March 29, 2021
Recently, Arizona District 4 Congressman Paul Gosar issued a letter to local media, warning of the apocalyptic results of the passage of HR1, the For he People Act. Apocalyptic, in that it will counter current Republican efforts throughout America to suppress the vote, and for Gosar, this would be very bad.
Let the record show that Gosar has zero credibility in this area, having helped instigate the Jan. 6 insurrectionist attack on our Capitol, and them stood before Congress to beg that our state’s votes be thrown out.
This vote had ben verified and certified at every possible level, and has subsequently withstood several court challenges. Securing a fair vote is the last thing on his mind.
Gosar decried automatic voter registration and same-day registration, says they’re too risky (meaning you might be registering Democratic voters). He claims you have no choice but to be registered. That’s simply not true: the system is based on “opt out”, meaning you’re in unless you say you want out. In point of fact, many states currently are using these methods of registration with improved accuracy and lowered costs.
Seventeen states plus the District of Columbia currently use an automatic registration process. Thirty states currently cross-check registration information to prevent double-registration.
Gosar says that minors will be registered to vote, and illegal aliens. That’s also not true as there are safeguards to prevent it, and information is checked at higher levels.
HR1 contains many other reforms to the FEC, to campaign finance and transparency. These reforms are long overdue.
The For the People Act has been vilified by Republicans as radical and extremist. That’s true only if you believe that exercising the franchise should be made as difficult as possible.
The For the People Act enshrines the idea that voting for Americans should be made easy. Registration should be easy. The whole election system can be run cheaper and more secure.
Paul Gosar has spent too much time with his radical white supremacist and militia pals, the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys. By opposing this upgrade of America’s voting system he demonstrates how out of touch he is with our country, the majority of which support HR1. He doesn’t deserve a seat in the U.S. Congress.
Craig Stacey, Bullhead City