Sen. Chuck Grassley says Democrat proposed voting rights bills are unconstitutional

Published: Jan. 17, 2022 at 9:11 PM CST
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OELWEIN, Iowa (KCRG) - Many Republican senators are against the new voting rights bills proposed by Senate Democrats.

Sen. Chuck Grassley stopped in Fayette county Monday as a part of his 99 county tour. People had the chance to talk with Senator Grassley asking questions about current legislation, what’s happening in the Senate, and his stance on several issues.

The first question he was asked was if he believed the 2020 Presidental Election was stolen. Grassley confirmed his beliefs that Joe Biden won the election.

“I believe that there were irregular a lot of irregularities in the election. But the election turned out the way it does,” said Grassley.

The FBI and Department of Justice, as well as the courts, have not found widespread fraud in the 2020 election.

The election question led to a larger conversation about the two-voting rights bills Democrats are trying to pass on Capitol Hill: The Freedom to Vote Act, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

“The Constitution is very clear, that state legislature sets the manners of having an election. So that’s why we are against it,” said Grassley on behalf of Senate Republicans.

But Grassley didn’t mention the rest of Article 1, Section 4 in the constitution that says the federal lawmakers have a role in elections.

Iowa is among 19 other states to pass more restrictive voting laws following the 2020 election. Iowa Republican lawmakers said the changes were necessary to make elections more secure.

The Senate is set to debate the voting rights bills Tuesday.

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