The Democratic Party and its advocates in the media are very concerned about the pursuit of election integrity. That’s because these efforts achieve their goal well: preventing voter fraud and ballot-gathering initiatives increases the likelihood of Republican victories.
With Republicans sweeping the state of Florida last week and even turning the traditional liberal stronghold of Miami-Dade County red, it’s worth reviewing some of the key elements of the 47-page election integrity law that Gov. Ron Desantis signed into law last May. . One bright spot in mid-2022 is Florida and model for winning Republican elections going forward: ensuring free and fair elections in which the American people can have confidence. The left knows this and will fight such initiatives with all the means at its disposal.
Florida Senate Bill 90 was passed with the intention of guaranteeing the integrity of elections throughout the state. The bill strengthened voter identification laws, including requiring additional identification whenever voters change their information or request a mail-in ballot. It also banned the practice of sending ballots to entire electoral rolls, regardless of whether the ballots were requested. Precincts can now send ballots directly to individuals who specifically request it — with proof that they are who they say they are.
Contrast that with Arizona Senate Bill 1485, another Republican-sponsored election integrity effort. That law merely erased “infrequent” voters from the state’s permanent early voting list, meaning that vast numbers of ballots are still automatically mailed to voters. Democrats like then-Secretary of State and now-Governor-elect Katie Hobbs call this refusal to send out mass ballots without closely monitoring voter rolls “restrictive.”
This should put into perspective the importance of the Florida election law example. Florida prohibits ballot collection, another ridiculous practice. It also prohibits individuals from tampering with more than two ballots from people outside of their immediate family, except for controlled voting in assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
Nothing resembles an election in the United States more like that of a third world country than masked individuals appearing at the polls in the middle of the night and inserting dozens of ballots at a time. That’s another crucial feature of the Florida law: the ban on 24/7 drop boxes. In the case of early voting, drop boxes are only available during standard in-person early voting hours. On Election Day, the only drop boxes available are located in the supervisors’ offices — in other words, they must be attended in person by an election official during standard voting hours.
Florida law requires that all early voting ballots be counted by 7:00 p.m. the day before Election Day, and those results must be released no later than 30 minutes after the polls close. It also requires ballots to be delivered by 7:00 PM on Election Day. Together, these elements helped to ensure that all ballots were received within the specified time frame and that election results were known by the end of the election day without last-minute storage of ballots.
The Center for Public Integrity, a left-wing investigative journalism organization, criticized Florida’s attempt to limit “voter access.” According to their reports, nearly 190,000 Florida voters would now live to the full half a mile further away from the mailbox than it was in 2020. Both Arizona and Pennsylvania proposed bills this past legislative season to ban mailboxes entirely. However, unlike in Florida, both bills were ultimately not signed into law.
Florida election law also allows for transparency in the verification and counting processes. Each political party and candidate has guaranteed access to watch reviews matching the signatures of the action board and allows them to appoint observers on their behalf.
Unsurprisingly, the left’s response to these sensible measures has been accusations of racism, bigotry and even transphobia. Attempts to restore some semblance of confidence in American elections have been compared to voter suppression efforts in the Jim Crow era. CNN had an idea about DeSantis’ “Voting Restriction Act.” CBS limited its headline to calling the bill “controversial,” but made sure to end the article with statements from Charlie Crist, the Florida League of Women Voters and the Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. NBC reported that Arizona’s attempt to purge voter rolls was inspired by Trump’s “stolen election lie.” Mail-in voting, NBC claimed, “was promoted by Democrats as a safe way to vote in a pandemic, while Trump falsely claimed it was full of fraud.” There are endless examples of this type of biased, DNC-sanctioned drivel.
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The entire American electoral system underwent a fundamental revolution in 2020. The result of this radical restructuring was a unilateral shift in favor of the Democratic Party. A mentally disabled stroke victim has been elected to the Senate, winning in Pennsylvania’s most populous metropolitan area with a margin reminiscent of Mugabe’s presidential election in Zimbabwe.
The machinery of the Democratic Party has enabled a system of notices that allows them to effectively collect the maximum number of votes from people who would otherwise not vote. The reality is that Fetterman very well could have gotten more than 93 percent of the vote in Philadelphia. He may have won the state of Pennsylvania by more percentage than Biden. However, it is impossible to separate these results from the revolutionary changes that have been made in the electoral process starting in 2020.
In most major cities in the US, you cannot walk on the streets after 10pm. The sidewalks are covered in used needles and the feces of the homeless, a tank of gas costs half a day, and milk costs $6 a gallon. The president is a senile octogenarian. Somehow, the Republicans still managed to have one of the worst midterm performances as the party out of power. Following Florida’s example of holding free and fair elections is the only attempt we have left to save the constitutional system envisioned by the Founders.