January 25th, 2021
Following Trump’s loss in 2020 election, state Republicans to push for changing election laws
Following former President Donald Trump’s defeat, Republicans legislators are planning several voting-related changes.
Georgia Republicans, in particular, are more determined to change their state’s election laws considering the state played a decisive role in the last year’s election.
Georgia Republicans are proposing several changes, including limits on who can vote by mail and limiting the use of drop boxes.
Additionally, the Republican state Senate caucus is in favor of ending no-excuse absentee voting in Georgia.Over one-third of Biden’s votes in Georgia were through the mail, compared to 18% for Trump.Georgia Republican state Senator Larry Walker believes that there is broad Republican support to require absentee voters to submit a copy of their ID when requesting or returning their ballot. This would replace Georgia's current signature verification system. Ending no-excuse absentee voting is more controversial and is opposed by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan.
Pennsylvania lawmakers are also reviewing nearly all aspects of voting laws.New voting legislation in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin from Republican state legislatures faces potential opposition from the Democrat governors of those states. In Pennsylvania, the main issue is the repeal of the state's controversial law permitting no-excuse vote by mail.
The chair of the Texas Republican Party has called for making “election integrity” the top legislative priority in 2021.Likewise, Dr. Kelli Ward, who recently won re-election as chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, identified election integrity as a top priority for Republicans. The Arizona GOP set up an election integrity fund and has demanded a full audit of what happened during the elections in Arizona and Maricopa County in particular.
VoteRiders, which is a nonprofit group helping prospective voters get an ID, expects a serious push for new voter ID laws in at least five states.
Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, said earlier this month that they are asking the state legislatures to implement measures about access for poll workers and pass "meaningful voter ID laws".
Other changes being discussed by state legislatures, include raising documentation requirement for absentee voting and stricter rules about maintaining voter rolls.Many Republicans feel their concerns over voter integrity are being steamrolled over. While those who argue that there was no fraud cite officials like former AG Bill Barr as having seen no evidence, Senators like Rand Paul point out that there has really been no serious investigation of the claims. Most of the court cases were thrown out on the basis that they lacked standing, not lack of evidence.According to Rasmussen, 47% of voters believe that it's likely Democrats stole votes or even destroyed ballots favoring Trump. That is a significant gap in trust over election integrity that legislators cannot ignore, and the dismissal of such claims by Big Tech and the Legacy Media only help substantiate Republican concerns.