WASHINGTON, DC, APR 9 — A new Rasmussen poll shows that a majority of Americans across party lines are focused on the need to strengthen voter credentials. A massive 89% of Republicans said that we need to require voters to show photo IDs in order to ensure “a fair and secure election process. Sixty-five percent of Democrats agreed and so did 71% of independents.
Meanwhile, in the months leading up to the November elections last year, just 19% of Americans said they were “very” confident in the process, according to the pollsters at Gallup. Another 40% of survey respondents would say only that they were “somewhat confident.”
“The polling underscores the growing doubt about the integrity of our nation’s election process and to paraphrase Rep. Jim Banks, R-IN, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, we need to do something tangible about it if we are to restore the confidence and faith of voters,” according to Bob Carlstrom, president of AMAC Action, the senior advocacy arm of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
In a letter to Congressman Banks and Senator Rick Scott, R-FL, Carlstrom praised the legislation they have introduced in the House and the Senate– the Save Democracy Act.
“By focusing on voter registration, ballot casting and ballot counting, your bill works to prohibit or reform the current practices that weaken the security, oversight, and administration of elections for federal office,” he wrote, noting that “the AMAC membership has been very vocal in their desire to reform the election process. They are greatly concerned about the allegations of fraud regarding last November’s general election and have made election integrity one of our top legislative priorities.”
Carlstrom cites the non-partisan Federation for American Immigration Reform [FAIR], which states that “Mass immigration has had a significant effect on American electoral politics. Despite the fact that it is a crime for aliens to vote in federal elections, noncitizens and illegal aliens are counted when apportioning congressional districts. This means that areas with large numbers of illegal alien residents gain additional representatives in Congress. This also translates into more electors under the Electoral College for such states, which means that noncitizens also exert an indirect influence on presidential elections.”
The proposed legislation would reinforce the U.S. election law provision that you have to be a citizen to vote in a federal election by requiring proof of citizenship in order to cast a ballot.
The proposed law would:
- Require verification of citizenship in order to register to vote
- Necessitate would be voters to provide Social Security Numbers to register
- And, oblige federal courts to notify state election officials when an individual is excused from jury duty because they are not a citizen
In addition to addressing the need to strengthen voter registration procedures, it would also provide failsafe provisions for casting and tabulating ballots
Senator Scott says that “if the American people don’t have confidence in our elections, we don’t have a true democracy. What we saw this past election was confusion and chaos caused by inconsistent standards and last-minute changes to established election laws by state officials and activist judges. It’s now more clear than ever that there is a serious need for major reforms to our election systems. The Save Democracy Act establishes common sense, nation-wide standards and requirements for voter ID, mail-in ballots and vote counting. To restore confidence in our elections, we need consistency and the ability to ensure accurate and timely election results.”
The opposition to the Save Democracy Act has mounted a campaign in the Democrat controlled Congress to ensure it doesn’t pass.
“Do these naysayers wish to allow unlawful voters to continue obstructing elections? Is it that they wish to encourage an expanding band of unlawful voters to keep them in power,” Carlstrom asked?
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