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Mailing It In: Where Election Integrity Efforts Stand After a Year of Big Fights

AMAC Exclusive – by Cal Palmer

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For almost a year, Democrats and left-wing activists have smeared the efforts of Republican lawmakers to strengthen election integrity as “racist” and “voter suppression.” But as high-flying rhetoric has abounded on both sides of the debate, it has left many voters wondering: after months of politicians fighting, fortifying, and falsifying, what actually happened? In particular, with the midterm elections looming as the next big test of the integrity of the American election system, where do the major swing states now stand on the biggest opportunity for election fraud—mail-in, absentee ballots?

Recent polls show that a solid majority of Americans on both sides of the political aisle are eager for the answer to those questions. According to the Center for Excellence in Polling, over 60 percent of all voters are concerned about institutional election fraud, including a surprising 31 percent of Democrats who admit they are “very concerned.”

Two states – Georgia and Texas – have received the most national attention for their new election integrity measures, with the MLB pulling the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta and multiple large corporations issuing public rebukes of the Republican-controlled state legislatures in both states over the bills. President Joe Biden went so far as to call Georgia’s election integrity law “Jim Crow on steroids.” Democrats in Texas’s state legislature fled Austin on private planes in an attempt to block a vote on the state’s election integrity bill.

The Texas bill, which finally passed, tightened the state’s mail-in ballot rules by now requiring absentee voters to include either their driver’s license number, last four digits of their Social Security number, or a sworn statement that the voter has neither.

Texas also now requires counties with 100,000 people or more to provide a live stream of all ballot drop-boxes. 

However, in America’s upcoming midterm and presidential elections, the Lone Star State likely won’t play a decisive role in which party controls the future direction of the country. With no Senate contest in 2022 and a comfortable win for Donald Trump in the most recent presidential election, other states will likely determine which side comes out on top.

These states—call them the big nine—are Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, Iowa, and New Hampshire.

The big nine will decide control of the Senate in 2022 and the presidency in 2024. But they have at least one more common trait. Each has seen serious fights in 2021 over election integrity and mail-in ballots.

Of the big nine, Georgia’s law, SB 202, received the lion’s share of national attention. Of course, it also received an outsized share of leftist hysteria.

Under the law, election officials can’t send unsolicited absentee ballot applications without a voter requesting one. Georgia has joined Arizona and Florida in this regard.

Voters must also make their request for an absentee earlier than two Fridays before election, rather than just the Friday before election day.

The bill’s defenders argue this will likely lead to an increase in the number of absentee ballots actually counted because it will decrease the number of rejected ballots.

In turn, Georgia voters will need to provide their driver’s license number or equivalent voter ID number. Among the big nine, Georgia now joins Ohio and Wisconsin in requiring a driver’s license number on ballots. Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Florida, Arizona, and Pennsylvania don’t.

One modest reform not included in Georgia’s election integrity bill was a witness requirement for absentee ballots. Instead, like Florida, Arizona, Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, Georgia allows unwitnessed, mail-in ballots.

North Carolina and Wisconsin do require absentee ballots to be witnessed. Missouri’s absentee voters are actually required to have their ballots notarized, but none of the big nine have taken that approach.

What about timing? What’s the deadline for returning these mail-in ballots?

Most of the big nine require absentee ballots to be received by the time polls close on election night, including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.

But Ohio and North Carolina don’t. In fact, Ohio even counts absentee ballots received up to ten days after election day as long as the ballot was postmarked before election day.

That’s not Ohio’s only fast-and-loose rule, either.

Most states in America have either no “cure” period—a time in which voters can “correct” a mistake in their signature or try to overcome a verification problem in their absentee ballot—or a cure period of three days or less after election day.

But Ohio is an outlier. It allows seven days for curing. This puts Ohio in a very small group of states including Oregon and Rhode Island – constituencies with very different political leanings.

One thing is clear. As long as a strong majority of Americans have serious doubts about the integrity of mail-in voting, it will be difficult, if not impossible, for Americans to have faith in election outcomes. How states address those concerns is of vital importance to the health of our democracy, and it is accordingly the responsibility of both elected officials and a free and independent press to explain changes to election laws clearly and honestly. People are tuned in and engaged, and they expect no less from those charged with safeguarding our democratic ideals.

Cal Palmer is the pen name of an analyst and fellow at a national think tank. He is an attorney and officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.

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George
8 days ago

As long as mail-in ballots (NOT absentee ballots) are counted, the democrats have a great chance of winning. Absentee ballots are requested. Mail-in ballots are sent out in bulk mail and accepted in bulk mail. That way, if there is a deficiency in a democrat candidate’s plurality, a “lost” bunch of ballots can be found to insure a democrat victory. This seemed to be the case starting in Duval County, Texas, where a bunch of dead people’s ballots were surprisingly found and Lyndon B. Johnson was elected to the senate.

JJ Johnson-Smith
9 days ago

Seems to ME that Federal Elections should all share identical restrictions and requirements. Basic, Common Sense such as Photo I.D, Absentee Ballots for deployed military and proven disabled ONLY, and voting ON Election Day Only. Why is that so difficult? These basic guidelines SHOULD be nationwide for ALL elections at every level. Eliminate the confusion.

Sammy
9 days ago

2020 Presidential election? Most corrupt election ever held in this country. Now we are all paying. The future of America looks bleak to me. Sorry kiddies.

Sharon Black
9 days ago

I’m 83, no longer drive, therefore I welcome absentee ballot

Sovereign
9 days ago

As usual, Republicans have been negligent in preventing the Democrats from taking over the election process. That’s how the 2020 election got stolen, and that’s how future elections will be stolen.

Clark Kent
9 days ago

The author is obviously a lawyer. Tons of blah, blah, blah to admit nothing has really changed. Get paid by the hour, ‘Cal’?

Sam
9 days ago

Face it, folks. “Elections” in this country are now a thing of the past. What we will have from now on will be “Selections” of people previously picked to “win”. Just look at all the “Selectors” pouring over the borders…….

Clark Kent
9 days ago
Reply to  Sam

Yup, the idea of counting on elections to remedy our serious national issues is LONG gone. ‘Soap box, ballot box, cartridge box’ – Abraham Lincoln.

Robert Zuccaro
9 days ago

Just to be consistent they should demand vaccination cards to vote. But then that would be “racist” right? See? “Consistency” works!

George
9 days ago

Mail-in ballots are much different from absentee ballots. Absentee ballots are tracked. Mail-in ballots should be counted as provisional ballots only. There are many weeks of early voting opportunities prior to an election, and the polls are open at least twelve hours on election day. Serious voters can case a ballot in person.

Clark Kent
9 days ago
Reply to  George

Fuggittttabout ‘serious’ VOTERS. Concentrate on vote COUNTERS.

Aine Coleman
10 days ago

Mail-in Ballots are just an opportunity for fraud – that is why my state, NJ, loves it.

Joe
10 days ago

There shouldn’t be any mail-votes/ballots except for the disabled,elderly, that is what it was intended for. Any other way is just so the socialist,marxist,dumbocrap commies can steal the election like they did against Trump. Without identification for mail-in ballots any one can defraud the election, like we have found out all over the country,dummycraps been caught all over the place for fraud. If the spineless repukes don’t do something about this fraud, they will never win an election again.

Clark Kent
9 days ago
Reply to  Joe

NOW somebody ‘gets’ it! And by the way, the ‘spineless repukes’ vastly outnumber the ‘spine repukes’.

mjl
10 days ago

I have asked Bob Carlson AMAC ACTION to contact Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers, Senator AZ, for an interview of her continued actions across the nation in encouraging every state/legislature to request forensic audits and support voter integrity. We read what happened in the 2020 election but no action is taken even when proof is presented…only the media and press not acknowledging this proof and continuing to mock Trump’s claim of fraud.. .this gal has taken a lead in bringing about a proposed change to prevent this happening in ’22 and ’24 elections…we NEED TO SUPPORT HER AND CONTACT OUR STATE LEGISLATURE TO FOLLOW ELECTION LAWS!!!! I hope you have seen her interviews on OANN.

Mellon
10 days ago
Reply to  mjl

I am Hopeful of the 2022 Election Outcome..assuming America is Still in One Piece as a Country at that Point…Also Feel we Live in a ‘Lawless’..Country …Compromised ..Bought Off…Corrupted Politicians and Judiciary…Trump Won in a Landslide..and No Matter What Evidence is Shown..about the STEAL….NOTHING Happens….We are Venezuela….!!!….’Depressing’….!!!

Clark Kent
9 days ago
Reply to  mjl

Except my state legislature is run by Dumbocrats and could CARE LESS ABOUT VOTER FRAUD. So contacting them is a gigantic WASTE OF TIME. Quit spinning your wheels buddy, and start preparing for Revolutionary War II, coming soon to a neighborhood near you. WAKE UP!

BAE
10 days ago

Politicians should only be able to run two four year terms for the house and senate, then get a real job. No more then eight years. Done and gone……………
This is they only way to get some honesty.

Camille Gilliam
10 days ago
Reply to  BAE

Yes, but we need to have a few people in there with some experience tohelp fight when we need it. Like Jim Jordan has been doing.

Jorge L Rios
10 days ago

It would be nice to have your pie and eat it too, but that just won’t work. We can’t be making exceptions when it is convinient for us.
There must be term limits for anyone in Washington government positions, whether elected or appointed, all including burocrats must have a limit of 8-10 years to serve and that is it, your out, let the next person have a try at it.

Clark Kent
9 days ago
Reply to  Jorge L Rios

Term limits are already enshrined in our Constitution. They are called elections and are held on a regular basis. The REAL problem is the majority of citizens can’t be bothered to get off of their collective fat azzes to bother to REGISTER to vote, much less cast a ballot. ‘We have met the enemy and he is us’ – Pogo.

Marc P.
10 days ago

If we don’t fix every state and have true election integrity all hope for America is lost. We must eliminate ballot harvesting, unverified mail-in ballots, dead people voting and double voting by people who have moved. And we must have a cross-check of ballots to valid ID + validated signatures.

mjl
10 days ago
Reply to  Marc P.

I have asked Bob Carlson AMAC ACTION to contact Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers, Senator AZ, for an interview of her continued actions across the nation in encouraging every state/legislature to request forensic audits and support voter integrity. We read what happened in the 2020 election but no action is taken even when proof is presented…only the media and press not acknowledging this proof and continuing to mock Trump’s claim of fraud.. .this gal has taken a lead in bringing about a proposed change to prevent this happening in ’22 and ’24 elections…we NEED TO SUPPORT HER AND CONTACT OUR STATE LEGISLATURE TO FOLLOW ELECTION LAWS!!!! I hope you have seen her interviews on OANN.

Susan Kathy Houser
9 days ago
Reply to  mjl

What is the best way to support her?

Rich
9 days ago

Go to wendyrogers.org. You can donate or contact her for help.

Clark Kent
9 days ago
Reply to  Marc P.

Did you used to write for the old TV show ‘Fantasy Island’?

Karen
10 days ago

NO MORE MAILING IN BALLOTS!

Clark Kent
9 days ago
Reply to  Karen

Not going to happen. But thanks for playing. P.S. Folks here who thing voting is going to save the USA at this point are like people worrying about a roof leak when water is rushing through the doors.

Doris Lauter
11 days ago

We must have Republicans and Democrats working together to count the votes. Mail in voting is horrible. I saw a woman stuffing the ballot pickup boxes at night. I saw phony mail in ballots that someone printed and used. The boxes and boxes of boxes of ballots all filled out for Biden. Was there a warehouse to see how many they would need to beat Trump? I saw a ;machine on Anderson cooper on election night, tallying the votes. The machine gave Biden 500 votes more, and at the same moment, the machine too away 500 votes form Trump totals. Fraud everywhere. Paper ballots in person are best, and mail in absentee ballots for old people….handicapped

Clark Kent
9 days ago
Reply to  Doris Lauter

Sorry, but I don’t trust ANY Dumbocrat within 500 miles of a ballot counting location and neither should you.

Joan
11 days ago

I have not heard anything about voters who change their minds after mailing in their vote. I had heard that if they went to the polls and “re-voted” their original vote would be deleted. Is that part of the “cure” process?

Virginia Coleman
12 days ago

I still say Paper Ballots are the best way to vote cause there would be no internet interference for sure. Our elections have to be secure and not have the fiasco that went on with liberals controlling it. There should never have to be anything hidden when it comes to counting votes. CHEATERS don’t want you to see their hand until it’s too late and you lose all.

Kenneth Bottomley
11 days ago

The problem is that if you have fowl people working there they, can still make your vote disappear and replace it with you being counted, voting for the other side and you wouldn’t know it !

Clark Kent
9 days ago

Don’t ‘fowl’ people raise chickens?

Robin Walter Boyd
12 days ago

Why are all American citizens required to have a SS number if we aren’t going to utilize that number to prevent something as important as voter fraud? Yes, fake SS numbers can be made up, but that still leaves just one vote per SS number, preventing multiple votes by any one person even if they are using an invalid SS number, which should be able to be verified. Voting integrity just doesn’t need to be as complicated and convoluted as deceitful people keep making it out to be.

HocasPocas
11 days ago

Why not a photo id. You have to have one for every thing else. Even the democrats “poor people” have to have a photo id to get their free food stamps and cash assistance

Clark Kent
9 days ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

But, but, but that is ‘WAYYCISST’, don’tcha’ know?

Jane CA
10 days ago

Wow, That means people can make up as many SS numbers they want and vote multiple times. All numbers should be checked against a list of true (and active ) numbers. It woulsn’t be too hard to set that up.

Bruce G Rowe
12 days ago

Someone needs to look at those voting machines or eliminate the machines all together, and just do it by hand. That’s how Venezuela lost their country, and after that the country’s dictator eliminated their country’s Supreme court. I would say that the Republicans could not win in the 22 election, because of those machines.

HocasPocas
11 days ago
Reply to  Bruce G Rowe

I’d say you’re right Mr. Rowe. That’s the plan

Clark Kent
9 days ago
Reply to  Bruce G Rowe

You meant to say ‘will not win’. There; I fixed it for you.

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