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Election Integrity Efforts Across America Since The Disastrous 2020 Election

jim crow electionFollowing the highly contentious 2020 election, elected officials across America have made many efforts to secure the integrity of future elections. 

Since November 8, 2020, new election integrity laws have been enacted in ten different states: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming.

In Arizona, Republican Governor Doug Ducey signed S.B. 1485 into law on May 11, 2021. The bill limits the amount of absentee ballots that are automatically mailed out to registered voters by cleaning the voter rolls and removing those who did not vote in the last two election cycles. The bill passed the Arizona State Legislature along party lines, with no Democrats voting for the bill.

In Arkansas, Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson signed three election integrity bills into law on April 27, 2021. The three bills were H.B. 1112, H.B. 1715, and S.B. 486. H.B. 1112 requires voters that cast a ballot without providing some form of identification to provide identification to their county clerk’s office within six days of voting. H.B. 1715 requires that all signatures on absentee ballot applications match the signature on the voter’s voter registration application. S.B. 486 bans all non-voters from coming within 100 feet of a polling place and potentially disrupting the voting process. 

In Florida, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed S.B. 90 into law on May 6, 2021. The bill bans local Florida governments from accepting private money to pay for election-related expenses, bans the mailing of unsolicited ballots to voters, mandates that all signatures on vote-by-mail applications match the most recent signature on file, expands the no-solicitation zone outside polling places to 200 feet from 150 feet, requires voters applying for a mail-in ballot to show some form of identification, and provides poll watchers, political parties, committees, and candidates with increased access to the election process. 

In Georgia, Republican Governor Brian Kemp signed S.B. 202 into law on March 25, 2021. The bill requires voters that request an absentee or mail-in ballot to provide some form of identification bans the mailing of unsolicited ballots to voters, establishes new standards for ballot drop boxes, expands early voting in rural counties, and requires counties to certify their election results within six days, as well as report the total number of ballots each county has received by 10:00 p.m. on Election Night. Despite this bill being less significant than election integrity bills that have been enacted in other states, Democrats and left-wing activists oddly fixated on this piece of legislation. This is likely due to the fact that Democrats feel that their ability to win statewide races in Georgia is undermined if the elections are conducted with integrity, which says a lot.

In Iowa, Republican Governor Kim Reynolds signed S.F. 413 into law on March 8, 2021. The bill changes the time that the polls close for state and federal elections to 8:00 p.m. local time from 9:00 p.m. local time, cuts the early voting period to 20 days before Election Day from 29 days, and mandates that all mail-in ballots be received by Election Day. 

The Kansas State Legislature has passed two election integrity bills since the 2020 election: H.B. 2183 and H.B. 2332. H.B. 2183 requires the signatures on all mail-in ballots to match the signature on file for each voter, bans private organizations and companies from providing funds for election infrastructure, makes ballot harvesting nearly impossible, and makes it illegal to backdate mail-in ballots. H.B. 2332 bans the governor or secretary of state from unilaterally altering election procedures and protocols without the Kansas State Legislature, as well as requires senders of third party solicitations to reside in the state of Kansas and provide some form of identification to state officials. Kansas’s Democrat Governor Laura Kelly vetoed both of the bills on April 23, 2021. However, on May 3, 2021, the Kansas State Legislature voted to override Kelly’s vetoes of the bills, meaning both bills are now law.

In Montana, Republican Governor Greg Gianforte signed two election integrity bills into law on April 19, 2021. The two bills were S.B. 169 and H.B. 176. S.B. 169 mandates that all Montanans show some form of identification when registering to vote and voting. H.B. 176 bans same-day voter registration and require voters to register to vote by “noon the day before the election”. 

In Tennessee, Republican Governor Bill Lee signed S.B. 1315 into law on May 11, 2021. The bill bans non-approved contributions for election-related expenses and requires all absentee ballots to include a watermark. Any absentee ballots that do not bear the newly mandated watermark will be rejected by election officials.

In Utah, Republican Governor Spencer Cox signed H.B. 12 into law on February 15, 2021. The bill requires county clerks to remove dead registered voters from the voter rolls within 10 days of their death certificate being issued. This is common-sense legislation that should be enacted nationwide. What is the point in keeping a deceased American on the voter rolls?

In Wyoming, Republican Governor Mark Gordon signed H.B. 75 into law on April 6, 2021. The bill requires all Wyoming voters to present some form of identification when voting in person. Sadly, unlike election integrity measures enacted in other states, Wyoming’s voter ID requirement does not apply to absentee or mail-in ballots.

Since the disastrous 2020 election, election integrity bills have also passed at least one chamber of the state legislature in three different states: Michigan, Texas, and Wisconsin.

The Michigan House of Representatives has passed a total of three election integrity bills since the 2020 election. The bills are H.B. 4127, H.B. 4128, and H.B. 4135. H.B. 4127 allows for voters with unknown dates of birth to be removed from the voter rolls. H.B. 4128 allows for inactive voters that have not voted since the 2000 general November election to be removed from the voter rolls. H.B. 4135 requires all towns and cities with more than two precincts and more than 6,000 registered voters to establish an absent voter counting board for each precinct.

Many election integrity bills have been introduced in the Texas State Legislature, but only S.B. 7 has managed to actually get passed. S.B. 7 is a comprehensive election integrity bill that bans early drive-thru voting, forces all Texas counties that use voting machines to produce an auditable paper trail for each ballot, bans the sending of unsolicited mail-in ballot applications to Texas voters, establishes an online tracking tool for voters to track the status of their mail-in ballot applications and mail-in ballots, bans donations of over $1,000 for election-related expenses to counties unless they are unanimously approved by the governor, lieutenant governor, and Texas Speaker of the House expands access for poll watchers at polling places, and requires all counties with a population of 100,000 or more to live stream the video surveillance at their central counting stations, where most votes are counted. S.B. 7 passed the Texas State Senate on April 1, 2021, and passed the Texas House of Representatives on May 7, 2021. However, since the bill was heavily amended when it passed the Texas House of Representatives, the bill currently sits in a conference committee, where the bill will be revised to fit the desires of both chambers. Both chambers will need to pass the revised version of S.B. 7 again in order for it to be sent to Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s desk, where it will likely get signed into law.

A total of seven election integrity bills have passed at least one chamber of the Wisconsin State Legislature since the 2020 election. The bills are A.B. 173, S.B. 203, S.B. 207, S.B. 208, S.B. 210, S.B. 212, and S.B. 213. A.B. 173 prohibits counties, cities, and towns from accepting donations or grants from individuals or nongovernmental entities to cover election-related expenses. S.B. 203 mandates that all absentee ballots are returned by either the voter or a member of the voter’s immediate family. Like A.B. 173, S.B. 207 bans counties, cities, and towns from accepting donations or grants from individuals or nongovernmental entities to cover election-related expenses. S.B. 208 requires the Wisconsin Elections Commission to release copies of their meeting minutes online. S.B. 210 mandates local election officials to grant election observers full access to the election process and all recounts. S.B. 212 increases the penalties for election fraud that is committed by election officials. S.B. 213 states that those who commit election fraud in Wisconsin can be tried in “any county within the area covered by any office on the ballot for the election that is affected by the conduct alleged to be in violation of the state election laws.”

The integrity of every election is critical to America. If your state has not enacted common-sense election integrity measures, contact your elected officials and explain that election integrity is a top concern of yours that you believe needs to be addressed. The survival of our nation is at stake.

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JohnH
29 days ago

I do not agree with statement that “2020 election was disastrous”. The problem is that some people have accepted the results & some have not, even though AG Bill Barr came out with statement Judicial Branch finds no fraud/corruption with election. Would like to see AMAC run a poll that asks how many in this group accept the election results & how many do not.

HelenC
1 month ago

Too little, too late. Unless states get their act together, each election will be fraudulent. Need voter ID and voting only on Election Day and doctor’s letter for absentee ballots or military excuse—NOW!!! Talk is cheap. Need action now. Quit using honest elections as fund raiser.

HocasPocas
1 month ago

What about the states that truly need election reform laws like PA

Becky
1 month ago

I see our useless Michigan ‘representatives’ are still hard at work doing nothing beyond writing useless Bills.
These fools need REAL jobs, not paid for by working people.

Dave
1 month ago
Reply to  Becky

Us Virginians have the same problem.
I hope and pray that we take back control of the Legislature as well as the Governorship and all statewide offices this year.

Gilifer
1 month ago

Yes, and before Biden term is over, there will many more registered republicans!!!

Just Asking....
1 month ago

Before 2022 election ballots can be “secured” the 2020 elections should be verified. They have not been verified regardless of what Democrats and some Republicans say.

Helen
1 month ago

Feeling more secure about casting my vote is one of important and secure thing we can get done in this country. I would like to see something done in blue states also. Especially with the control issues.

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Election Integrity is the following:
o QSR code ballots
o computers scan & count ballots
o watermark ballots
o ballots produced in secure locale
o Vet USPS workers
o Indie Voting Board estd.
o observers 24/7 to Count rooms
o scan signatures by optical computer
o Uniform Guidelines estd.,
Then no Nov 2020 rerun

Eldridge Koppen
1 month ago

I’m 85 years old, and over the last few years, my hand writing and even printing have deteriorated to the point where I can’t sign my signature twice and have them match. I doubt that my absentee ballot votes will be accepted because of the signature mismatch. If they go to a system where I can send in a copy of my driver’s license, that would solve my problem. The only other alternative is to vote in person.

Victoria Johnson
1 month ago

Due to my age and increasing infirmity in my hands, my signature varies also. Therefore, I ALWAYS bring my absentee ballot into the Registrar’s Office and have them verify my identity and signature as I watch before they accept my ballot into the system. They stamp the outer envelope with their official seal showing it had been verified before it is placed with the other ballots. I still have the convenience of voting my ballot at my leisure at home but I don’t trust it would be ‘approved’ if I just mailed it in.
I started this practice when I would bring my disabled husband’s absentee ballot in. I always had to present my ID and sign an affidavit that I was a relative or caregiver with the authorization to present my husband’s ballot. They never just accepted it without question as to who I was or why I had someone else’s ballot in my possession.
I prefer voting in person They usually accommodate me by taking me out of the long line and bringing me to the front and then provide me with a chair so I don’t have to stand while I vote. I use a walker and it is extremely uncomfortable to stand for more than a few minutes. (I never requested or expected these accommodations, they just offered them spontaneously.)
If you have a phone with which you can take a picture, perhaps you could go to the Registrar’s Office just once before an election and they’d let you take a picture of your registration card so you can compare your signature to what they have on file when an election actually comes around.
Hope any of this helps in your situation.

Victoria Johnson
1 month ago

All these new laws will be for nought when Pelosi’s House passes H R 1 (already done) and the Schumer/Harris’ Senate passes S 1 which nullify ALL state election laws and overrides them with their national ‘election integrity corruption in perpetuity’ laws. The RINOs, especially those who don’t plan to run again, will be only too happy to join them to ‘stick a finger in the eyes’ of the new Trump influenced Republican Party. Any Republican who plans to run for office under the new laws is too stupid to get elected if they think they will even be allowed on the ballot much less permitted to win. Look to states like California or Washington for the proof of what I say. There are only 2 Dem candidates on the ballot to choose from for many offices in California. You aren’t even allowed a Republican choice if you wanted one. Even if they appear to have ‘won’ in traditionally Republican districts, the ‘ballots’ will be re-counted for as many days as it takes to overturn the original total and declare the Dem the ‘winner’. (Not just one but five Congressional races in one Calif. area were overturned in this mannner in 2016. In an earlier election, it took 4 or 5 ‘re-counts’ over a month in Washington State for the office of Governor to be given to the Dem after the Repub ‘appeared’ to have won on election night and through the first 2 or 3 ‘re-counts’. ‘New’, previously uncounted ballots, were miraculously ‘found’ after each re-count until they came up with just enough to tip the outcome in their favor. Al Franken’s Senatorial race in Minnesota in 2009 was decided in the same manner, re-counting until just the right number of ballots were ‘found’ weeks after election night. And, our latest example for all to see, was the alleged ‘count’ in four or five carefully chosen locations on Nov. 3, 2020.) H R 1 and S 1 will codify all these underhanded and illegal tactics into law nationwide if they are allowed to pull this off. No longer will they have to ‘cheat’ behind the scenes, they’ll be able to do it right out in the open under the cover of law.

Penny
1 month ago

Other nations look to us as a republic and have in the past admired our fair and honest election process.
These school yard antics of the disrupters in the Democratic Party are an insult to us as American citizens.
There should be severe consequences for those that are bent on dishonest election practices. Their right to vote should be stripped from them. Its treasonous for these groups and individuals to overthrow the honest and honorable election process .
Where is their patriotism! If you hate the United States then leave.

Joan
1 month ago

When I was young, you had to be 21 to vote and I think it should be the same today.
You registered to vote, you went to your polling place and cast you ballot. Or you request an
absentee ballot, for whatever reason, health, age, military, etc. SIMPLE!

Victoria Johnson
1 month ago
Reply to  Joan

The outcome is too unpredictable with those archaic standards. The Dems aren’t willing to accept any outcome except their own and will use whatever means necessary to achieve it. They’re just tired of having to work so hard at it which is why they just want to codify their illicit, unethical practices into law with H R 1 and S 1 and be done with the subterfuge once and for all.

Becky
1 month ago

Exactly. We need some good constitutional attorneys to sue every person in the federal government — for ALL their personal assets — if they put their corrupt signature on these corrupt and unconstitutional bills.
I want to participate.

Brunhilde Bauer
1 month ago

“…The integrity of every election is critical to America. If your state has not enacted common-sense election integrity measures, contact your elected officials and explain that election integrity is a top concern of yours that you believe needs to be addressed. The survival of our nation is at stake…”

Gary Fanning
1 month ago

Great to see various states moving towards election processes that intensify the integrity of cast ballots by citizens! We need more (all) states to take similiar action and to defeat the horrible H.R. 1 being pushed by Pelosi and others looking to further erode the integrity of the ballot box in future elections!

Victoria Johnson
1 month ago
Reply to  Gary Fanning

Not only is my state, Nevada, NOT strengthening our state election laws to eliminate vote fraud, they’re passing laws to mirror H R 1 and S 1 just in case they don’t pass nationally. Many of the Dem controlled states have already had these election fraud practices written into their laws for years and they’re not about to change them now. H R 1 and S 1 were formulated using these laws and were embellished further from there.

JOHN
1 month ago

Why is everyone ignoring the 600 pound Gorilla in the room????
The question of equity/equality is a mere jumping off of hype disguising what is a larger issue. Separation of Legal Jurisprudence by RACE! Different laws and their application based entirely on what IS acceptable (tolerated) behavior in one group but is NOT acceptable behavior in another!
Thus different rules based totally on division by social mores. People of color will be held to a “different” set of standards than anyone else?
A method of dividing American Citizens from being We THE People! A promise made by Former President Barack Hussein Obama to fundamentally CHANGE Our America!

HocasPocas
1 month ago
Reply to  JOHN

He wasn’t my president

Dave Thompson
1 month ago

Great ..! Now what’s happening in Democratic run swing states?

Jeff Noncent
1 month ago

I am all in but what about the 2020 election who won? It still stolen when is the winner going to take its place?

Avery
1 month ago

Dems are scared. They are doomed without HR 1!!

Victoria Johnson
1 month ago
Reply to  Avery

We can only hope. Even if they can’t codify it into law, they will only expand and escalate their tactics in future elections to ensure their desired outcome. The know the RINOs will never fight back.

Kim
1 month ago

Why wouldn’t a district remove non-residents and dead people from the voter rolls? Why shouldn’t the voter present identification to protect his or her vote? Why isn’t every district looking for ways to prevent corruption?

I’d still like to see early voting more severely limited, and eventually banned altogether, and all votes received after Election Day invalidated. I love seeing this red wave of common sense in new voting guidelines. Good for you, Republicans!

PaulE
1 month ago
Reply to  Kim

“Why wouldn’t a district remove non-residents and dead people from the voter rolls?”
In most states, voting districts are bound by state voting rules. The districts themselves generally cannot act outside approved state voter laws. If a state has been dominated by Democrats for any length of time, the state’s voting laws likely reflect a number of “Democrat friendly” means to ensure a Democrat majority maintains control of the state. In plain English, that means lax voter ID verification. If the district is represented by Democrats, they have NO INCENTIVE to clean up their voter rolls. All that would accomplish is it would lower the Democrat vote count and Democrats might lose elections. It’s all about obtaining and maintaining power, not representing the people.

“Why shouldn’t the voter present identification to protect his or her vote?” Again, in Democrat controlled districts, this would lower the Democrat vote and would likely result in many Democrats possibly losing their races. Again, it’s all about gaining and maintaining political power.

“Why isn’t every district looking for ways to prevent corruption?” This is answered above for Democrat controlled states and districts.

In Republican controlled states, most, but not all, of these issues have already been dealt with and thus are not a significant problem. Many Republican controlled states do have to significantly tighten up their voter laws to reflect modern technology and potential gaps created by the use of technology that may be less secure, via internet connectivity, and more easily intercepted and altered. Most state voter laws haven’t significantly changed since the late 60s or the early 70s, so they do need to be updated to reflect modern security threats.

Hope this helps.

Last edited 1 month ago by PaulE
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