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Mike Pence equated Democratic efforts to push through voting rights protections with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, writing in an incredibly misleading and inaccurate op-ed that both were ‘power grabs’ that posed a threat for the American Constitution.

As Donald Trump’s vice president, Pence refused to cancel the 2020 election, fending off pressure to throw out valid voter rolls on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, 2021.

Such an effort would amount to a coup, the legitimate winner of the presidential election – Joe Biden – denied in the Oval Office.

Some rioters chanted “Hang Mike Pence” as they roamed the halls of Congress. Others erected a gallows outside.

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But in the Washington Post on Friday, Pence argued that Democratic proposals to expand voter access — such as requiring mail-in ballot boxes, easing voter ID requirements and allowing Same-day voter registration and access – was just as unconstitutional as an attempt to subvert constitutional procedure by violence.

The other Democratic proposal, according to Pence, was akin to the Capitol seat was a proposal to restore a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that required places with a history of voter discrimination to have changes approved. by the federal government before they come into force.

“Their plan to end the filibuster to allow the Democrats to pass a bill nationalizing our elections would offend the Founders’ intent for states to hold elections just as much as some of our most ardent supporters have told me. would have done a year ago,” Pence wrote. .

“The idea that Congress would violate the filibuster rule to pass legislation amounting to a blanket federal takeover of elections is inconsistent with our nation’s history and an affront to the structure of our constitution. .”

The characterization was inaccurate. The US constitution explicitly gives Congress a role in setting the rules for federal elections.

Article I, Section IV reads: “The times, places, and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but Congress may at any time, by law, make or modify such regulations. »

Pence also erroneously wrote that the Democratic proposals would require states to adopt “universal mail-in voting,” a term typically used to describe the process in states like Colorado and Washington that automatically mail ballots to registered voters.

The Democrats’ proposed legislation would require states to allow anyone who wants to vote by mail to be able to request a ballot, but would not impose any requirement on states to automatically send them to all voters.

The former vice president previously played down the attack on Capitol Hill, saying there was too much focus on “one day in January.” In his column for the Post, he said, “Lives have been lost and many have been injured.”

Seven people, including law enforcement officers, died in the attack. More than 100 officers were injured.

More than 700 people have been charged in connection with the attack. On Thursday, 11 members of the Oath Keepers militia were charged with seditious conspiracy.

Democrats accuse election laws passed in Republican-led states since Jan. 6, 2021, of seeking to restrict the votes of groups likely to vote Democrats, with African Americans leading among them.

Biden has spoken forcefully on the issue, saying federal voting protections are needed to counter such racist measures. Republicans protested the president’s rhetoric.

Republican lawmakers have also sought to facilitate the nullification of election results, while Trump allies seek to fill key campaign posts from which they would control the vote count in future elections.

Democrats’ proposed voting rights bills would increase protections for election officials who have faced an unprecedented wave of harassment over the past year. They would also prevent partisan actors from removing election officials without cause and make it easier for voters to take legal action to ensure that valid votes are not thrown out.

In short, Democrats are aiming to put in place legal standards to ensure no more vice presidents are appointed to the position Pence held on Jan. 6, 2021.

While Biden has strongly supported voting rights legislation, his outlook looks bleak. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, staunch advocates of the filibuster, the 60-vote rule required to advance most bills in the Senate, said Thursday they would not vote to change the requirement.

Because no Republican supports removing the filibuster, the Democratic suffrage bills cannot pass at this time.

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