A gunfight for election integrity is raging in a few state legislatures, with the political future of our entire nation hanging in the balance. Whoever controls election procedures will control the outcome. Even worse, once a politician can be assured victory, he no longer has to be held accountable to his constituents. He can pass whatever laws he likes without fear of repercussion.
According to the AP VoteCast survey of more than 110,000 voters across the nation, 67 percent of ballots submitted by mail were marked for Joe Biden, while 65 percent of citizens who voted in person on Election Day voted for Donald Trump. Obviously, the issue of vote counting is important, particularly where it concerns mail-in votes.
Earlier this year, the liberal media warned that hundreds of bills to improve election security had been introduced in 47 state legislatures. Yet as sessions are winding down in many states, very few bills of substance have been passed. Georgia at least requires a weak form of voter ID for mail-in voting, but many other states haven’t even been able to achieve that.
Georgia’s changes are a far cry from the essential reforms outlined by Trump in his speech on February 28th. Sadly, some Republican leaders mistakenly think that insignificant changes like those enacted in Georgia and Iowa will be enough to mollify Trump supporters who are outraged by voting shenanigans.
The classic line from useless political strategists is that we have to be willing to make small steps in the right direction before making big changes, but I reject these well-worn cliches of the political machine. If not now, when will the time be right to secure our elections? Should we wait until the system is corrupted beyond hope? Should we wait until entrenched politicians have no fear of a fair fight?
Now is the moment for conservatives to make clear that they will not be satisfied with anything less than totally secure elections. We don’t want elections that are slightly more secure than 2020. We don’t want a step in the right direction. We want real election integrity. Now is the time to take bold action to secure America’s cherished electoral process.