Democrats in Congress are about to launch their next attempt at a federal takeover of elections. The Senate is locked in a tense debate over HR4, recently passed by the House of Representatives.
Lawmakers spent months rewriting an earlier version of H.R. 4. Pelosi insisted the work was being done to make the bill more moderate and constitutionally defensible. But the end product is even more partisan than the original, jammed with anti-democratic provisions meant to consolidate federal control over elections, eliminate voter ID requirements, and even to rig the courts to favor the progressive litigators who challenge voting laws.
If Democrats were being honest, they’d name this bill the "Nancy Pelosi power grab" instead.
H.R. 4 aims to put Washington in control of elections through a process called "preclearance." Congress created preclearance in 1965 as part of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) to deal with the threat posed by poll taxes, literacy tests and other odious devices used to enforce Jim Crow disenfranchisement.