Watch the full press conference here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, joined a press conference with other Republican senators to discuss the negative effects S.1 will have on state elections.
Transcript of Senator Fischer’s comments at today’s press conference:
I just came from the Rules Committee hearing, and what was evident to me was that a lot of good things are happening with elections in this country.
You know, in the state of Nebraska’s 2020 election we saw 960,000 people vote out of 1.2 million registered voters in the state of Nebraska.
I heard that from my colleagues on my side of the aisle and on the other side of the aisle—talking about how they had great turnouts in their elections.
And the question that I asked in the Rules Committee was why would any elected official, a state official want to put the federal government in charge?
Why would you want to put the federal government in charge after we are hearing all the success stories of this last election?
We want to make sure that every citizen gets out and votes.
That’s the goal for everyone. Republicans, Democrats.
That is what keeps our democracy strong. We want to make sure people get out and vote.
But when you look at this bill, put aside all the partisanship that goes on it. When you dig into this bill and what’s in it, there’s no way I can support it.
For example, if you look at the paper voting machines and the requirements, which is conflicting in the bill – it’s sloppily written.
How does a state election official adhere to that? How do you implement it?...
…You talk about chaos in an election. Put the federal government in charge with a reckless piece of legislation that can’t even be implemented.
800 pages of confusion and chaos.
States are doing a good job. That was pointed out over and over again in this hearing by Republicans and by Democrats.
Why would we turnover our elections system and threaten chaos in our
Democracy to a federal government?”