Say what you will about Joe Manchin, but he’s right sometimes. The West Virginia Democrat Senator might not vote the right way the majority of the time, but he occasionally has moments of clarity that lead him to do the right thing. And with Democrats’ “For the People” election bill, Manchin says he’s set to do the right thing.
“It’s the wrong piece of legislation to bring our country together and unite our country, and I’m not supporting that because I think it would divide us more. I don’t want to be in a country that’s divided any further,” Manchin said on Fox News Sunday. “I think there’s a lot of great things in that piece of legislation, but there’s an awful lot of things that basically don’t pertain directly to voting.”
But what’s so wrong with the bill that Manchin feels it necessary to cross the aisle? A lot. Fox News breaks it down:
The bill, also known as S1, is the largest overhaul of U.S. election law in at least a generation and covers many aspects of the voting process, including requiring states to automatically register eligible voters and offer same-day voter registration.
The measure also requires states to offer 15 days of early voting and allows no-excuse absentee balloting, which 14 states would have to implement. The states that already allow it would have to conform to S.1’s standards.
“Do we really want to live in an America where one party can dictate and demand everything and anything it wants, whenever it wants? I have always said, ‘If I can’t go home and explain it, I can’t vote for it.’ And I cannot explain strictly partisan election reform or blowing up the Senate rules to expedite one party’s agenda,” Manchin wrote in an op-ed explaining his opposition.
Democrats are trying to overhaul the voting system in ways that will make it unrecognizable. It’s good to see that some of the party are willing to reach out across the aisle and do what’s right for Americans.