Attorneys general from 20 states are warning Congress members that their bill to federalize decision-making about elections violates the Constitution.
The letter to Senate and House leaders warns they may have to take Congress to court, reports Conservative Firing Line.
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The House already has approved the plan, and the Senate now is considering it.
The chief legal officers said the For the People Act of 2021 “betrays several Constitutional deficiencies and alarming mandates that, if passed, would federalize state elections and impose burdensome costs and regulations on state and local officials.”
“Under both the Elections Clause of Article I of the Constitution and the Electors Clause of Article II, States have principal — and with presidential elections, exclusive — responsibility to safeguard the manner of holding elections,” they argue.
“The Act would invert that constitutional structure, commandeer state resources, confuse and muddle elections procedures, and erode faith in our elections and systems of governance. Accordingly, Members of Congress may wish to consider the Act’s constitutional vulnerabilities as well as the policy critiques of state officials,” they write.