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Opinion | For the People Act should be rejected

“The list of problems with this proposal goes on and on and, although the proposal appears to be at a dead end now, it will rear its ugly head again.”

The U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. (STOCK PHOTO)

For months, we have been inundated with stories of a federal proposal named by the Democrat Party as the “For the People Act.” Upon closer examination of this mammoth piece of legislation, it should be renamed the “From the People Act,” because this legislation clearly seeks to take the election process out of the hands of the American people.

As a former probate judge, I see this for what it is: a federal attempt to take over our elections in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

The number of things wrong with this “Act” could fill a novel, but the most troubling aspects of this historic attempt to alter our elections and change the fabric of our nation include:

Automatic voter registration: The bill mandates that individuals who have interaction with certain government offices would be automatically registered to vote, but there is no mandate in the bill to only limit that registration to American citizens with the right to vote. Therefore, an individual who goes to the DMV for a driver’s license is automatically registered to vote, even if a felony has eliminated their right to vote or if they are not a citizen of the United States. The same holds true for those interacting with other government offices for assistance with a variety of services. Democrats argue that is not the intent of the provision but still refuse to establish any voter eligibility verification requirements in their proposal.

Funding of political campaigns: This act would divert money collected from fines of corporations from the nation’s general budget to a fund that would be specifically earmarked for the funding of political campaigns. This newly created “Freedom From Influence Fund” will serve as the exclusive source of funds for all federal public financing programs of political candidates. The idea that this bill increases funding for political campaigns from our government’s coffers is sickening. Our government has a gargantuan debt but this bill seeks to collect fines and, rather, than devote them to paying down that debt, diverts them to the accounts of political candidates. Absolutely mindboggling.

The list of problems with this proposal goes on and on and, although the proposal appears to be at a dead end now, it will rear its ugly head again. “We the People” must remain aware of attempts, such as these, to undermine our Democracy and we must oppose such measures at every turn.

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Rep. Wes Allen served as the Pike County Probate Judge for nearly a decade prior to his election to the Alabama House of Representatives. Allen is a Republican candidate for the Office of Alabama’s Secretary of State.

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