In my last article, I spoke at length about our voting process in Colorado and presented concerns about an attempt to do mail-in ballots nationwide without having the proper procedures and staff in place.
Colorado has long been praised and held as an example of how this can work with the proper preparations. Now it seems our current Secretary of State is attempting to undo some of those safeguards.
A state regulation, 8 CCR 1505-1, contains all the election rules to govern how county clerks and their election administrators run elections. Rule 2 in this regulation dictates the processing of voter registration applications.
One of the questions on a voter registration is, “Are you a citizen of the United States?” This is a simple yes or no check box. When the voter signs the bottom of the registration, they are certifying all the information on the form is correct. As of last August, this rule now has the following directive to county clerks:
“2.4.1 If an applicant fails to check the box answering the question, ‘Are you a citizen of the United States?’ the county clerk must accept and process the application as complete so long as it is otherwise complete and the affirmation at the bottom of the form is signed.”
This means an applicant can refuse to check yes or no on the citizenship question but still sign the affirmation at the bottom. The county clerk must now accept that application and process the form as if the applicant was identified as a citizen.
Any other information left off the form, such as a missing birth date or illegible address, requires the clerk’s office to contact the applicant and gather the information. Why would we not include a basic citizenship question in that same category?
Hopefully, if an application is accepted under this rule, the accuracy of the citizenship status is determined through some other processing of the voter ID.
On a national level, the Democrats are trying to force changes that would relax standards which have been in place for many years and are common in other situations such as financial transactions.
Candidate Barack Obama, in 2008, stated in a televised interview that mail-in voting would require extensive checks and balances to prevent fraud. Representative Wasserman-Schultz, another well-known name in the Democratic Party, has stated similar concerns, as has former Attorney General Eric Holder.
Despite these previous concerns, the Texas Democratic Party filed a lawsuit over the requirement that voter registration applications must have an original signature. I wonder how they expect the election judges to determine if a received ballot envelope is legitimate.
Democrats in many states are also pushing to legalize ballot harvesting. This is a term for allowing volunteer canvassers to collect ballots from many voters at locations such as elder-care centers, homeless shelters, and other such places.
The problem with this is that there is no control over that envelope once a voter hands it to the volunteer. The envelope can be opened and the ballot looked at to determine how votes were cast. Then a different ballot can be inserted in the envelope, or the envelope simply discarded if the vote was not to the liking of the volunteer organization. The resealed envelope is then delivered in a large batch to the county clerk.
They also tried to get ballot receipt deadlines extended past the official election day in Wisconsin for that state’s primary this year. Why would a pandemic require an extension of time to vote? Deadlines are publicized well in advance.
If a voter wishes to do an absentee ballot, as mail-in ballots are called in many states, they are given plenty of time to request this and get the ballot returned.
These changes to voting procedures which are not validated by an in-person voter identification are being encouraged by the same party that couldn’t even run an orderly caucus system in Iowa this year.
Joe Biden stated in a televised interview that this pandemic gives us the chance to fundamentally change our voting procedures in the U.S. I’m not against change when change makes sense, but let’s not use a temporary crisis to undo proven methods of conducting legitimate elections.
Nothing about the pandemic requires states to change signature verification, voting timelines, or ballot collection methods.
Let’s keep our elections open and fair, but also creditable. And let’s not be tricked into a national voting system that ignores states rights as dictated in the U.S. Constitution. Let our local and state officials determine the best processes for us, as they can be held accountable by their constituency.