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Have Republicans done anything in the last 2 years to improve election integrity?

At the time of writing, I’ve already voted a straight Republican ticket in my state. My state senator is not up for re-election this year, but my state representative is, and so is my federal representative. I was concerned that maybe after the 2020 elections, it might not be worth it to vote. But a recent article from The Federalist notes that Republicans have been busy making sure my vote will count.

Here’s what happened in the 2020 elections:

The 2020 election was a massive wake-up call for many Americans on the right. In the months leading up to it, Democrats forced through changes to hundreds of laws and processes governing how elections are conducted.

The rule-change scheme was run by Marc Elias, a Democrat election attorney who also ran his party’s Russia collusion hoax, which falsely claimed Donald Trump stole the 2016 election by colluding with Russia. Sometimes Democrats’ 2020 changes were instituted legally. Frequently, though, they were effected by other means, such as getting a friendly state or local official to change the rules unilaterally.

The 2020 election plan… sought to flood the zone with tens of millions of unsupervised mail-in ballots, historically understood to be riper for fraud and other election irregularities than supervised, in-person voting. The plan also involved the private takeover of government election offices to run Democrat-focused get-out-the-vote operations. Mark Zuckerberg, one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful men, financed the project, doling out $419 million to two left-wing groups that focused grants and assistance to government offices in the Democrat areas of swing states.

This radical change… included the widespread practice of placing ballot drop boxes predominantly in Democrat areas of the country, mailing out unsolicited mail-in ballots or applications for mail-in ballots, using well-funded teams of ballot harvesters both inside and outside of government, lowering and changing the standards for mail-in ballot acceptance, and fixing or “curing” ballots that were improperly filled out.

[…]Big Tech and the media ran coordinated disinformation campaigns to benefit Democrats by suppressing news that hurt the party. Big Tech also deplatformed effective conservative voices and media outlets, suppressed fundraising emails from Republicans, and elevated certain information to help Democrats.

This was the challenge facing Republicans in 2020. And here’s what they did in the last 2 years after the 2020 elections:

The Republican National Committee, other party entities, and dozens of public interest election nonprofit groups built over the last two years a multimillion-dollar election integrity infrastructure that passed laws improving voter ID and other election security measures, defended those laws from legal attacks by Democrats, and sued states and localities that failed to follow the law. They also recruited, educated, trained, and placed tens of thousands of new election observers and other workers throughout the long midterm voting season.

[…][B]ans on so-called Zuckbucks, the private takeover of government election offices, were passed and signed into law in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Pennsylvania is still a problem, because the Democrat governor vetoed legislation passed by Republicans to improve election integrity. Georgia was a problem last election, but look – they’ve improved:

Georgia passed much-needed reforms related to voter ID, mail-in voting, and drop boxes, in addition to the Zuckbucks ban. The result has been record-breaking early, in-person voter turnout, across demographics, surpassing 2 million voters this week.

Meanwhile, the Foundation for Government Accountability worked with states to make policy changes to clean voter rolls, ban ballot trafficking, secure ballot custody, roll back Covid waivers, enact penalties for election lawbreakers, require chains of custody, secure drop boxes, pre-process absentee ballots, improve absentee voter ID, and dozens of other types of reforms.

Florida has been working steadily to improve its election system since the disastrous 2000 election. Last year, that meant banning Zuckbucks. This year, those changes included “requiring voter rolls to be annually reviewed and updated, strengthening ID requirements, establishing the Office of Election Crimes and Security to investigate election law violations, and increasing penalties for violations of election laws.”

Incidentally, the Center for Renewing America filed a complaint with the IRS over the tax break that Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan received for their 2020 election meddling.

It’s probably a good idea for conservatives to just get off Facebook. Definitely do not pay Zuck for advertisements.

The Republicans passed legislation, but they also took the Democrats to court:

The RNC got involved in 73 election integrity cases in 20 states for the midterms, with plans to expand. They won a lawsuit against Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for restricting the rights of poll challengers; got Maricopa County, Arizona, to share key data about its partisan breakdown of poll workers; won an open records lawsuit against Mercer County, New Jersey, for refusing to share election administration data; won a lawsuit against the North Carolina State Board of Elections for restricting the rights of poll watchers; and reached a favorable settlement against Clark County, Nevada, in which the county agreed to share information about its partisan breakdown of poll workers on a rolling basis.

The Republicans also trained thousands of election day poll watchers:

The RNC hired 17 in-state election integrity directors and 37 state-based election integrity counsels in key states. They conducted more than 5,000 election integrity trainings, recruited more than 70,000 poll watchers and workers, and worked with more than 110,000 unique volunteers nationwide. They set up an issue reporting system and distributed copies of Poll Watcher Principles for states. If voters encounter election issues, they can file a report, and attorneys will be dispatched to resolve the issues. Sites were set up in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Congressional Republicans also got in on the action. Rep. Rodney Davis, the top Republican on the House Administration Committee, notified all 50 states that he would be deploying dozens of specially trained election observers to protect the integrity of the ballot box.

[…]The Election Integrity Network, which started with a podcast on election integrity issues hosted by longtime election lawyer Cleta Mitchell, grew into state summits, which then built out into coalitions in states, attracting people to weekly meetings. The network has trained 76,000 poll workers.

So, there’s every reason to think that your vote will count on Tuesday. I voted. You should go vote, too. We need to get gas prices lowered, rein in inflation, and make sure that the pandemic fascists are investigated. Plenty of reasons to vote Republican.

By the way, if you’re looking for a good book on what happened in the 2020 elections, Mollie Hemingway’s “Rigged” is a great choice.

10 thoughts on “Have Republicans done anything in the last 2 years to improve election integrity?”

  1. I’m pretty happy with Eric Schmitt here in MO. He’s fought to protect our rights throughout the entire pandemic and I’m part of his lawsuit against the Biden Admin for colluding with big tech to censor information that displays his lack of leadership.

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  2. Of course not, which is why your question is probably rhetorical.
    The question is, why can’t I get the believers in my domain to see the need to fight?
    How is it Christian to think that a lack of effort (for freedom, decency, election integrity, etc) can result in good fruit and a binding of evil? I think conservative believers think it’s up to God, and that we are only responsible for being winsome and attending church and small group and that the good fruits of a godly society will happen by God’s power through the believer’s faith. If so, I can see the allure of that thinking, but hasn’t history showed us that the gains that are made, are done through faith and sacrifice and meekness, not winsomeness and non-offensiveness.

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  3. My county now has a full complement of precinct chairmen for the GOP. We were at 50% in 2020. These folks are the first challengers for bad ballots, and they are doing something beautiful for God. Just being there discourages misbehavior.

    Hard to recruit people. It is boring, you have to get up early, and we could not convince anyone that it was important before the 2020 election. Democrats did a lot of tricks that could only be done one time. We have tightened up a lot of things across the county, and across our state.

    I am getting up at 4:30 am to get things ready for our precinct chairmen. Signs, voter materials, last training on how to behave.

    We got a note that DOJ observers were being sent to our county, likely because we have the number one most competitive house race in the state. Our folks are trained well, so I don’t expect any violations, but the issue is whether they have a pretext to extend voting times. Artificially extended voting times are limited in the numbers of votes, so I pray we will be outside that small number.

    We gather at first light.

    Théoden: Let this be the hour when we draw swords together. Fell deeds awake. Now for wrath, now for ruin, and the red dawn. Forth, Eorlingas!

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    1. You are a hero. A lot better than these lay people who want to throw up their arms and say “both parties are the same” and “the system is corrupt”. These people think that they are saying something about the world, but really they are just using words to avoid having to do anything. Love your alias, too.

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      1. When someone claims both parties are the same, I ask them how long they’ve been Democrat. NONE of my family that I know of are Democrats today. My family consists of over 20,000 Susquehannocks in one PA county alone.

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  4. Over time I think Conservatives there should push more to normalize in person early votes as a way of doing it.

    Where I live in Canada that is available as an option about a week before you go to a certain location with ID and voted card and get it done with no lines it is great.

    And mail in voting is done logically. I guess Canadian minorities are more capable because we have to do a proof of ID to request a mail in ballot sent to us and then it has to be back close to the date. And they know an exact number of them not counted on election night. So you can see a traditional riding that votes 60 percent for this party still has 9000 uncoubted mail in ballots so you can do probable math from where it was. And only came down to a few small areas that didn’t move the results at all in any meaningful way

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      1. My wife has worked them before at a poll so a paid job. And no one leaves at that poll till it is all counted and verified.

        And out ballots are simple. It has a number to verify in the corner and all I write in a provincial or federal election is an x inside the box by the appropriate name.

        They don’t get a ballot of confusing by having you write anything on it and for the big votes it is just that on the ballot. Any smaller elections happen at a different time. It can cost more but I think even in the US if it cost an extra few billion to make an election more secure people would be ok with that

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  5. I don’t hold a lot of hope for PA, but here in Arizona, liberals have fought tooth and nail to regain some power. They started to lose it when Babbitt (D) ran roughshod over American Indians even trespassing on the lands with are legally under federal control. We do not need a California East.

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