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Last night, Sean Hannity talked about a number of things that need changing before the 2022 midterm elections. I’ve been talking about changing election laws for months so I’d better throw in my 2 cents worth. One thing that’s important to change is the last date that early voting/mail-in/absentee ballots can be submitted. I’d love a change to end early voting but that isn’t likely with Democrats controlling enough governorships or state legislative bodies to prevent that outcome.

If the words ‘early voting’ mean anything, then the last day of early voting shouldn’t be the day before Election Day. The only reason to have it that late is to create a chaotic system. If you want an orderly system, you have to end early voting 7-10 days before Election Day. Further, you allow the counting and inspection of early voting/absentee/mail-in ballots a week before Election Day.

To ensure accountability with mail-in, early and absentee ballots, ballots and envelopes should have a barcode printed on it. Day of Election, aka DOE, ballots shouldn’t have a barcode on them. That way, we could separate DOE ballots from mail-in, early and absentee ballots.

As usual, Kim Strassel’s article highlights the problems she found:

Yet the beauty of ballot harvesting is that it is nearly impossible to prove fraud. How many harvesters offered to deliver votes, only to throw away inconvenient ones? How many voters were pushed or cajoled, or even paid—or had a ballot filled and returned for them without their knowledge? And this is before questions of what other mischief went on amid millions of mailed ballots (which went to wrong addresses or deceased people) and reduced voter verification rules. As the Heritage Foundation’s election expert Hans von Spakovsky has explained, mail-in voting is the “single worst form of election possible” because “it moves the entire election beyond the oversight of election officials.”

Election integrity legislation should be the first priority of every GOP legislator or governor in 2021. Legislators and governors should insist that accountability be their state’s highest priority. If possible, wipe away the agreements that courts reached with Democrat politicians:

Using the virus as an excuse, Democratic and liberal groups brought scores of lawsuits to force states to adopt its provisions. Many Democratic politicians and courts happily agreed. States mailed out ballots to everyone. Judges disregarded statutory deadlines for receipt of votes. They scrapped absentee-ballot witness requirements. States set up curbside voting and drop-off boxes. They signed off on ballot harvesting.

Challenging these courts’ rulings is the essential first step. Get federal courts involved as often as possible. That’s why President Trump nominated all those conservative judges and Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley and Mitch McConnell got them confirmed. Put them to work.

These are just the first few suggestions. They aren’t the only things that need fixing to implement election security. This project requires vigilance, activism and educating/persuading people. Let’s get this system fixed.

If we’re going to have early voting, which seems inevitable, we need to implement major structural changes to guarantee election integrity. Here’s my list of features to this election system:

  1. Early voting can’t start before the first debate.
  2. To guarantee no confusion, all mail-in ballots must be post-marked before the final Friday before the election.
  3. Limit early voting to 3 weeks total.
  4. Eliminate ballot-harvesting.
  5. Eliminate unsolicited ballot mail-out.
  6. Highlight the risks of mail ballots.

Bullet point 1 is essential to informed voting. This weekend, we learned that Democrat Senate candidate Cal Cunningham “conducted a covert sexting relationship with the wife of an Army combat veteran.” How many of those voters wish that they could scrap their ballot and start over?

The next bullet point is essential, too. Society has a legitimate interest in election integrity. That’s actually part of Justice John Paul Stevens majority opinion in the Crawford v. Marion County opinion, which I quoted here:

While petitioners argue that the statute was actually motivated by partisan concerns and dispute both the significance of the State’s interests and the magnitude of any real threat to those interests, they do not question the legitimacy of the interests the State has identified. Each is unquestionably relevant to the State’s interest in protecting the integrity and reliability of the electoral process.

Next, eliminating ballot harvesting is essential to election integrity. BTW, I expect Democrats to object to eliminating ballot harvesting. That should indicate waht their intentions are. If Democrats oppose the elimination of ballot harvesting the next time they run for election. Tulsi Gabbards explains why eliminating ballot harvesting is essential:

This statement beautifully explains why eliminating ballot harvesting is essential.
Eliminating the unsolicited ballots mail-out will eliminate the mailing out of illegitimate ballots. I’m betting that the states have done a terrible job of keeping their states’ SVRS (Statewide Voter Registration System) updated. States that fight maintaining their SVRS should have their top election official arrested. Standing in the way of election integrity isn’t acceptable.

States should be required to explain the risks of mail-in ballots. Chief among them is the rejection rate due to forgetting to sign the ballot application, the application signature not matching voter registration signature or other defects.

If it’s safe to go grocery shopping, then it’s safe to vote in person. For those who have co-mobidities, they should have a fool-proof system that protects election integrity. Our citizens deserve nothing less. Finally, it isn’t essential to have early voting last from mid-September to Election Day. If voters can’t vote within a 3-week window, then it’s safe to say that voting isn’t a priority to them. If it isn’t a priority to them, it shouldn’t be a priority to society. Period. Full stop.