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EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Budd Introduces Bill To Shut Down Biden’s Executive Order To ‘Promote Voter Registration’

Republican North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd introduced a bill Thursday that would shut down an executive order issued by President Joe Biden that could require federal officials to participate in electioneering activities.

The legislation, first obtained by the Daily Caller, is titled the Promoting Free and Fair Elections Act. The bill would prohibit federal agencies from using taxpayer funds to implement or enter into agreements with partisan organizations that conduct voter mobilization activities.

Biden’s executive order, issued March 7, 2021, requires all executive department and agency heads to “evaluate ways in which the agency can, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, promote voter registration and voter participation.” The order lists the distribution of voter registration materials, application assistance, and the promotion of third-party organizations as potential options for agency heads.

The bill would prevent the Biden administration from using the power and resources of the federal executive branch, and federal offices located in states across the U.S., from engaging in voter registration and mobilization efforts.

“President Biden’s executive order empowering every federal agency to engage in electioneering on the taxpayers’ dime raises serious ethical and legal concerns. This sweeping directive is inherently partisan and directed primarily at groups expected to vote for one party instead over another,” Budd told the Daily Caller before introducing the legislation.

Some other prohibited activities in the bill include:

  • Distributing voter-registration application forms.
  • Providing an “information” form that contains information on the voter-registration process.
  • Providing assistance to applicants in completing a registration application form.
  • Accepting completed voter-registration forms.
  • Transmitting each completed application to state election officials.

In January, Budd and over two dozen House Republicans urged the Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget to provide documents related to Biden’s executive order.

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