Monday, the GOP-led Georgia state House passed a massive election reform bill to restore trust in the state’s elections after the 2020 election rules changes. For instance, it would bar sending out unsolicited absentee ballot applications, apply strict rules over and require constant surveillance of ballot drop boxes, and replace the controversial signature matching process with a requirement that anyone requesting an absentee ballot provide a driver’s license number or photocopy of a state-issued ID.
It passed on party lines, with Democrats opposing it (note: if you don’t want people to believe you cheat at elections, stop fighting like rabid badgers against every effort to prevent election cheating.) They claim it will disenfranchise minorities, based on what has always struck me as an appallingly racist assertion that minorities are somehow incapable of obtaining a free state-issued ID. One Democrat representative accused the Republicans of “trying to change the rules of the election” because they lost. Ironic, considering Republicans think they lost only because the Democrats changed the rules of the election without bothering to go through the legislature, as required by law.
Meanwhile, all state attempts to ensure vote integrity could be wiped out if Congress passes H.R. 1, the outrageously misnamed “For The People Act.” This would upend the Constitution by imposing federal voting rules on states that would essentially legalize vote fraud and cement Democrats into power forever. It’s a rancid bill that Nancy Pelosi has been pushing for over a year and now that Democrats hold the entire Congress and White House, she thought she had the power to force it down our throats. Among its provisions were banning all Voter ID laws and requiring states to allow people to register to vote on Election Day (who could possibly see any potential for illegal abuse of that?)
Fortunately, Politico is reporting that this is one of four highly-partisan bills that Pelosi might strong-arm through the House but that are expected to die in the Senate. The fact that something as noxious as HR1 could even pass the House is reason enough for all states to tighten voter integrity laws and for Republicans to turn out in record numbers in 2022 and make sure we pry that Speaker’s gavel out of Nancy Pelosi’s hand.