ICYMI: Election Integrity Progress Report
UncoverDC’s Wendi Strauch Mahoney has corralled the major election integrity efforts by state legislatures into an impressive progress report:
• Eight states enacted laws in 2021 and 2022 that impose new or stricter voter ID laws: AR, AZ, FL, GA, IA, MT, TX, and WY.
• Thirteen states put legislation in place to restrict mail-in voting: AL, AR, AZ, FL, GA, IA, ID, KS, LA, MT, ND, OK, and TX. Iowa appears to be the only state to restrict early voting so far. Every Democrat opposed it.
• Five states have legislation under consideration that would ban or restrict drop boxes. SC’s H3444 and WI’s S939 have each passed both House and Senate. Drop box related bills have passed the first chamber in GA, AZ, and ID. None have yet been signed into law.
• Five states tightened voter registration laws and requirements: IA, MT, NH, TX, and UT. Arizona’s House and Senate recently passed a law requiring proof of citizenship when registering to vote. That bill is heading to Gov. Ducey’s desk for final approval.
• Eighteen states created or expanded legislation related to “election-related crimes”: AZ, AR, CA, FL, GA, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ND, NV, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, and WY. In addition, NJ prohibited certain electioneering activities, and HI increased the maximum fine for providing false information to $10K.
• Eleven states have either banned or severely restricted the acceptance and use of private funds for state and local elections: AZ, AK, FL, GA, ID, KS, MS, ND, OH, TN, and TX. Another 5 states have passed anti-Zuckerbucks legislation that is awaiting a Republican governor’s signature: AL, IN, OK, SD and VA.
• Ten states strengthened processes related to “ballot return, verification, and curing” that “restrict voter access”: AR, AZ, FL, GA, IA, KS, LA, MT, TX, and UT.
• Michigan and Pennsylvania have made the least progress - they “stand out as two states that have done very little legislatively to advance public trust in elections through legislation,” Wendi noted.
Meanwhile in Nebraska, some counties are exploring many of these avenues while at the same time Evnen is trying to protect his fiefdom, by lying to them stating it's against the law to use paper and hand count!