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Congressman David Kustoff

Representing the 8th District of Tennessee

Congressman Kustoff Votes Against the Democratic Politician Protection Act

March 11, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kustoff (TN-8) voted against the Democratic Politician Protection Act, H.R.1. While this measure claims to improve current voting systems, the real outcome of this legislation limits free speech, weakens the voting system, and places unnecessary burdens on local election officials and administrators. 

“It is disappointing that Democrats in Congress would push for unconstitutional legislation clearly designed to elect and maintain their Democratic majority. This legislation would allow the federal government to dictate how states run their elections, undermining our system put in place by the Constitution. This ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach will force states to adopt new election practices with absolutely no safeguards in place to prevent against voter fraud,” said Congressman Kustoff.  “In addition, this legislation puts a limit on free speech by placing restrictions on groups wishing to express their opinion on legislation. It is clear that this bill will lead to further limitations on voting rights and I was proud to join my colleagues in voting against this unconstitutional measure.”

Among the other many provisions found in this sweeping legislation, H.R.1 creates a new election standard that would allow for the government to match all small-donor contributions of $200 or less. This means that our government dollars will go towards supporting politicians that you do not agree with and would not choose to support.