2019 HR1 now working its way through the House of Representatives is an atrocity! The Federal Government has been slowly eroding States Rights since Congress realized it could actually propose legislation that would do so. There’s a difference between slow erosion and using hydraulicking – high pressure movement of mountains. 2019 HR1 blasts away the States Rights provided by the US Constitution. What states can afford to implement all this federal intrusion? None!!!! My thoughts to the Colorado Representatives addressed to Rep. Scott Tipton.
Since the formation of our nation, voting has long been one of the foundational state’s rights granted by the Constitution. State’s rights – even though decisively reinforced and pronounced in the constitution by Amendment Ten – seem to be a direct target of the federal government rather than the intended protectorate of the federal government. What’s happening?
2019 H.R. 1, in somewhat humorously inept and stumbling manner, is directly attacking the state’s right to control voting. There is only one federal elected office, that of the President of the United States, that the citizens (mostly) cast ballots. As expressly clarified and pronounced in Amendments 14 and 15, citizens have the “right” to vote for the Electors (of the Electoral College) by casting a presidential ballot. The federal government has the authority to enforce the citizen’s rights to cast that vote, but the ability of the federal government to control the state’s voting process is limited if allowed at all.
2019 HR1 contains wording that in effect would allow the federal government the means to not just control the state’s election methods, but massively micromanage all the state’s election processes. While not a direct comparison, the Colorado State Statutes Section 1-1, Elections, has 115 different sections and is covered in 52 pages. HR1’s Division A is 277 pages and has 123 sections in just Title I of six different Titles of mandated election rules. Micromanagement is not nearly a strong enough adjective to describe the Federal Government’s intrusion.
Just how much money is the State of Colorado (via citizens taxes) supposed to invest in implementing this blatant abuse of federal rule over state’s rights? The federal government can print its own money (a great excuse for spending money) – Colorado cannot.
I don’t want our state being told to spend my tax dollars attempting to implement often contradictory rules and regulations, i.e., my mail-in ballot counts if postmarked, “…on or before the date of the election.” [HR1, Section 1621 “e”, page 141.] But wait, the date of the election, “…shall be treated in the same manner as a legal public holiday described in section 6103 of title 5, United States Code.” [HR1, Section 1903, page 163.] There are many post offices throughout Colorado where you could never get a postmark on a holiday!
And why is it so critical that this most likely unconstitutional, poorly conceived, poorly written legislation must be implemented by 1/1/2020? I could guess, but, of course, it would just be a guess on my part.
You have a responsibility to your constituents, your state, and yes, even to yourself, to ensure this sort of legislative gobbledygook is trashed!
Tom Howe – Flying W Ranch – Hotchkiss, Colorado
CC: CO Rep. Diana DeGette 202-225-5657
CO Rep. Joe Neguse No Fax – staff email
CO Rep. Ken Buck 202-225-5870
CO Rep. Doug Lamborn 202-226-2638
CO Rep. Jason Crow No Fax – via facebook
CO Rep. Ed Perlmutter 202-225-5278