(ThePatriotSource.com)- Republicans around the country have been working to tighten voter security and protect against voter fraud at the same time that Democrats are doing the opposite.
On Sunday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order that would expand access to voting. He said this was “an initial step” in his efforts to “protect the right to vote and ensure all eligible citizens can freely participate in the electoral process.”
This comes a week after the House passed HR1, a sweeping election and ethics bill that would expand mail-in and early voting, restore the right to vote to former felons and ease the registration requirements for eligible voters in America.
Biden’s order directed the head of every federal agency to submit any proposals that would promote voter participation and registration in 200 days. At the same time, it will assist states that need help boosting voter registration under what’s called the National Voter Registration Act.
The General Services Administration will also be working to modernize its online portal, Vote.gov.
Biden took the action, and made comments regarding it, at an event that was commemorating “Bloody Sunday,” a day where demonstrators who were African-American and demanding to vote were beaten by police in Selma, Alabama.
At the Martin and Coretta King Unity Breakfast Sunday, Biden said:
“Every eligible voter should be able to vote and have that vote counted. If you have the best ideas, you have nothing to hide. Let the people vote.”
Biden further called on Congress to try to restore some parts of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down in 2013. Biden said:
“I also urge Congress to fully restore the Voting Rights Act, named in John Lewis’ honor.”
Lewis is the late congressman from Georgia who was an icon of the civil rights movement. He passed away last year.
Biden also said HR1 was “a landmark piece of legislation that is urgently needed to protect the right to vote, the integrity of our elections, and to repair and strengthen our democracy.”
On Saturday, an official with the Biden administration foreshadowed the executive order, telling reporters that the president’s “commitment to democracy includes making it easier and more equitable for eligible Americans to exercise their fundamental right to vote.”
The executive order would “leverage the resources of the federal government to expand citizens’ opportunities to register to vote, and to learn about and participate in the electoral process,” the official said.
“For the federal agencies, many of them have footprints around the country, with offices that people, outside the context of a pandemic could walk in and seek particular services. We want to make sure that we can maximize the use of that kind of walk-in service and have them be places where people can also register to vote — the goal is to make registering to vote and voting access as easy as possible.”
At the same time, though, Democrats are doing nothing to protect against voter fraud and enhance voter security, including ID laws.