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Graham: Democrats' Voting Rights Bill Would Be "Biggest Power Grab" In American History

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Sen. Lindsey Graham told "Fox News Sunday" that Democrats' proposed voting reform bill, the "For the People Act," would be the "biggest power grab" in U.S. history and take power over elections from the states.

"In my view, SR1 is the biggest power grab in the history of the country," Graham said. "It mandates ballot harvesting, no voter ID, it does away with the states being able to redistrict when you have population shifts. It’s just a bad idea."

"States are in charge of voting in America so I don’t like the idea of taking the power to redistrict away from state legislators," he said. "You have people moving from blue states to red states. Under this proposal, you would have some kind of commission redraw the new districts and I don’t like that. I want states where people are moving to have control over how to allocate new congressional seats."


WALLACE: So let me move on to another area because Senator Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, is going to bring up a voting rights bill this week and the centrist moderate, always, maybe the most powerful man in the Senate, Joe Manchin, is going to offer --

GRAHAM: Right, right.

WALLACE: -- his stripped-down version of that bill this week.

And I want to put up the main elements of the Manchin proposal.

Make election to a holiday. Mandate at least 15 days of early voting. Ban partisan gerrymandering, and use computer models and require a voter ID.

Now, Senator, Manchin took out a lot of the basic Senate plans, S-1, the For the People Act, like public financing of congressional elections. Can you go along with the Manchin stripped-down version? And if not, why not?

GRAHAM: Well, one, I like Joe Manchin a lot, but we had the largest turnout in the history of the United States and states are in charge of voting in America.

So I don't like the idea of taking the power to redistrict away from state legislators. You're having people move from red -- blue states to red states. Under this proposal, you would have some kind of commission, redraw the new districts, and I don't like that. I want states where people are moving to have control over how to allocate new congressional seats.

So, as much as I like Joe Manchin, the answer would be no.

In my view, SR-1 is the biggest power grab in the history of the country. It mandates ballot harvesting, no voter ID. It does away with the states being able to redistrict when you have population shifts. And it's just a bad idea and it's a problem that most Republicans are not going to sign -- they’re trying to fix a problem most Republicans have a different view of.
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