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Election Integrity – Critical in 2022

electionLet us get a few things clear, as 2022 is fast upon us.  Election integrity is critical for the survival of the Republic.  That is why the Wall Street Journal and ACLU oppose S.1 – a sham act aimed at unconstitutionally gaming elections.  That is why so many states – the latest Florida – are protecting citizens’ votes with tailored, integrity-assuring, universally empowering legislation. Recent facts make the point – poignantly.

First, election fraud is real and is a felony.  The law is clear.  Dozens of types of election fraud exist.  Recent years record more than 1,000 election fraud convictions, including from 2020.  That is not partisan politics, just a fact.   The flip side is those who deny potential election fraud endanger our Republic and raise the question – why?  See, e.g., https://www.justice.gov/usao-nh/pr/federal-election-fraud-fact-sheet; https://www.heritage.org/voterfraud; https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/3/9/22321960/election-fraud-charges-dupage-countyhttps://cnsnews.com/commentary/hans-von-spakovsky/heres-what-election-fraud-deniers-dont-want-you-know.

Second, the right to vote seems a small matter.  It is not.  It is the foundational right and foundational obligation of every citizen.  The exercise of all rights depend on conscientious exercise – and full protection – of this right.  Free and fair elections legitimize a Republic; votes cast freely and fairly by citizens legitimize elections.  Citizens would rightly question the Republic absent free and fair elections; elections are properly questioned if votes are not freely and fairly cast and counted.

Third, preventing election fraud is not about encouraging citizens to vote but assuring that non-citizens, dead citizens, and other non-legal voting practices are disallowed while assuring all legal, eligible, interested citizens are able to vote.  Minimizing illegality and maximizing access precede any push for participation.  Civic participation must be legal; illegal participation is inherently wrong.

Fourth, a modern trope, or shallow partisan push-back against voter integrity laws, is a slur-like allegation that states seeking to protect against unconstitutional federal overreach, blunt abuses within the electoral process, assure only state citizens vote, minimize voter fraud, undue influence, and intimidation – are guilty of “voter suppression,” which is Democrat code for racism.

The irony, of course, is that the most profoundly racist “voter suppression” laws ever passed – upended by a Republican President, Republican Congresses, and Republicans on the federal bench – were pushed by Southern Democrats.  To be crystal clear – as a matter of incontrovertible American history – Democrats controlled every state legislature in the “Solid South” from 1876 to the 1960s and passed all those repulsive, repressive, voter suppression laws.  That was the doing of Democrats, not of Republicans.  See, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid_South.

Despite modern rewrites, Republicans were first out of the box on Civil Rights, led by Eisenhower’s 1957 and 1960 Civil Rights Acts.  Democrats, including then-Senator Lyndon Johnson, bitterly fought these advances.  When the 1960 Act finally became law, 81 percent of Republicans voted for it, only 59 percent of Democrats.  The chronology of Republican leadership is powerful, persuasive, undeniable. See https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/07/republicans_led_the_way_on_civil_rights.html; https://historynewsnetwork.org/blog/22526; and https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/a-list-of-accomplishments-by-republicans-that-democrats-have-tried-to-defeat-civil-rights-dont-fall-for-obama-lies/.

Moreover, these laws were nothing like the voter integrity laws being legitimately passed to prevent legal abuses and manipulate the modern electoral process.  They were laws that pushed poll taxes, roadblocks, educational and literacy tests, grandfathering, and race-based gerrymandering.

So, just as the liberal media and anti-Republican left have mischaracterized other voter integrity laws, they have just done the same with Florida’s reaffirmation of election integrity.  Perhaps the most poignant comeback was from the Wall Street Journal’s ever-laconic editors.  Not knowing where to begin, they started with humor.  “The fury at Florida’s new voting law calls to mind the old one-liner about déjà vu all over again.  Didn’t we already do this outrage cycle in Georgia?”  See, https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-facts-on-floridas-election-law-11621635890?st=9kusquuo3vnc6av&reflink=article_email_share.

They pivoted to the fact, a sound strategy when fighting fiction.  “Florida’s new law says voters requesting a mail ballot must provide a state ID number or the last four digits of a Social Security number,” a move “hardly … insurmountable,” as met by anything from passports to “photo IDs from schools, retirement centers, government employers and public-assistance programs.”  The idea is to know who is voting.

Then they note Floridians used to request ballots four years out, now have asked up to two years out – clearly a way of assuring voters are resident and alive.  The left calls this “double the work,” suggesting a rather low work standard.  The Journal dubs this “a hilariously low opinion of voters” – two phone calls over four years, not one.

The Florida bill also calls for drop boxes for absentee ballots, daily collection, assuring they are monitored (against fraud), and “geographically located” to give all voters an “equal opportunity to cast a ballot.”  They note that – dare the left to be reminded – “the ultimate drop boxes are the blue ones labeled ‘United States Postal Service’ and there are 4,361 in Florida, the USPS says.”

The point, in short:  Assuring election integrity is not about voter suppression, racism, left versus right, urban versus rural, or intimidation – as in the old Democrat days.  It is not about gaming the electoral system, setting up a one-party Federal Election Commission, suspending voter identification, allowing 16-year-olds, state and federal felons, illegal aliens, out-of-precinct, duplicate, or dead voting.  It is about a simple idea, one central to the Republic – election integrity.

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Mandy
3 months ago

My mother voted Republican and my father voted as a Democrat. When my mother died (1999) I made one call to GOP state voter registration to notify them of her death. I did a follow-up call a month later to ensure her name was off the list.

When my father died (2010) I called the Democrat state voter registration to have his name removed. I called back three times in an attempt to get his name removed. During the third call I got very firm with the person on the phone about how many times I have called to check on this etc. Finally, when I called back a fourth time, my father’s name was removed from the DNC voting rolls.

This is a true story. Democrats love those dead voters to help them during election time. A despicable bunch that they are. This voting fraud has been going on for years by the Democrats and my story proves it to me.

Hdrydr
3 months ago

Voting “integrity” died on the last election day. It ain’t gonna be honest anymore. Nothing was done then, and nothing will be done now or ever. Only 2 things can be done, and I seriously doubt any senior citizens have the guts to do either. Keep making comments and spinning your wheels. It’s all for naught.

Todd R Wagner
3 months ago

Paper ballots, voter ID, in person voting, absentee ballots with signature verification-proper postmark and received on election day. No machines, hand count by both party members with oversight. News outlets will be contacted by phone after all results are in no more exit polling. Voter roles need cleaned up annually and shenanigan’s will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law ,this is a REPUBLIC not a DEMOCROCY.

HocasPocas
3 months ago
Reply to  Todd R Wagner

Thumbs up! You’re voted in.

Last edited 3 months ago by HocasPocas
MarkR
3 months ago

This has been going on for more than 50 years and neither side is interested in correcting the travesty. Good luck in 2022, I am sure China will have this all figured out by then.

Stephen Russell
3 months ago

Election Integrity:
o Watercolor mark ballots
o QSR code ballots
o computers scan & count ballots
o computers scan signatures
o Automate Counting rooms
o 24/7 observers OK
o No ballot harvesting
o color code ballots
o Uniform Guidelines
o More polling sites
o Vet USPS workers on duty
o Local County oversees voting

Brad
3 months ago

Wyoming: 570,000 people, 2 Senators
California: 37,000,000, 2 Senators

It may be in the constitution, but it is hugely unfair, and perpetuates white power at the expense of equal representation. Democracy NOW

Honey
3 months ago
Reply to  Brad

What are you doing commenting here? You understand nothing. Go read the Federalist Papers.

David Spade
3 months ago
Reply to  Brad

Hey Bradly, ole boy.

Did you not pass civic class in middle school? Surely you got to the lesson about each state’s representation. You know…the discussion about each state having two senators and congressional seats based upon population. So California has 53 congressional seats plus two senators, making their representation in Washington, DC 55. Wyoming, on the other hand, has two senators and one congressional seat. That total, Bradley, if you are following along totals three. So, hopefully you passed math class….the difference is 52. Got it? Come on now, if you are a registered voter, you should have understood that many years before you even voted for the first time. If you did not understand that, you really need to ask your youngest niece or nephew about the other wonderful things that they learned in civics class. Please don’t ask your own children…..they might confess that you failed your own education in a pretty big way.

HocasPocas
3 months ago
Reply to  David Spade

Well David, from what I understand they don’t teach children civics today. Today it’s all about Project 19 and The Critical Race Theory. They don’t want our children educated on the founding of this great and free nation

Hdrydr
3 months ago
Reply to  Brad

We are supposed to live in a CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC. Not a Democracy. Your “idea” is mob rule, genius. Go back to the huffington post where you and your stupidity belong.

HocasPocas
3 months ago
Reply to  Brad

Sorry Brad, this is a Repulic. If you want a Democracy, you’ll have to move

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