US Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has slammed a Democratic-backed election reform bill “the biggest power grab in the history” of the United States.
The GOP lawmaker was referring to the “For the People Act,” when he made the comments on Fox News Sunday.
"In my view, S.R. 1 is the biggest power grab in the history of the country,” the South Carolina senator said. “It mandates ballot harvesting, no voter ID. It does away with the states being able to redistrict when you have population shifts. It's just a bad idea, and it's a problem that most Republicans are not going to sign — they’re trying to fix a problem most Republicans have a different view of.”
He added that he would not endorse the compromise offered by Virginia Democratic Joe Manchin.
“I like Joe Manchin a lot, but we had the largest turnout in the history the United States,” he said, adding, “I don’t like the idea of taking the power to redistrict away from the state legislators.”
The legislation is reportedly supposed to require all states to offer automatic voter registration, the implementation of new voting machines and mail-in ballots.
"You're having people move from blue states to red states. Under this proposal, you’d have some kind of commission redraw the new districts, and I don't like that," Graham said. "I want states where people are moving to have control over how to allocate new congressional seats."
The proponents of the For the People Act argue that it is aimed at protecting the freedom to vote for Americans.