RSLC’s Commission on Election Integrity Co-Chairs Respond to the Defeat of the Democrats’ Partisan Power Grab

Washington, DC — The partisan ‘For The People Act,’ legislation that would overrule state election laws and impose dangerous voting practices nationwide, today failed to advance in the Senate. Following the bill’s defeat, the Republican State Leadership Committee’s (RSLC) Commission on Election Integrity Co-Chairs Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Michigan state Senator Ruth Johnson released the following statement.

“Democrats in Washington have been pushing a partisan power grab that would force taxpayers to fund campaigns voters disagree with, diminish transparency, and prohibit reasonable measures to verify the identity of voters, undermining the 80 percent of Americans that support voter ID. No one-size-fits-all approach will restore confidence in our elections; election reforms will be more effective and efficient when carried out at the state level, closest to the voters. We agree with Joe Manchin that election reform need not be partisan, and have recommended state-centered election reforms from both Republican-and-Democrat-led states. We hope today’s result brings Democrats to their senses so they can join state Republicans as they continue to develop real solutions that make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.”

The RSLC’s Commission on Election Integrity in April released a best practices report, which draws on election policies and procedures from both Republican-and Democratic-led states, to restore the American people’s trust in their free and fair elections and provide a better way forward than what national Democrats are proposing. Election reform may be a national priority – but it’s in the states where action needs to be taken.

The failure of S.1 to advance follows polling released earlier this month by the Honest Elections Project showing:

  • 28% of Americans support S1.
  • 64% of Americans want voting to be safeguarded.
  • 72% of Americans say it would be easy to comply with an ID law.