Contact: Jordan Dunn
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) today released the following statement after voting against H.R. 1, a proposal that would dramatically change the way the U.S. conducts federal elections by removing common-sense election integrity measures and providing tax-payer funding for elections.
“Instead of revitalizing democracy, H.R. 1 takes a number of egregious steps that expand federal power over elections and make the swamp even swampier,” said Rep. Gallagher. “Legalizing ballot harvesting and using taxpayer dollars to fund political campaigns won’t restore integrity in our system. Instead, it will blatantly violate states’ constitutional authority to run their own elections and open a pandora’s box that will only continue to fuel confusion and distrust in our election system.”
Among other things, H.R. 1 would:
  • Creates a 6:1 funding match to any small-donor contributions of $200 or less in a congressional or presidential campaign
  • Nationalizes elections and centralizes their administration in Washington, D.C.
  • Makes “pandemic-style” election changes permanent.
  • Forces states to permanently expand mail-in voting, legalize ballot harvesting, and disregard voter ID laws
  • Disregards state voter identification laws and provisional ballot rules by forcing states to allow sworn statements to be used in place of identification and allowing for signature verification, which can be submitted through a photo if the voter registers online
Click HERE to watch a video statement on H.R. 1 from Rep. Gallagher.
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