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Sen. Graham, Rep. Wesley Hunt Push Back on Democrats’ Plan for a Federal Election Takeover

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Representative Wesley Hunt (Republican, TX-38) pushed back on Democrats’ plan for a federal election takeover. In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Representative Hunt also highlighted the importance of protecting voter identification and secure, state-run elections.

Senate Judiciary Democrats called a hearing on the John R. Lewis Voting Advancement Act, legislation that would strip voter identification and citizenship verification requirements, federalize our state-run election system, and unconstitutionally override states' ability to oversee their elections.

  • GRAHAM: “This bill is an effort to rewrite federal law [to] make it harder for states to implement voter verification. [Democrats are] trying to solve a problem that doesn’t exist… Voting is a cherished right that needs to be protected, but I don’t see this as an effort to protect voting as much as it is to create a situation where states cannot – in a reasonable way – validate who’s voting.”
  • REP. HUNT: “I fought for this country as an Apache helicopter pilot to protect free and fair elections. Having a government-issued I.D. isn’t racist, it’s American.”
  • REP. HUNT: “President Biden even called [the Georgia voting law] ‘Jim Crow 2.0.’ Really? In my humble opinion, referencing Jim Crow for common sense election integrity laws is offensive to those who actually experienced Jim Crow, like my parents and their parents before them. In fact, the law wasn’t discriminatory at all, because in the 2022 midterms, Georgia voters shattered voter turnout records across the state.”
  • REP. HUNT: “If you want to be on the right side of history, you should reject the Democratic Party’s attempt to wind the clock back 70 years because I’m sitting right here in front of you, and I’m here to tell you, we’ve come a long way. Let’s continue this progress.”
  • REP. HUNT: “I have a lot of respect for John Lewis. But the John R. Lewis Voting Advancement Act is not about protecting voting rights. It’s about solidifying Democrat power nationally. It’s about federal control over state and local elections, which by the way is unconstitutional. It’s about diminishing the security of our elections.”

To watch Graham’s opening remarks at the hearing, click HERE.

To watch Hunt’s opening remarks at the hearing, click HERE.

To watch Graham question witnesses at the hearing, click HERE.