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Dr. Joyce: Dems’ H.R. 1 Would Corrode Trust in the Electoral System

Washington, DC – Today Congressman John Joyce, M.D. released the following statement on his intention to vote in opposition to H.R. 1, the Democrats’ anti-democratic power grab.

“Instead of crushing the COVID-19 pandemic, Speaker Pelosi and Washington Democrats are focused on winning elections at taxpayers’ expense. H.R. 1 is a blatant power grab that Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats designed to protect their majority. This scheme would mandate a federal takeover of elections, centralize election administration in Washington, DC, and make permanent universal ‘pandemic-style’ mail-in voting that undermines trust in our elections. It also would undercut Americans’ vital First Amendment freedom and even force taxpayers to fund politicians’ campaigns – including divisive attack ads and robocalls. The American people want free, fair, secure, and transparent elections. Now more than ever, we need bipartisan election security solutions – not a partisan ploy to further corrode Americans’ faith in the electoral process.”

If enacted, H.R. 1 would dramatically undercut Americans’ trust in ballot integrity. It would:

  • Mandate a federal takeover of elections by centralizing election administration in Washington, DC and impeding states’ rights.
  • Make permanent universal mail-in voting without safeguards across the country.
  • Restrict First Amendment rights by imitating free speech and imposing vague standards that disadvantage Americans advocating for any legislative issue.
  • Force taxpayers to fund politicians’ campaigns – including attack ads and robocalls.

Read the full text of H.R. 1.

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