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If we learned anything from the 2020 elections, it is that too many states have sloppy procedures that might allow fraud.  The states must reform those procedures before the congressional elections of 2022 and the presidential election in 2024.

The first priority should be to stop the indiscriminate mailing out of ballots.  A ballot should only be sent if it is requested by a registered voter, and the system should require that the voter provide reasonable identification.  Virginia voters must give their Social Security number, driver’s license number, and sign the application in the presence of a witness.  That makes fraud much more difficult.  All states should have a similar procedure.

Second, ballots should be counted only if they arrive by election day.  It may be necessary to allow a few exceptions, such as for the military, but ballots that arrive days or even weeks later should not be included in the count.

Third, the states must take care to verify that each person registering to vote is an American citizen.  It is not enough to go by the honor system.  The rules for registration must be effectively enforced.

Fourth, those who die or move must be removed from the voting rolls before each election.  Leaving such people on the voter registration lists is an invitation to fraud.
Fifth, the vote counting should continue without a break until it is completed.  If this means bringing in shifts of workers, do it.  Results must be known as soon as possible, with adequate time to challenge anything that may be questionable.

Sixth, states must use voting systems with paper ballots that can be counted by hand to verify the machine scanning count.  This was essential to proving that the Georgia count was valid, yet a few states still lack this fundamental safeguard.

Seventh, the states must devise procedures that allow observers for each party to clearly see what is being done in the vote count.  This might involve a combination of on-site observers for a general view of what is happening, plus cameras to provide a close-up of the handling of each ballot (and this should be recorded in case of dispute).

Eighth, the states must be sure that they have adequate methods for matching signatures on ballots received by mail.  Are machines really able to do the job or should we leave it to humans guided by clearly spelled-out standards?

However, all of this is necessary reform is threatened by the so-called For the People Act, H.R. 1, which would nationalize our elections.  This bill would prohibit voter ID, require ballots to be mailed even to those who have not requested them, require internet voter registration and registration on election day, automatically register people on government databases, make it more difficult to challenge voters, and make it more difficult to remove voters who have died or moved.

H.R. 1 is a wish list for Nancy Pelosi and her radical Democrats who want to rig our future elections, opening the door to massive fraud.  It must be defeated!


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