Democrats and Republicans have been at odds since the conclusion of the 2020 presidential election, and the debate regarding election integrity continues. Republicans have made numerous claims that Democrats are trying to implement policies that will damage election integrity such as mail-in ballot voting for elections and having to show no identification to cast a vote.
However, Democrats have disregarded the claims as another tactic of implementing voter suppression, and Florida Rep. Ted Deutch (D) warned that there are greater issues being overlooked. In turn, these greater issues can only be resolved by getting “dark money” out of politics.
On Twitter, Deutch affirmed that “we need HR 1 to bring dark money into the light of transparency.” He added that “we need HJRes 1, the #DemocractForAll Amendment, to overturn Citizens United and #GetMoneyOut of our elections.”
We need HR 1 to bring dark money into the light of transparency.
— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) March 3, 2021
However, since HR 1 was introduced, Republicans have vehemently opposed the bill, calling it dangerous. They warn that the bill would allow ballot harvesting, individuals to vote without having a picture ID and it would also extend mail-in ballot voting.
In Texas, Allen West (R), former Florida Rep. and current Texas GOP Chairman, commented that the “number one legislative priority for the Republican Party of Texas” is preserving election integrity, and he shared that HR 1 is “a preeminent threat to the foundation of our Constitutional Republic and the fabric of our representative democracy.”
He assured that the Lone Star state would not surrender its state’s rights to the “progressive socialists of the Democratic Party.” If it came to that, then the state is prepared to “invoke the 10th Amendment and constitutional nullification.”
Florida Rep. Byron Donalds told The Floridian that this was “The worst legislation” ever and that it would destroy the entire election process.