Take Action: Banks Introduces Election Integrity Bill; Citizen Action Needed
On Friday, Statesman Academy℠ alumnus and Indiana congressman Jim Banks introduced an important election reform bill called the Save Democracy Act. Would you take a moment to ask your member of Congress to support it?
Banks, who is now Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, put forward this bill to address structural issues in American elections that were a cause of great concern even before last fall’s elections. For all elections involving federal candidates, it would require safeguards in the areas of voter registration, casting of ballots, and vote tabulation.
These reforms are needed for two reasons. First, they provide safeguards to election integrity in areas where specific concerns and allegations have arisen. Second, they address a crisis of a lack of voter trust in our election process. In 2020, that broken trust was experienced primarily by Republican voters, but in some prior years, the concerns came mainly from Democrat voters. Restoring trust in elections is critical to our system of government and shouldn’t be a partisan issue.
Specifically, the Save Democracy Act would, in federal elections, institute reforms to make voter registration, voting, and vote tabulation less susceptible. Here are key highlights:
- Prohibits automatic voter registration
- Requires voter citizenship verification
- Prohibits states from sending out unrequested absentee ballots
- Prohibits ballot harvesting
- Requires voter ID for absentee and in-person voting
- Requires that absentee ballots be received by the close of election day
- Strengthens protections for observing both voting and vote tabulation
- Requires that ballot counting, once begun, continue until completed—no delays or pauses
Please ask your member of Congress to sponsor and vote for the Save Democracy Act. It’s quick and easy on our Action Center. And please share this email or the link with others so they can take action as well.
Thanks for upholding election integrity!