That order commanded the head of every federal agency to submit to Susan Rice, the president’s Domestic Policy Advisor, a plan outlining their strategy to register voters and encourage their participation. There are currently more than 600 agencies, ranging from the Department of Defense to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The order also called for the agencies to develop a strategy to invite and support non-government groups to help register voters and provide them with absentee ballot applications from federal agency buildings located in states across the nation. The order did not explain who would approve the groups allowed to engage in these activities, nor what the criteria for approval would be, and failed to define what kind of support the groups would be provided by the federal government.
According to the official statement, “more than a dozen agencies across the federal government are announcing [this week] steps they are taking to respond to the President’s call for an all-of-government action to promote voting access…”
FGA condemns this effort by the current administration to circumvent the legislative process in an attempt to federalize elections through executive order.
“This Executive Order has nothing to do with promoting access for voters, and everything to do with power, that is, keeping President Biden and his political party in power,” stated Stewart Whitson, Legal Affairs Fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA). “This is a blatant misuse of taxpayer resources and a clear signal to his base that even if the attempt to federalize elections through congressional action fails, as it will, the current administration has a backup strategy to impose these rules on the states regardless. These rules are designed to undermine commonsense election integrity laws passed by duly elected state legislators across the nation and replace those reforms with laws that would benefit the president and his party. State attorneys general across the nation should ready themselves to defend their states from the federal overreach that is headed their way.”
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