WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of a Republican-led effort to combat widespread voter fraud in future elections, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) on Friday announced plans to introduce legislation that could limit voting rights to Americans who own an acre or more of land.
“The framers did not intend for this country to be governed by majority rule,” Senator McConnell told reporters on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Friday. “Leaving election and voter eligibility decisions in the hands of the states is what ultimately led to the confusion and turmoil we saw in this past election cycle,” McConnell charged, adding, “In the end, this is about making sure every legal ballot is counted.”
Fellow GOP senator Lindsey Graham, who co-authored the Restoring the Founders’ Vision for the American Electoral Process Act of 2021 –the bill’s official title– with Senator Mitch McConnell, argued that both the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the 15th Amendment, which prohibits voter discrimination based on “race, color, or previous condition of servitude,” do not explicitly bar the federal government from restricting voting rights based on landownership.
“Were this legislation passed today, I’d doubt very much that “The Squad” even collectively owns enough land to cast a single vote,” Graham chuckled during an appearance on Fox News. Mr. Graham was quick to clarify that the bill is not “in any way” meant to curb the minority vote. “The great state of South Carolina is home to a number of colored landowners, as is the case in many states since the dark days of Reconstruction.”
Under the Restoring the Founders’ Vision for the American Electoral Process Act of 2021, Americans who own an acre or more of land would be eligible to vote in state and federal elections. However, condo and timeshare owners would not be counted as landowners under the law, and city dwellers and suburbanites would be all but excluded from the vote. Non-landowners would continue to enjoy the right to take part in county elections.