9 Key State Election Recommendations
Election Authority Resides with Your State Legislature
People all over the nation are deeply concerned about the issue of election integrity. The 2020 elections revealed genuine concerns in the election process that could threaten election integrity and our Constitutional Republic's very foundation.
Yet, even more damaging than election fraud is the lost confidence many Christians now have in the election system. The resulting apathy leads Christians to once again sit on the sidelines of the civic process.
At the very moment when involvement is needed, people are withdrawing. Now is the time to get more involved, not retreat. We must roll up our sleeves and take action - first, to help every Christian vote, and second, to put in place election safeguards at the county and state level.
While much of the national frustration and focus is directed to federal reforms (as we have seen in the dangerous S1 legislation in the Senate), the best and proper solution for election reform is found within the individual states.
It is your state legislators, specifically, whose job it is to ensure effective election practices are made into law in your state to help every eligible voter cast their vote and to protect the integrity of every ballot.
The policy experts at the Heritage Foundation put together nine election reform recommendations for state legislators to help mitigate election fraud and ensure every legal vote is protected.
The reforms include:
- Verify the accuracy of voter registration lists. Make sure computerized statewide lists can be compared to other state record databases for voter’s latest information on any change of addresses.
- Verify citizenship of voters. States should have laws in place requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote and should cross reference the information with the Department of Homeland Security records. It is federal law that only American citizens can cast a ballot.
- Require voter ID. A voter should be required by state law to provide identification with a government issued ID.
- Limit absentee ballots. This process of voting should be reserved only for those who have disabilities or who will be out of town on election day.
- Prevent vote trafficking also known as ballot harvesting. This is when third parties (such as Facebook, candidates, and political parties) collect ballots and bring them to the polling place. There is no supervision for this practice and therefore it is a practice prone to fraud. State law should prohibit all forms of ballot harvesting.
- Allow election observers complete access to the election process. The only limitation that should be placed on an election observer is that they are not permitted to interfere with the voting and counting process. Otherwise, election observers should have access to observe the process, including the verification of ballots and opening of absentee ballots to help ensure a legal election.
- Provide voting assistance. Any individual providing assistance to a voter due to a disability should be required to fill out a form with their name, address, and reason their assistance is needed. The form should be filed with the poll election officials.
- Prohibit early voting counting. Ballots should not be counted until the polls close on election day to avoid any premature release of election results. However, if a state must allow for early vote counting, states should ensure that any early release of election results before the evening of Election Day is subject to criminal penalties.
- Provide state legislatures with legal standing. States should ensure they have legal standing (through a constitutional amendment or state law) to sue other state officials if necessary for making unauthorized changes to state election laws.
We believe these proposed safeguards would significantly improve election integrity without placing hardship on any citizen when casting a vote. This is where we need your help.
We encourage you to contact your state legislators and urge them to make sure all nine of these practices are part of your state law.
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We encourage you to take action and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Remember, the best way to ensure election integrity is through good election laws passed by your state legislators.TAKE ACTION