Tom Hanks, Michelle Obama Push Bill to Ease Voter ID Requirements
Hollywood celebrities demand Senate pass 'For the People Act'
The Hollywood elite is backing Michelle Obama’s push to persuade the Senate to pass the “For the People Act," a Democratic bill that would ease voter ID requirements and expand vote by mail.
Celebrities backing the effort include Chrissy Teigen, Tom Hanks, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The 791-page bill would also restore voting rights to convicted felons and even promote ballot harvesting, something Republicans argue would be disastrous for the United States.
Michelle Obama urged Americans in an open letter to pressure their senators into voting for the bill, which recently passed the House of Representatives.
The letter also cites the Capitol Hill riots of January 6 as a “historic day of shame.”
The letter, co-signed by former Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, reads:
“We urge every American to remember how it felt to watch as our Capitol was desecrated earlier this year—and to channel that outrage into patriotic duty."
Just some of the 60 celebrities who added their names include:
The “For the People Act” would take power away from the states to oversee their elections, passing over more power to the federal government to determine local-level voting laws.
Additionally, the bill would expand vote by mail without requiring voter identification.
It also claims voter photo ID and other measures “restrictions on the right to vote” are forms of “racial discrimination” and “systemic racism.”
Illegals aliens will also be protected from prosecution if they are registered to vote automatically without declaring they are U.S. citizens.
Agencies that register voters would also not be required to keep records of people who declined to affirm their U.S citizenship.
According to republicans, the bill would damage the country’s electoral system, resulting in power being seized from states to govern their own elections.
“This is something that will federalize our elections. It’s a D.C. takeover of our elections,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) said.
Last year, President Donald Trump blasted the vote by mail push for being open to fraud.
"Mail ballots — they cheat. Okay? People cheat. Mail ballots are a very dangerous thing for this country ’cause there’re cheaters. They go and collect them. They’re fraudulent in many cases," Trumps said at the time.