The Day – Republicans Should Support Manchin Vote Reform Compromise

If the 2020 election proved anything, it’s that our system worked.

The Department of Homeland Security called the 2020 election “the safest in American history” and yet the former president and his allies slander the state’s election officials for the sole reason that they are disappointed to have lost. Worse yet, some Republicans are using wacky plots to pass new laws to restrict voting options that worked wonderfully in the 2020 election and led to record turnout for both parties!

Here in America, anyone who meets the appropriate legal requirements has the right to vote. And, when they do, their votes should be counted. It’s basic. And, now is the time to solidify those promises with the free vote law.

The bill was largely influenced by Democratic Senator Joe Manchin as a compromise with Democrats‘ first attempt at voting rights reform, which was widely dismissed as a massive federal overshoot. And, he has a number of reforms Republicans should love and make our electoral systems even stronger and inject much needed confidence into the process.

This bill would accomplish a number of things to align all states to provide a set of fundamental guarantees to voters. It establishes things like secure automatic online voter registration practices, early voting options, strict voter maintenance list standards to keep voters lists clean, and protections for military ballots. There are voter identification standards for in-person voting. In the past, Democrats have resisted these conversations, but now they see the value in how consistent practices create trust in our systems, something sorely lacking nationally today.

The bill would also require a base of standards for postal voting. Many states have expanded the ability to vote by mail during the pandemic, and those systems have worked wonderfully. There is simply no reason to restrict these options now, given their track record of success. Postal voting is a necessary option for people who find it difficult to physically show up to vote – whether they work, live in a remote rural area, are in university, disabled, elderly or otherwise unable to travel and replace line to vote – declaring that all registered voters can request postal ballots.

Although some states choose to conduct their elections entirely by mail, this system should never be imposed on states by the federal government. This bill puts the power to decide how to vote in the hands of the voter, not the government.

The bill also calls for states to use voting systems that use paper ballots that can be verified by voters, so in the event that an audit is required, there is no doubt as to its accuracy. . To help, grants will be available for states to create ballot tracking systems and purchase quality modern voting materials. Without verified paper ballots and tracking, there is not even a reliable way to verify elections, if necessary.

Voters in one state should be able to be confident that their fellow voters in another state have a similar set of standards for their elections. Given the high stakes of our national elections, it is high time to implement these basic guarantees for the voters participating in these elections.

Amanda Carpenter is director of Republicans for Voting Rights and former director of communications for Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. She wrote this for

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