Most election laws appear in state legal codes, because Article I, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution states: “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections…shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof…”
In 2020, officials in many states, including Pennsylvania, undermined public confidence in elections by exploiting government-imposed COVID restrictions as excuses to conduct the General Election under hastily-contrived, unlegislated, insecure, even unconstitutional “rules.”
In some key jurisdictions, secretive vote counting and late, statistically-improbable ballot spikes deepened public distrust.
Because courts declined legal reviews of credible allegations of cheating, fraud and other election irregularities/illegalities that could have reassured voters or provided remedies, many Americans, including some Democrats, still doubt the inaugurated president’s legitimacy.
Now, a number of states face the task of restoring public confidence in their election processes.
One state has already taken sensible measures to ensure the integrity of future elections.
To address evidence of significant election irregularities in Fulton County (Atlanta), Georgia’s legislature enacted new standards for election integrity.
In March, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill that made voting more convenient, but cheating more difficult. The bill requires voter identification, including for absentees, and outlaws general mailings of unsolicited absentee ballots.
Georgia added early voting on two Saturdays, and allows counties the option of early voting on two Sundays, as well. The law adds ballot drop boxes in secure sites.
Finally, the law empowers Georgia’s State Election Board to assume control of any county election board whose conduct raises legitimate concerns.
Nonetheless, the same Democrats who promote anti-2nd Amendment federal gun-owner licensing/identification and HIPAA-violating COVID-Vaccine “Passports” are calling Georgia’s voter identification law “racist,” and “un-American,” insisting the bill will restrict access, despite adding up to four early voting days.
Anyone who’s actually read the online text of Georgia’s “Election Integrity Act of 2021” knows those charges are false.
Because there’s no contemptible depth to which Democrats will not sink in exploiting race for partisan political purposes, on cue, President(ish) Joe Biden smeared Georgia’s law, calling it worse than “Jim Crow” – a characteristically-stupid, historically inaccurate, monumentally dishonest allegation.
Biden expects to be taken seriously, though, because Americans are no longer taught that post-Civil War Jim Crow laws were first enacted, then enforced and perpetuated for decades by Democrats who identified themselves as the “white man’s party” while demonizing Republicans for being “Negro dominated,” or remember that, only sixteen years ago, voter ID was recommended by a bipartisan election commission chaired by former President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat.
Among other blatantly-racist restrictions, Jim Crow laws imposed literacy tests and poll taxes to prevent blacks from voting.
Making every voter confirm their identity does neither, and it’s certainly not discriminatory.
Unprincipled Democrats ignore that everyone, minorities included, must present ID for driving, air travel, buying alcohol, prescriptions, social security and welfare benefits, even admission to their National Conventions. Do Democrats genuinely believe minority Americans to be incapable of getting and presenting voter ID? (Spoiler alert: Democrats don’t. They just prefer loosely-conducted, “finesse-able” elections.)
Congressional Democrats’ answer to state efforts to ensure election integrity is U.S. House Bill H.R. 1, nearly 900-pages misnamed “The For the People Act” that one organization called “a radical assault on American democracy, federalism and free speech.”
Although states may take slightly different approaches, all have long experience conducting elections. Historically, the federal government intervenes only to correct documented voting rights violations, but, among a long list of abuses, H.R. 1 would gratuitously override hundreds of state election laws, suspend the Separation of Powers, gut the Bill of Rights, and put Congress in control.
H.R. 1 would automatically register non-applicants, enroll illegal aliens, eliminate state laws correlating voters to registration lists, bar states from checking duplicate out-of-state registrations, permit unlimited mail-in voting, ban even the most elementary security protocols for mail-in ballots, and abolish voter ID laws, even though polling reveals that 75 percent of Americans support them.
In short, House Democrats are desperately attempting to institutionalize cheating and create a one-party state before the 2022 midterm elections that, otherwise, are almost certain to take their majority.
If the Senate concurs, the Supreme Court will be called upon to render a final verdict on “The State of Georgia, et al, v. the United States.”
One fervently hopes that Pennsylvania will be among the “et al.”