House Republicans voted last week to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission and the "three-dollar checkoff" on federal 1040 tax forms, claiming they wanted to eliminate another "bloated federal agency."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., NV), however, declared the bill dead on arrival, calling the reform "an act of voter suppression."
The $3 donation box was created in the wake of the Watergate scandal, reports Karoun Demirjian for the Las Vegas Sun, and the EAC was created following the 2000 Bush v. Gore election controversy.
The EAC was created along with the "Help America Vote Act," which provides grants to help counties update their voter registration lists and educate voters, which is one of the reasons Reid wants to save the commission.
The Obama Administration issued a statement siding with Reid, even though Obama was the first presidential candidate to turn down public financing, which is aided by the $3 1040 donations.