UPDATED 2:58 PM PT – Wednesday, October 20, 2021
GOP senators voted unanimously to block the so-called Freedom to Vote Act proposed by Democrats.
On Wednesday, the bill failed to reach the 60-vote threshold to advance. Republicans said they refuse to increase control of U.S. elections by the federal government.
The act was similar to the failed For the People Act, though it included voter ID compromises for West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) latest proposal aimed to take away a state’s right to map out their own congressional districts and allow for mass mail-in balloting nationwide. While many say it’s a Democrat wish list, Schumer has called it a compromise.
“This bill is a compromise, but a good one. It’s a bill that every Senate Democrat is united behind, enthusiastically. It sets common sense standards to make sure all Americans, no matter what zip code they live in, have the freedom to vote safely, securely.”
The Democrats’ Freedom to Vote Act is a Trojan Horse for Democrats taking over elections to solidify power for the next hundred years.
It’s not about protecting voting rights. It’s about protecting power for Democrats.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) October 20, 2021
GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stressed the bill is only a compromise in a sense that the left and far-left decided among themselves how much power to grab and in which areas.
“This latest bill still subjects popular, commonsense state election integrity protections like voter ID to the whims of federal bureaucrats,” said McConnell.
GOP senators said Democrats would unreasonably expand early voting and mail-in ballots, which would erode the integrity of U.S. elections. Meanwhile, the bill is not expected to advance any further.