Posted BY: Joe Fried
There may have been cheating in the 2022 midterm election, in the view of 57 percent of people recently surveyed by Rasmussen.
In that same survey of 1,000 likely voters, 30 percent indicated that cheating was likely. That’s where I fit in: the 30 percent group.
To restore faith in our elections, we need to take some simple but controversial steps:
A national standard
Many people, especially Republicans, oppose the idea of a national standard because they see this it a “states’ rights” issue. On the other hand, most Democrats are eager to have a national standard— but their idea of a standard is more like a plan for the election of organized crime.
How long would it take for the United States to become a fascist nation if we were to adopt some of the ideas that were recently offered in the “For the People Act,” the “John Lewis Voting Rights Act,” and/or the “Freedom to Vote Act”? Democrats have proposed…
- complete legalization of ballot harvesting so that a ballot could be submitted, on your behalf, by paid operatives.
- automatic voter registration for all adults (with no verification of citizenship).
- universal ability to vote by mail, for any reason.
- no voter ID requirement in states that choose not to have one. States that already have an ID requirement would be forced to weaken it by accepting a broad array of documents, including copies of utility bills or sworn statements (in lieu of ID).
- voting by convicted felons, unless they happen to be in prison on the day of the election.
- a ban on post-election independent audits, such as the Arizona Senate audit of Maricopa County’s 2020 election. Only “official” audits would be allowed.
The proposals (above) are truly scary, and this may be the reason for GOP opposition to any national standard. However, a country-wide standard is essential. We can no longer allow some states to cheat by allowing non-citizens to votes, or by allowing political operatives to cast votes on behalf of unsuspecting residents. That is why we need a national baseline of a few essential voting requirements, such as these: