Executive Order 14019 “Promoting Access to Voting” of March 7, 2021, “Section 1. Purpose. The right to vote is the foundation of American democracy. Free and fair elections that reflect the will of the American people must be protected and defended. But many Americans, especially people of color, confront significant obstacles to exercising that fundamental right. These obstacles include difficulties with voter registration, lack of election information, and barriers to access at polling places …” Why is the White House forcing agencies that have nothing to do with elections to become intimately involved with voting? This Executive Order attempts to federalize election laws to benefit the Left and keep the Democratic Party in power. The Order directs more than 400 federal agencies to develop plans to “expand citizens’ opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process.” Agencies must direct voters to state and federal registration websites, distribute registration and vote-by-mail applications, assist people in completing them, and allow third-party organizations to register voters on agency premises. For instance, the Department of Education is preparing a “tool kit of resources and strategies” to be shared with 67 million students.
Dēmos is a liberal think tank based in the United States. Its mission is to “power the movement for a just, inclusive, multiracial democracy.” Executive Order 14019 parrots a Dēmos plan to influence national elections. According to the Dēmos website, “the assault on our democracy over the last four years has been severe, complete with intentional and structural disenfranchisement aimed at Black and brown communities … In this piece, Dēmos lays out a series of executive actions the new administration can take in partnership with federal agencies to help ensure the integrity of our elections and strengthen opportunities for civic participation for all Americans, particularly for Black and brown Americans.” Under the Dēmos plan, the heads of every federal agency must submit a plan outlining their strategy to engage in voter registration and mobilization efforts to the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Susan Rice. Federal agencies must submit to Rice “a strategic plan outlining the ways identified under this review that the agency can promote voter registration and voter participation.” The purpose of this plan is obvious. Suppose Congress fails to pass an election bill to override the sensible election integrity laws passed in more than 18 states. In that case, the president will do so through executive order. In other words, federal election laws will supersede state law.
Executive Order 14019 mandates that all federal agencies use their resources to register potential voters, encourage voting by mail over in-person voting, and use third-party organizations to assist voters. The Constitution places primary responsibility for creating election laws squarely upon the shoulders of the state legislatures with limited congressional oversight. But here we have the president influencing election laws to undermine state law through executive order. If the Left cannot win in a fair and just election, it will try to rig the game in its favor, just as it did in the election of November of 2020. The majority of states have passed laws that limit voting by mail and require voters to submit identification before voting. Fearing that these state laws could help Republicans, congressional Democrats are pushing a sweeping legislative effort that would drastically overhaul voter registration processes and place more authority in the hands of the federal government. But the Supreme Court has ruled that state law should come before federal law.
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