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ANALYSIS: The Bill That Just Died In The Senate Was A Ploy To Use Public Funds For Political Campaigns

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Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin was one of the only things standing in the way of Democrats successfully passing a sweeping “election reform” bill that would nationalize election laws and create a federal fund to foot the bill on political campaigns.

The “For the People Act,” also known as H.R. 1, would have automatically enrolled people as young as 16 to vote, ended voter ID requirements and legalized ballot harvesting. It recently died in the Senate, but it had a few eyebrow-raising provisions.