McCarthy Accuses Dems of Using Voting Reform to Rig Elections

McCarthy Accuses Dems of Using Voting Reform to Rig Elections

( – The new session of Congress got off to a fiery start after the House minority leader accused Democrats of trying to use voting reform laws to rig a future election. Many Republicans are suspicious about the Dem focus on electoral reform when there are so many serious issues facing the country, but this is the most open challenge yet.

On January 9, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told journalists the reason the Democrats want to change the law is “to rig an election,” giving them the “ability to win when they should not.” He said that was the most important bill for the Dems, despite the fact the country is dealing with a cost of living crisis, rising crime, a flood of illegal immigrants, chaos in schools and of course, COVID-19.

McCarthy said Democrat attempts at voting reform were stopped in the last session, so “The only way they can pass it is to change the rules of the Senate, to change the filibuster.” Luckily, he said, some Democrat senators – Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) – will vote with the GOP to oppose this, so there’s no real chance of the Democrats’ wide-ranging voting reforms getting through the Senate.

Now, the Republicans’ Senate leadership is looking at a more sensible package of voting reform that will reduce Congress’s power to challenge election results, while leaving actual elections in the hands of the state where they belong. If the Democrats keep failing to rig elections in their favor, the package could attract bipartisan support.

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