One Republican lawmaker is warning that some of her Democratic colleagues are planning to cheat in the upcoming midterm elections.
In a recent interview with Newsmax, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) suggested that Democrats are poised to use the COVID-19 pandemic to change voting rules in their favor.
“We’ve got to enact more laws”
According to Newsmax, the New York Republican issued a call to action, declaring: “Republicans have to be on top of this.”
Of course, Republicans have long complained that Democrats want to use the continuing public health crisis to implement lenient new voting rules — particularly ahead of last year’s presidential election.
Critics say such provisions weakened the integrity of the entire race, and now Tenney insists that Democrats are ready to repeat that strategy in the midterm election cycle.
“We’re still in the so-called pandemic and they’re talking about numerous strains of the virus coming out, which is going to justify them going to the states and saying, ‘Oh, no, here we go; we’ve got to enact more laws,'” she said.
The Democratic governor of her own state is apparently one of those politicians she accuses of overstepping their authority.
Democratic leaders capitalize on pandemic
Although voters in New York rejected the proposal last month, Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced that she wants everyone in the state to be able to vote by mail next year.
Democratic officials in other states have been accused of undermining election integrity in other ways, including New York City officials who voted to allow non-citizens to vote in city elections. Tenney, on the other hand, backs legislation that would ban foreigners from voting.
With President Joe Biden’s popularity plummeting and Democrats poised to lose their advantage on Capitol Hill after next year’s elections, party leaders are redoubling their efforts to enshrine new voting rights legislation as soon as possible.
At the same time, some progressive pundits have lambasted Republicans for seeking a return to pre-pandemic voting rules, declaring the agenda an assault on democracy itself.
Although polls indicate a majority of voters support commonsense election-integrity measures, Tenney expressed concern that her own party is not fighting hard enough. Furthermore, she warned that the two Democrats who blocked some of Biden’s agenda — Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) — will help Biden pass through his voting reform measures.