On Thursday, Jan. 13, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02), whose 2020 election was challenged by House Democrats, spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives against attempts to federalize elections.
Mdm. Speaker, I rise today to speak on an issue that is important for every American.
I know the importance of each vote and understand the difference one vote – or six – can make. Our country was founded on the right to vote in free and fair elections and faith in the election systems that conduct those elections.
Since Iowa implemented new voting laws in 2017, our elections have seen record turnout and participation. Right now, the majority is pushing a federal takeover of elections, overriding laws in states like Iowa.
The proposed legislation would limit voter ID laws, which are supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans. It would also allow politicians to use taxpayer dollars to run political ads – meaning your money could go to candidates and issues you do not support. Finally, it would implement a “one size fits all” set of regulations instead of allowing individual states to establish laws that work for them.
Voters in each Congressional district across this country are the best informed to choose their Congressional representation. They do not need interference from D.C.
We should be working to pass bipartisan and commonsense voting laws, not pushing a partisan agenda and playing political games. Let’s make sure that everyone can vote and that every vote counts.
Thank you, I yield back the balance of my time.