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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

In Opposition to HR 1 - How Democracies Die

March 2, 2021
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Congressman McClintock delivered the following remarks on the House
floor in oppostion to HR 1:
 
In Opposition to HR 1
How Democracies Die
March 2, 2021
 
M. Speaker:
 
Democracies die when one party seizes control of the elections process, eliminates the safeguards that have protected the integrity of the ballot, places restrictions on free speech, and seizes the earnings of others to promote candidates they may abhor.  That’s the bill before us today.

The most dangerous provision nationalizes the mass-mailing of ballots to voter rolls that contain untold numbers of people who have moved or died.  It allows ballot harvesters to knock on doors and collect these ballots.  There is no chain of custody from the time the ballot is mailed until the time it is returned.    Ballots can be cast weeks before the election and under the duress of family, friends or precinct workers.   
 
Even if it doesn’t rob our elections of their actual legitimacy, it certainly robs them of their perceived legitimacy, destroying the trust that the loser of any election must have to accept the winner as rightful.    
 
That’s the bitter legacy of the last election under these practices.  Why would anyone want to institutionalize them?
 
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