On Friday, the North Carolina Supreme Court struck down the state's voter ID law with a partisan ruling during a lame duck session. The Carolina Journal explained:
Two weeks before they’re set to lose their majority, N.C. Supreme Court Democrats issued rulings Friday striking down the state’s photo voter identification law and the election map used for state Senate races.Read more
Ballot initiatives often play an important role in passing election integrity measures, and this year was no different. Ohioans approved a measure banning noncitizen voting, while Nebraskans voted in favor of a voter ID requirement.
The Ohio ban on noncitizen voting was overwhelmingly approved and will be enshrined in the state constitution:
The Buckeye State’s voters overwhelmingly chose to ban noncitizens from voting in state and local elections in Issue 2, an election integrity initiative on this year’s ballot , with more than 77% approval as of early Wednesday and just 8% of precincts left to report.Read more
In 22 years as RNLA Executive Director, I have never seen a poll measuring support for Voter ID with less than 75 percent in favor of the policy. Historically, polls show approximately eight out of 10 Americans support requiring identification to vote. Such a poll was released again today by Gallup, America's oldest polling firm:
Requiring all voters to provide photo identification at their voting place in order to vote Favor 79 % , Oppose 21%Read more
Today, members of the House Republican Caucus rolled out their Commitment to America, a series of significant reforms that will serve as the Republicans' first priorities once they regain the majority in January 2023.
Alongside other broad-ranging topics, Leader Kevin McCarthy re-emphasized the Republican Caucus’ promise to “end special treatment for members of Congress by repealing proxy voting, and increase accountability in the election process through voter ID, accurate voter rolls, and observer access.”Read more
Last week, the North Carolina Supreme Court blatantly ignored the will of voters to hand down an unprecedented decision that opens the door for two state constitutional amendments to potentially be struck down. The court did this by arguing that because many of the legislators that referred the amendments to the ballot were elected from maps that were adjudicated gerrymandered, the amendments were likely invalid. Never mind the fact that a majority of North Carolina voters statewide voted to approve the amendments. RedState reported:
In what can only be described as a full-scale judicial coup, the Democrat-controlled body has ruled that the North Carolina General Assembly is illegitimate and can not enact amendments to the state’s constitution. Their reasoning? That the state’s legislature is “gerrymandered.”Read more
Last week, a complaint was filed with the Michigan Secretary of State's office alleging that a group opposing a Republican-supported petition campaign promoting election integrity violated campaign finance laws by carrying out a scheme to prevent the required number of petitions to enact the reforms:
Opponents of an effort to expand Michigan's voter identification requirements orchestrated a "scheme to pay off" petition circulators in violation of campaign finance laws, a complaint obtained by The Detroit News alleged.Read more
Polling done by the Honest Elections Project provided to Washington Secrets columnist Paul Bedard proves that support for requiring photo ID to vote remains strong across demographics, even increasing over the last year:
“Photo ID laws are a case in point: Support for photo ID laws is seven points higher than a year ago. Left-wing special interests and politicians like President Biden carried out an intense, often misleading, campaign meant to stir opposition to policies like strong voter ID. Their efforts have had the opposite effect. More people than ever — including most black and Hispanic voters — back photo ID laws,” said the polling analysis provided to Secrets.Read more
Despite popular support for commonsense voter integrity measures, the Left has doubled down on their plan for a federal takeover of elections.
We’re 1 year from the midterms and just months away from many primaries, yet Democrats are still trying to upend our election system by pushing for a federal takeover. This is not only unconstitutional, but it would create chaos for voters and undermine the process. pic.twitter.com/9Mv9erZJMb— House Admin. Committee GOP (@HouseAdmnGOP) November 2, 2021
Another election reform bill is headed to the desk of a Republican governor. On Tuesday, the Texas Legislature approved SB 1 after Democrats attempted to block the legislation by fleeing the state in July. The New York Post reported:
The Texas Senate voted 18-13 along party lines to pass the measure after the House voted 80-41 to approve it.Read more