This bill would increase oversight aimed at preventing the influence of money from foreign individuals and governments in U.S. elections. It would also cut off grants to states allow ballot harvesting, a practice that opens the door to election fraud. Non-citizens are prohibited from voting in federal elections because it undermines the voting power of American citizens, and federal election grants shouldn’t go to states that allow non-citizens to vote in state or local elections.
This bill’s online political ad sponsorship disclosure requirements aren’t strong enough and won’t do enough to deliver transparency for viewers of online political ads. Cutting off states’ election grants unless they ban ballot harvesting will ultimately make it more difficult for people to vote. Additionally, blocking federal election grants to states that let non-citizens vote in local elections is a clearly partisan move aimed at liberal parts of the country.