WSJ’s editors comment on the For the People Act:
These columns have reported some of H.R.1’s flaws already, but Ms. Huseman points out two hilarious provisions we hadn’t explored. The bill requires states to offer voter registration via “an automated telephone-based system.” She calls this “a wild, almost certainly nonsecure idea that no state currently uses and that election officials are baffled by.” Some of her sources suggest it was added to the bill at the demand of disability advocates.
H.R.1 also tells states to accompany mail ballots and applications with “a self-sealing return envelope.” Ms. Huseman: “These envelopes are about 30 percent more expensive than the envelopes currently in use for ballots, and their glue gums up the USPS’s machines—making voting more expensive and less efficient. It’s not clear what would justify such a change, as even the most disadvantaged voters have access to their own spit.”
The same question holds for the rest of H.R.1. What justifies ordering states to count mail ballots that show up 10 days after the election? Or letting paid operatives go door to door collecting unlimited absentee votes, as long as they aren’t working on commission? Or forcing local election staff to juggle two sets of rules, with some voters eligible for federal elections only?
Fifty states have their own voting laws, and it makes no sense to micromanage them all from Congress, down to the glue on the envelopes. Democrats have dumped H.R.1 on the public as a half-baked brainstorm because they’re in a rush to rig the rules to their advantage.
I don’t wish to be overly dramatic, but frivolities such as this probably signal the coming end of our Republic.