Many conservatives have expressed growing concern about the potential for voter fraud along with other forms of election malfeasance.
As the Washington Examiner reported this week, that’s led Republican lawmakers to move forward with a bill aimed at improving confidence in the voting system.
Law would make citizenship verification easier
Know as the “American Confidence in Elections Act” (ACE), the legislation is being introduced by Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis. He laid out some of its provisions in an op-ed published this week by The Hill.
Davis explained that his plan “makes it easier for states to issue photo voter IDs that confirm citizenship by reforming the existing REAL ID Act.”
“The bill will also reform the voter list maintenance process to clarify states’ authority to ensure all eligible, registered voters are included on the rolls—and no one else,” he added.
Davis pledged that the legislation will “improve the U.S. Postal Service’s handling of election mail” and also “establish a federal forum for states to consider ways to improve signature verification, observer access, and delivery of ballots by mail.”
The congressmen went on to insist that another “pillar of the bill is focused on protecting free speech” and protecting the integrity of elections by prohibiting so-called “Zuckerbucks.”
Critics say Democratic voting bill promotes fraud
Davis acknowledged that his legislation partly comes as a response to the Democrat’s “For the People Act,” a rival bill that has been blocked in the Senate.
Critics complain the bill would unconstitutionally strip states of their power to regulate elections while simultaneously making fraud easier to get away with.
Conservative columnist Deroy Murdock made that argument in an article published by Fox News last year, declaring, “The Democratic Party is the party of vote fraud.”
“Among many things, H.R. 1 would shift control of elections from cities, counties and states to Washington, D.C.,” Murdock pointed out.
“It would make mass mail-in ballots permanent, prohibit voter ID, launch automatic voter registration (whether people want to vote or not), allow same-day registration and voting (allowing zero time to vet potential voters for eligibility), enshrine ballot harvesting, and funnel all appeals into one court — the traditionally Democrat-controlled D.C. Circuit Court,” he went on to say.