A push by Democrats to transform American elections got another lift on Sunday from President Joe Biden.
The order calls on federal agencies to do everything in their power to facilitate voter registration, with a particular fixation on voting by-mail, including by providing information on vote-by-mail, applications to vote-by-mail and assistance with completing them whenever possible.
“Time off to vote”
The order also calls for “time off to vote in Federal, State, local, Tribal, and territorial elections” for government employees and to help federal prisoners register to vote.
“The Attorney General shall establish procedures…to require the jails to provide educational materials related to voter registration and voting, and to facilitate voting by mail, to the extent practicable and appropriate,” the order reads.
Biden’s order also calls out “misinformation,” a loaded term for almost any information that Democrats don’t like. Censorship of certain “misinformation” like the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, which the media dismissed as Russian propaganda, played to Biden’s advantage in the November election.
It is not altogether surprising that Biden is now helping Democrats push to make the 2020 election into an annual affair.
Biden pushes H.R. 1
The race left many Americans with doubts about election integrity, thanks to the introduction of massive numbers of mail-in ballots on dubious legal grounds.
While the changes were justified as temporary accommodations because of the coronavirus pandemic, they are now being taken up by Democrats as permanent “reforms” as a battle over election procedures plays out.
As Republicans attempt to avoid a repeat of the 2020 race with more stringent voting rules, Democrats, claiming the mantle of “democracy” and “voting rights,” are pushing a sweeping bill to transform elections that critics say will destroy fairness and trust in elections.
In comments Sunday, Biden made clear that he wasn’t terribly concerned about further eroding that trust as he attacked Republicans for trying to make voting “harder” and called on the Senate to pass H.R. 1.
“This is a landmark piece of legislation that is urgently needed,” he said. “I hope the Senate does its work so I can sign it into law.”