The elections may be over, but some Republican politicians continue to question the integrity of mail-in voting. It has been a major debate topic since the presidential election.
Former President Donald Trump and his allies often alleged widespread mistakes and errors, and some believe the laws surrounding mail-in voting need to be changed.
That’s why GOP members in 3 states are looking to make a strong move.
These Republicans say that after a massive surge in absentee ballots during the presidential election and the House and Senate races, mail-in voting rules should be revisited.
Now, as legislative sessions kick off in statehouses around the country, the GOP is hoping to clamp down on a few of the more controversial laws.
And if they’re successful, we may see similar moves made in other states as well.
GOP state lawmakers in three battleground states where President Joe Biden narrowly defeated former President Donald Trump in November are looking to tighten their states’ vote-by-mail rules.
It’s starting in Georgia, where Republican Sen. Jason Anavitarte introduced a new bill (SB 29), which would require citizens to provide a valid form of ID when requesting AND dropping off a ballot.
Don’t forget that Georgia was one of the most hotly contested states in the nation for Trump and Biden. Biden won by a mere 12,000 votes after 5 million ballots were cast.
Then there’s Arizona, another state where Conservatives had lots of questions and concerns after the results came in.
There, Sen. Kelly Townsend (R-Mesa) is pushing bill SB 1503, which would require voters to return the ballots they got in the mail in person.
On top of that, Arizona House Rep. John Fillmore (R-Apache Junction) wants to limit vote-by-mail to only one group: people who can’t physically reach a polling location.
And in Pennsylvania, GOP Sen. Doug Mastriano just introduced legislation to erase the “no-excuse” absentee voting law, which was passed in 2019.
Pennsylvania is a huge battleground state and one that many Trump allies claimed the former President won — he had a big lead before the absentee ballots were counted.
But in the end, that lead evaporated and Biden won the state by over 80,000 votes (7 million total were cast).
This is likely just the beginning. Republicans all around the country will probably contest existing mail-in voting laws, especially in states where the presidential race was tight.
Millions of Americans will undoubtedly support these moves, too. Election integrity remains a very real concern for all voters, and the republic as a whole.
- Republican lawmakers in 3 battleground states want to change the mail-in voting laws.
- GOP members in Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania have introduced legislation to clamp down on absentee balloting procedures.
- This includes requiring ID when requesting and delivering a ballot, and limiting vote-by-mail only to people who can’t get to the polling locations.