(UnitedVoice.com) – Do you remember what it was like to be a kid? Recess was the time we all headed out to release some energy and have some fun. Kids being kids, they all have one thing in common. They need structure and rules to guide how they play. Inevitably, there was always that one kid who changed the rules mid-game to rig it in his or her favor. Predictably, what ensued was a food fight at lunch. It’s human nature, especially for those who are hyper-competitive. If we’re honest with one another, adults aren’t so much different. The only thing that changes are the stakes.
There are few things as sacred as voter integrity. In the 2020 general election, there’s no question that several Democratic governors and their appointees changed election rules under the guise of the pandemic. What ensued was a loss of confidence in the voting system by at least half the country. Fast forward to the last few days, two Republican-led states passed legislation that would make it harder to change the rules in the middle of the game. However, Democrats in Congress and President Joe Biden are moving to counter these measures and empower the same shenanigans that occurred in the last election.
Iowa and Georgia Clarify the Rules
On Monday, March 8, Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law that seeks to avoid confusion before and after election day and ensure the integrity of elections in her state. The common-sense bill shortens early voting from 29 to 20 days, requires that absentee ballots be received by Election Day, and bans the mailing of unsolicited ballots.
In Georgia, the state Senate voted 29-20 to change a 2005 law that allowed for no-excuse absentee voting. The only voters eligible to vote by mail would be those over 65 years-old, absent from the precinct, observing a religious holiday or celebration, or providing continuous care for someone. In addition, the Georgia legislature is considering voter ID requirements, stopping automatic voter registration, and changing absentee ballot request deadlines. It should pass in the House and head to the Republican governor’s desk.
Democrats Try to Head Off Republican-Led States
In addition to Iowa and Georgia, numerous states are looking to protect voter integrity. However, Democrats are fighting against it through HR 1, called the “ For the People Act.” It seeks to expand on so-called “voter rights” that empower the potential for election fraud and misdeeds by centralizing elections under federal control. What the bill should be called is the “For the Democrats Act.”
Democrats argue that the GOP is attempting to restrict voting rights. That couldn’t be any further from the truth. Just like on the playground, there must be rules that establish how the game is played. In this instance, it’s an election. The public must know the rules, and the courts should uphold them, even in the middle of a crisis. Otherwise, America risks losing its election integrity and belief in its leaders to lead.
Half the country doesn’t trust the election system after 2020. The right choice is to ensure voter integrity and election fairness. The Democrats may be on the wrong side of history on this one.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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