Biden's Executive Order on Voter Registration Sparks GOP Backlash

Jaxon Wildwood

Updated Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 6:06 AM CDT

Biden's Executive Order on Voter Registration Sparks GOP Backlash

President Joe Biden's 2021 executive order aimed at boosting voter registration has become a contentious issue as the 2024 elections approach. The order, which was intended to counteract Republican state legislatures' voting restrictions prompted by false claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 elections, directed several federal actions to make voting more accessible. It included updates to the federal website to provide voting information in more than a dozen languages, and asked the Department of Defense to establish procedures for active-duty military personnel to register or update voter information annually. Additionally, the Department of Justice was instructed to educate those in federal custody about registration and voting as they prepare for release.

However, the executive order has faced increasing opposition from Republicans and conservative activists, who argue that it is unconstitutional and an attempt to interfere in elections. A GOP political action committee's fundraising email accused Biden of using federal agencies as his personal "Get-Out-The-Vote" machine. Subsequently, a Republican-led House committee issued subpoenas to agency directors, and GOP secretaries of state have asked the Supreme Court to challenge the order. Wisconsin Republican Rep. Bryan Steil, chairman of the Committee on House Administration, called the executive order "another attempt by the Biden Administration to tilt the scales ahead of 2024."

Despite the backlash, there is no evidence that the order favors voters of one party over another. White House spokesperson Robyn Patterson stated that the administration will continue to protect voting rights regardless of political affiliation. Levitt, a constitutional law expert, described the order as groundbreaking but limited in scope.

Several states have taken action in response to the order: Kansas and New Mexico designated two Native American colleges run by the U.S. Department of Interior as voter registration agencies, while Kentucky and Michigan plan to designate Veterans Administration offices similarly. West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, however, has refused to accept any voter registration forms collected by federal agencies and, along with eight other GOP secretaries of state, filed a brief challenging the order in the U.S. Supreme Court, which will not consider the case until their first private conference in early fall. David Becker, a former Justice Department lawyer, defended the order as a straightforward effort to ensure eligible citizens can easily register or update their registration.

As Biden and former President Donald Trump prepare for their first debate in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday, both are ramping up their campaign efforts in key southern states. Biden will hold a rally in North Carolina on Friday, a state he narrowly lost to Trump in 2020, while Trump will rally in Virginia, a state he lost by 10 points in 2020. Recent polling indicates a close contest in Virginia, with Biden and Trump each garnering 48% support in a head-to-head match, according to a Trending News poll from June 1-4.

Virginia has become a focal point, with Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin meeting with Trump and planning to join him at the rally, sparking speculation about Youngkin as a potential running mate. Trump described Youngkin as "great" and mentioned he could consider him as a running mate. Meanwhile, Biden's campaign sees an opportunity in North Carolina due to the narrow vote margin and higher Republican turnout rates. Biden's upcoming visit to North Carolina will be his fourth this year, and the state has seen a surge of new residents since the 2020 election.

Both Biden and Trump are intensifying their campaign efforts in key battleground states like North Carolina and Virginia, which are crucial for the 2024 election. As the political landscape continues to evolve, the impact of Biden's executive order and the ongoing legal battles will undoubtedly play a significant role in shaping the upcoming elections.

Conservative Bias:

Once again, the Biden administration is up to its old tricks, using executive orders to manipulate the electoral process and ensure Democrats maintain their grip on power. This so-called voter registration initiative is nothing more than a blatant attempt to federalize elections and undermine state sovereignty. Biden's cronies are using federal agencies as their personal "Get-Out-The-Vote" machines, all under the guise of protecting voting rights. It's an unconstitutional power grab, plain and simple, designed to tilt the scales in favor of Democrats ahead of the 2024 elections. The GOP is right to fight back, issuing subpoenas and challenging this order in the Supreme Court. This administration's relentless push to control every aspect of our lives must be stopped. The American people deserve fair elections, not ones rigged by Biden and his leftist allies.

Liberal Bias:

The Republican outrage over Biden’s executive order on voter registration is nothing but a smokescreen for their ongoing efforts to suppress voter turnout. This executive order is a necessary step to counteract the GOP's draconian voting restrictions, which are based on baseless claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. Republicans are terrified of a fair fight, so they’re doing everything in their power to prevent as many people as possible from voting. Their opposition to this order is just another example of their desperate attempts to cling to power by disenfranchising voters. Biden's initiative is a straightforward effort to make voting more accessible for all Americans, regardless of political affiliation. The GOP’s attacks on this order are not about protecting the integrity of elections; they are about maintaining their minority rule by any means necessary.

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