Last Updated: 11/30/2022
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The historical question of 'free and fair' elections is a crucial one for the sustaining of this Republic. Clear and definitive measures need to be taken to preserve:
a) The counting of the electoral college votes. In the past, no Vice President has had a wider role in the electoral process other than in officiating. Since the holder of this office has not been given constitutional right to change the result of the free and fair election, it needs to remain so. No one person should be able to determine the outcome of a presidential election...
The 4 questions that CommonSense American addresses are very important. It is critical that the ECA be updated to avoid political mischief or worse in the future. And adequate funding and protection of election administration is vital...
The most urgent matter at hand is resolving the ambiguity of the ECA. While I would like to see legislation that assuages Republican concerns about ballot and voter registration integrity paired with Democrat-led efforts to increase access, that is secondary.
The time for reforming the ECA is at least 30 years overdue. The danger of partisan interests ripping our democracy apart has rarely been greater than it is today, and making changes to ensure that the integrity or our elections is respected and nothing like January 6 happens again is critical.
Read messages from CommonSense Americans to members of Congress below:
I would rather see some reform be implemented than none at all. I would like to see Congress pass smaller bipartisan bills, because a small success is still a success. I do not want a repeat of the 2020 election in our future elections, so please pass a reform bill that will protect us the most from that happening.
We have a responsibility to address these election issues and to resolve them as quickly as possible for the integrity of the public’s voice and the effectiveness of the democracy.
The vitriol between parties is hurting us, your constituents. Please pass legislation that will demonstrate that have more common interests than differences. Please do not allow what happened Jan 6, 2020 to ever happen again.
It is time to stop playing party politics and remember that feeling the first time you heard you won the seat to which you were elected. You bear an awesome responsibility to the people of your district, your state, and this nation. Act like you were sent to represent us. Leave elections to the states but give them the funding needed to safeguard our elections. 2020 was a fair election; but the mess created by it was a national embarrassment and needs to be rectified.
I support all of these proposals; but to take an "all-or-nothing" attitude by linking them together I believe is extremely short-sighted. It is a political tactic that does nothing to further perfect our union -- it only serves to divide us further. Please support these measures individually, and help protect our form of government before we lose it.
Rising concern for election workers’ security and the challenges it poses for accessible and secure elections have resulted in a growing bipartisan consensus that Congress should address the problem.
As I support many things such as protection for election workers and integrity, this needs to be in the states hands and we need to be minimizing the federal government's role, not increasing.
... Election workers should absolutely be protected from intimidation, threats, privacy invasion and violence...
Elections workers should NEVER be subject to intimidation by the public or elected officials. With society today, election workers should be granted every privacy measure possible to prevent intimidation.
Leaving federal elections to the states without appropriate funding to handle said elections is a recipe for disaster. States strapped for funds, may not view elections as their most pressing priority and leave the process, people and equipment underfunded and in distress...
Elections are truly a state matter, and the federal government is there to accept the results of the states. If states want secure and functional elections, they have to fund them. It is not up to the federal government to fund states who are neglecting their election process. If the people of that state don't like how it's done, they are the ones responsible to fix it.
...So I support election reform and increased federal funding for elections, particularly funding for election security and administration of federal elections, most notably for President and Vice President.
...I support federal funding for elections, but that should be coupled not so much with prescriptive "strings" as with full transparency and an assurance that the elections being funded are conducted in accordance with overarching principles.
First, our constitution is the guide of which to follow, NOT the opinion of congress. Once we start down a path of having federally run and funded elections, we will erode the state's rights...
I am a strong proponent of state's rights. I think that the states should retain their authority to conduct their elections in whatever manner they see fit, even if that manner is unpopular with other states. Increasing federal funding of state elections will increase the dependency of the states on the federal government and gradually erode state autonomy.
Powers that are in the preview of the states should have the minimal federal influence possible. This includes federal funding.
I voted against increased federal funding of elections because every time the federal government funds something, it places conditions on that funding which effectively become rules. I think since the states have such a high stake in ensuring the federal elections are successful they should prioritize their funding and maintain autonomy.