With election security in the focus, election administrators need tools to give voters trust at every level of the electoral process. The latest information discussing how to safeguard elections comes from an article published by Washington Monthly written by Bill Scher. Here is an excerpt:
June began with a chilling statement from more than 100 “scholars of democracy” warning “our entire democracy is now at risk” because “Republican-led state legislatures” are “transforming several states into political systems that no longer meet the minimum conditions for free and fair elections.” On top of concerns about voter suppression, the scholars warned about outright election subversion: “laws politicizing the administration and certification of elections could enable some state legislatures or partisan election officials to do what they failed to do in 2020: reverse the outcome of a free and fair election.”
We know how Democrats want to combat voter suppression: with the expanded voter rights and access provisions in the For the People Act. But that legislation was drafted before Georgia’s Republican-controlled government revamped its election laws. As Nate Cohn of The New York Times explained, Georgia’s new law allows “the state elections board, now newly controlled by appointees of the Republican State Legislature, to appoint a single person to take control of typically bipartisan county election boards, which have important power over vote counting and voter eligibility.”
We don’t know how Democrats want to prevent election subversion. In fact, Cohn responded to a Twitter query of mine along these lines by remarking, there is “no legislation, there’s not even a white paper, a journal article, a think tank policy brief, or anything else.” Perhaps Democrats aren’t putting much energy into broadening the For the People Act when they can’t get anywhere in the Senate with the bill as written.