Sen. Graham, Gov. McMaster criticize Democratic-backed voting bill


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSAV) – Sen. Lindsey Graham described the H.R. 1 voting rights bill as “the biggest power grab in the history of the country.”

Gov. Henry McMaster and Graham held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss their grievances with the newly introduced bill backed by Democrats.

“H.R.1 is an attempt by the radical left to takeover every election system in the country,” Graham said.

The bill would require all states to send out mail ballot applications to all registered voters, allow voters to provide a sworn statement pledging their identity or photo ID, allow nationwide same-day voter registration and require states to create a 15-member independent redistricting commission (if one isn’t in place in that state) comprised of equal numbers of Republicans, Democrats and Independents, among other things according to PolitiFact.

The two took exception to the newly introduced voter identification process, redistricting measures and same-day registration, in particular.

“It’s breathtaking to think of the impact that this will have if it passes,” McMaster said. He added his support for Georgia’s newly signed election bills and said South Carolina also needs to pass its own version of new election laws.

Graham also railed against the bill’s expansion of “ballot harvesting.” The bill states it would allow voters to delegate any person to return their absentee ballot as long as they’re not paid based on how many ballots they return. The bill would, however, eliminate the number of how many ballots a person can return on behalf of others, according to Politifact.

“That is ripe for fraud because if you have the wrong person collecting the ballot, they’ll throw some of them in the garbage can,” Graham said. “Ballot harvesting is a threat to democracy as we know it.”

Graham also said same-day voter registration is “problematic.”

The legislation has already made its way through the U.S. House of Representatives and could be debated soon in the U.S. Senate.

“They’re calling all of us racist because we won’t give in to this power grab,” Graham said. 

“They play the race card morning, noon and night. I am tired of it,” he said of those who refer to Georgia’s new voting laws as voter suppression.

Graham also added, “I think it’s cheap… sick” for a longtime friend of his, President Joe Biden, to refer to laws at Jim Crow 2.0

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