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Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced HR 4, the deceptively named “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act,” which would prevent states from passing essential election security reforms and create a pathway for federal bureaucrats to take over state elections.   

Heritage Foundation President Kay C. James released a statement Tuesday in response to the proposal’s introduction: 

“Free and fair elections are critical to the health of our republic. It should be easy to vote and hard to cheat. Unfortunately, with this proposal, the left would rather turn this principle on its head and sacrifice one of our most cherished and hard-fought rights in order to gain more political power.   

  

“HR 4 is the left’s latest iteration of an election takeover designed to remove fundamental election safeguards and open opportunities for cheaters to manipulate election results in their favor. The bill would essentially require every state to get the approval of partisan attorneys in the Biden administration before implementing any changes to their voting laws or practices.  

  

“We must not be fooled by legislation cloaked with euphemistic names. HR 4 does not honor the legacy of the late congressman and civil right leader John Lewis, nor the countless others who sacrificed so much to have their votes count. Instead, HR 4 would make it easier for those intent on committing fraud to cancel out the votes of law-abiding Americans by preventing states from implementing commonsense voter integrity laws and practices.” 

James recently released a video calling out the left’s latest attempt to weaken election security and manipulate elections so that they can gain power and implement their radical agenda.

Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow and manager of Heritage’s Election Law Reform Initiative, said the following:  

“Existing federal voting laws, including the Voting Rights Act and other statutes such as the National Voter Registration Act and the Help America Vote Act, are more than sufficient to protect voters and ensure that they can easily and securely vote without discrimination, fear, or intimidation.   

  

“Americans today have an easier time registering and voting securely than at any time in our nation’s history. Voter registration and turnout data, as well as the enforcement record of the U.S. Justice Department, show that there is no widespread, systematic discrimination by state or local election officials to prevent citizens from registering and voting.    

  

“It is not 1965 and there is no longer any justification for giving the federal government the ability to veto the election laws and regulations that citizens and their elected representatives choose to implement in their states.” 

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