Ken Cuccinelli, former attorney general of Virginia and former acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, tore Democrats apart during a House Administration Committee hearing on Wednesday, naming names as he accused the “radical left” to lie about electoral security laws.
Cuccinelli, who now heads the Election Transparency Initiative, claimed Democrats were falsely alleging the vote was being suppressed.
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“Today it’s easier to register and vote than ever before in our history, no matter where you live, what color you are or what party you vote for,” Cuccinelli said in his opening remarks. “We should celebrate this as a great achievement, while always looking to improve.”
He went on to say that “the false demagoguery coming from much of the radical left … represents a large-scale attempt to knowingly convince the American people of a false narrative.” That narrative, he said, is that since the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder, who concluded that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act was unconstitutional, “America is suffering from a wave of voter suppression.”
The data, he said, shows this to be “patently false.”
Cuccinelli specifically called several political figures by name, accusing them of the left’s dishonest speech related to election laws.
“It starts at the top, with President Biden,” he said, pointing to Biden’s misinterpretation of Georgia’s new electoral law, in which he falsely said it ended more voting hours. early.
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Cuccinelli then accused Vice President Kamala Harris, House Majority Whip Representative Jim Clyburn, DS.C., and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf of changing their position on voter identification requirements. .
“Of course, no list of left-wing liars would be complete without Stacey Abrams,” he continued, referring to the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate who is now a voting rights activist. Cuccinelli said Abrams “flip-flopped on his ‘Voter ID is racist’ position and denied ever having held such a position.”
Focusing on the shifting rhetoric from the left on voter identification laws, Cuccinelli argued that the changes are due to both the way the issue has been raised, with most Americans in their favor, as well as the fact that Democrats do not want to risk alienating themselves. Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., who suggested a compromise on voting reform including an identification requirement.
Democrats say election security is just a pretext for tougher election laws and Republicans are genuinely looking to suppress the vote.
“Across the country, restrictive state laws – advanced in almost entirely partisan fashion by Republican lawmakers and fueled by obscure special interest money – seek to limit the right to vote under the pretext of eradicating fraud and to promote electoral integrity, ”said Representative John Sarbanes. , D-Md., Said during his opening statement.
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As many states attempt to increase electoral security measures with new laws, Democrats in Congress are attempting to pass sweeping federal electoral reforms that would deprive states of the ability to have rules that require identification with- beyond the last four digits of their social security number, or prohibit the third party from collecting and submitting other people’s ballots.
This bill, known as the For the People Act, failed to get started because it lacks the support of all Democrats. Manchin’s proposal includes the voter identification requirement, but Republicans opposed it due to other aspects, such as leaving the Congressional constituency to computer models, as opposed to government officials. State.
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