Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

The Integrity of the Vote is the Foundation of Democracy

August 24, 2021

The Integrity of the Vote is the Foundation of Democracy
Speech in Opposition to HR 4
House Chambers, Washington, D.C.

August 24, 2021

Mr. Speaker:

       Not long ago, our elections worked. 

       We maintained accurate voter registration rolls and routinely removed people who had moved or died.  AFTER all the candidates had their say, on ELECTION DAY, we went to our local polling place.  We brought our children to watch the process and taught them to respect it. 

       Our neighbors on the precinct board handed us our ballot after we identified ourselves and signed the roll.  We took it into a curtained booth where no one could pressure us to vote a certain way.  We then handed that ballot back to our neighbor who placed it in a locked box.

       It was very hard to cheat because every ballot had a simple chain of custody.              

       The woke left is destroying that process in every jurisdiction it controls.  Voters can register and vote at the same time.  Outdated registrations are rarely removed from the voter rolls.  Ballots are sent to every name, followed by partisan harvesters to collect them.  Over 300 mail-in recall ballots were just found in the possession of a felon passed out in his car in Torrance, California.  In California you can print ballots on your home printer and then send them in.  Ballots are no longer secret: family members, spouses, caregivers, or party hacks can cajole and pressure you as you cast your vote.

       Every fraudulent vote disenfranchises a legitimate voter.  THAT is the ultimate voter suppression. 

       This bill effectively makes it impossible for states to restore integrity measures like in-person election day voting or voter ID.  It assures the chaos and turmoil of recent elections is magnified and institutionalized.

       In every election, somebody wins and somebody loses.  Democracy depends on both sides having the confidence that an election was fair and accurately reflects the will of the majority. 

       How can anyone have that confidence under such a system as the left would impose?  The answer is, we can’t.