The attorneys general of Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota have joined with 19 others opposing the voting rights bill being pushed by President Biden and Democratic leaders in Congress.
The attorneys general, all Republicans, wrote a leader to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Minority Leaders Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell expressing concern regarding the impact the legislation would have on election systems.
The letter says the John Lewis Voting Rights Bill ignores a states’ legitimate interest in preventing voter fraud and that “We need to safeguard the right to vote and ensure that every legal vote is counted without being diluted by illegal votes.”
It goes on to say that if the bill’s provisions are enacted “rest assured the undersigned will aggressively defend our citizens’ rights to participate in fair elections without unconstitutional federal intrusion.
Sponsors of the voting rights bill say it’s in response to new laws and regulations aimed at reducing voter turnout, especially among minorities, passed in a number of the states signing onto the letter.
The Republican attorneys general sent a similar letter Thursday to President Biden with a similar threat of litigation if he follows through with his mandate requiring vaccination or weekly testing for private companies with more than 100 workers.
That letter cites what it calls practical policy considerations of a one-size-fits-all policy to be enforced by OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, that is unconstitutional and will hurt the American people and business.