HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are battling over a bill that could reshape voting rights for the entire country.
Lawmakers on one side say S1 would destroy the integrity of voting, while lawmakers on the other side say this bill would make it easier for voters to have a voice.
Summary text for the bill sponsored by democrats said it would expand American’s access to the ballot box while reducing the influence of big money in politics.
“Instead of doing what you should be doing when you lose an election in a democracy attempting to win those voters in an election, republicans are trying to disenfranchise those voters. Shame on them,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“This legislation would forcibly rewrite the election laws of all 50 states from here in Washington,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Alabama’s Secretary of State said if passed S1 would destroy voting integrity.
“If this bill passes and becomes law it would not allow Alabama to continue using voter ID which is so very successful in our state,” Secretary of State Merrill said. “Unfortunately S1 and HR 1 would allow for ballot harvesting, curbside voting, same day voter registration, automatic registration.”
If passed, S1 would also mean people with criminal convictions would not be denied the right to vote in an election for Federal Office, unless they are serving a felony sentence in a correctional facility.
“It also takes away the power for the state to direct their own elections in the elections process.”
This bill needs 60 votes to overcome a filibuster.