H.R. 1 recently passed the House of Representatives and is on its way to the Senate. It is a fantastic bill that expands voting rights and will do something that real people of all parties have been complaining about forever: get more people to vote and participate in our democratic system.

I shouldn’t need to say this, but more democracy is a GOOD thing! The bill preserves early voting, voting by mail, and streamlined registration. It requires independent, nonpartisan, commissions to take care of redistricting efforts.

Yet, our current Congressman, ignoring the fact that tens of thousands of his constituents used early voting and vote-by-mail in the election that brought him to D.C., has voted against it. He has claimed, in public statements that HR 1 would “interfere with state elections,” which it wouldn’t except by making them more transparent and accessible. Jacobs claims HR 1 would “limit voter verification,” which it doesn’t, and “cause massive delays,” which is the actual opposite of the truth.

Jacobs is living up to his “Coward” nickname (courtesy the Buffalo News) by not owning his real reasoning: increasing enfranchisement will hurt his party’s chances in future elections. The GOP relies on voter suppression to main its disproportionate power in government. Jacobs could at least be honest about his reasons, and probably even retain his seat, but instead he relies on misrepresentations, obfuscations, and lies.

H.R. 1 is better for all voters and better for Americans. Let Chris Jacobs know he made another mistake.

Christopher Lynn

Dansville

EDITOR’S NOTE: H.R. 1 passed the House of Representatives on March 3, and next goes to the Senate. The text of the bill may be read here, https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1

Johnson Newspapers 7.1