal government. About the only thing positive I can say about H.R. 1 is that, at least this time, Socialists are not yet using guns and bloodshed to overthrow the will of a nation’s people (unlike how Socialists, through force of arms, took control of China, the Soviet Union, Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea, and a host of other Socialist countries).”

Note: A thorough analysis of H.R. 1 by the Heritage Foundation[8] states as follows:

The Facts About H.R. 1—the For the People Act of 2019

The Issue

H.R. 1 federalizes and micromanages the election process administered by the states, imposing unnecessary, unwise, and unconstitutional mandates on the states and reversing the decentralization of the American election process—which is necessary for protecting our liberty and freedom.

The bill interferes with the ability of states and their citizens to determine qualifications for voters, to ensure the accuracy of voter registration rolls, to secure the integrity of elections, to participate in the political process, and to determine the district boundary lines for electing their representatives.

What H.R. 1 Would Do:

  • Seize the authority of states to regulate voter registration and the voting process by forcing states to implement early voting, automatic voter registration, same-day registration, online voter registration, and no-fault absentee balloting.
  • Make it easier to commit fraud and promotes chaos at the polls through same-day registration, as election officials have no time to verify the accuracy of voter registration information and cannot anticipate the number of voters, ballots, and precinct workers that will be needed.
  • Hurt voter turnout through early voting by diffusing the intensity of get-out-the-vote efforts; it raises the cost of campaigns. Voters who vote early don’t have the same information as those who vote on Election Day, missing late-breaking developments that could affect their choices.
  • Degrade the accuracy of registration lists by automatically registering individuals from state databases, such as DMV and welfare offices, by registering large numbers of ineligible voters, including aliens as well as multiple or duplicate registrations of the same individuals.
  • Constitute a recipe for massive voter registration fraud by hackers and cyber criminals through online voter registration not tied to an existing state record, such as a driver’s license.
  • Require states to count ballots cast by voters outside of their assigned precinct, overriding the precinct system used by almost all states that allows election officials to monitor votes, staff polling places, provide enough ballots, and prevent election fraud. Mandates no-fault absentee ballots, which are the tool of choice for vote thieves.
  • Prevent election officials from checking the eligibility and qualifications of voters and remove ineligible voters. This includes restrictions on using the U.S. Postal Service’s national change-of-address system to verify the address of registered voters; participating in state programs that compare voter registration lists to detect individuals registered in multiple states; or ever removing registrants due to a failure to vote no matter how much time has gone by.
  • Cripple the effectiveness of state voter ID laws by allowing individuals to vote without an ID and merely signing a statement in which they claim they are who they say they are.
  • Violate the First Amendment and could cover a vast range of legal activity. Voter intimidation or coercion that prevents someone from registering or voting is already a federal crime under the Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act. But H.R. 1 adds an additional provision to prevent interference with registering or voting that is so vague that it could easily interfere with free speech and other lawful activity.
  • Expand regulation and government censorship of campaigns and political activity and speech, including online and policy-related speech. H.R. 1 imposes onerous legal and administrative compliance burdens and costs on candidates, citizens, civic groups, unions, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. Many of these provisions violate the First Amendment, protect incumbents, and reduce the accountability of politicians to the public.
  • Reduce the number of Federal Election Commission members from six to five, allowing the political party with three commission seats to control the commission and engage in partisan enforcement activities.
  • Prohibit state election officials from participating in federal elections and impose numerous other “ethics” rules that are unconstitutional or unfairly restrict political activity.
  • Require states to restore the ability of felons to vote the moment they are out of prison. Section 2 of the 14th Amendment gives states the constitutional authority to decide when felons who committed crimes against their fellow citizens may vote again. Congress cannot override a constitutional amendment with a statute.
  • Transfer the right to draw congressional districts from state legislatures to “independent” commissions whose members are unaccountable to voters. H.R. 1 makes it a violation of federal law to engage in “partisan” redistricting and mandates inclusion of alien population, both legal and illegal, in all redistricting. This is an anti-democratic, unconstitutional measure that takes away the ability of the citizens of a state to make their own decision about redistricting.
  • Violate separation of powers and directly interfere with the President’s constitutional duties. H.R. 1 bans his political appointees, such as the Attorney General, from participating in, directing the defense of, or assisting in any matter (including lawsuits against a President’s policies, programs, executive orders, or his enforcement of the law) in which the President is named as a party.

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[1] City and County of San Francisco, Department of Elections, Non-Citizen Registration and Voting. https://sfelections.sfgov.org/non-citizen-registration-and-voting

[2] Investor’s Business Daily, Voter Fraud: Yes, Noncitizens Are Voting In Elections — Texas Just Proved It, January 28, 2019. https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/voter-fraud-texas-evidence-non-citizens-voting/

[3] H.R. 1, Section 1012, et al.

[4] Roll Call, 10 things you might not know about HR 1, March 6, 2019. http://www.rollcall.com/news/10-provisions-might-not-know-hr-1

[5] H.R. 1, Subtitle A

[6] Washington Examiner, House Democrats try to censor free political speech with HR 1, March 6, 2019. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/house-democrats-try-to-censor-free-political-speech-with-hr-1

[7] H.R. 1, Section 1013, et al.

[8] The Heritage Foundation, The Facts About H.R. 1—the For the People Act of 2019, February 1, 2019. https://www.heritage.org/election-integrity/report/the-facts-about-hr-1-the-the-people-act-2019