Election Integrity? It Seems Congress Doesn't Understand That Term

By Danita Knickerbocker

Eight years ago, it was not a controversial thing to suggest that when voting for the President of The United States of America, you must meet just four simple qualifications:

  • Be alive
  • Be a citizen of the United States of America
  • Be the age of 18 years, or older
  • Present valid identification (i.e. Driver’s License, Passport, State ID, etc)

Recently it seems as though you cannot even suggest these four qualifications without being called inhumane, racist, bigoted, uncompassionate, or something much worse. Why is this so controversial now? Where are we headed as a country, if we allow dead people, non-US citizens, children and anyone else who would like to, vote in our elections? Who has the power to create legislation on how elections are conducted and how are the violators of those legislative rules punished? All of these questions are ones that we must ask ourselves if we are going to truly assess where we are, and where our country is headed. So let’s discuss them together.

Why are these four qualifications so controversial?

During a 2018 interview with PBS NewsHour host, Amna Nawaz, Emory University professor, Carol Anderson1 stated:

“Things like voter roll purges, voter ID requirements and poll shutdowns at close of business disproportionately negatively affects minority voters.”

According to Ballotpedia, voter roll purges2:

…if done properly, are a means to ensure that voter rolls are dependable, accurate, and up-to-date. Precise and carefully conducted purges can remove duplicate names and people who have moved, died, or are otherwise ineligible.”

Public servants from the Democratic Party, along with other high-profile news and media personalities and celebrities, have been denouncing voter ID requirements as racist for years. In March 2021, they finally had the numbers and power in Congress to push through3 a bill, H.R.1, that states:

“Recent elections and studies have shown that minority communities wait longer in lines to vote, are more likely to have their mail ballots rejected, continue to face intimidation at the polls, are more likely to be disenfranchised by voter purges, and are disproportionately burdened by voter identification and other voter restrictions.” 

Because of this push from the Left, for almost 6 years now, more and more people in the United States and around the world have started to believe this absurdity and have begun to act in abhorrence toward anyone that suggests otherwise.

The requirement to simply prove that you are a US citizen in order to vote in a federal election is now widely spread as racist towards all minorities. As if Finland4 would allow non-Finnish citizens to vote in their federal elections. As if Spain5 would allow non-Spanish citizens to vote in their federal elections. As if Brazil6 would allow non-Brazilian citizens to vote in their federal elections. No. That is not how the world works. The US having requirements to vote, such as proving you are alive, 18 years or older, or that you are a citizen of the US, is not a new thing and it is not some racist ideology. It is common sense and proving you are a citizen of the country you wish to vote in, is a mutually shared requirement of every constitutional republic and/or democracy in the world. Yet, the Left wants the world to believe that having that requirement for a US election is racist, bigoted and uncompassionate towards minorities.

Where are we headed as a country, if we allow dead people, non-US citizens, children and anyone else who would like to, vote in our elections?

H.R.1, which is the bill regarding election rules and practices, has now been passed by the US House of Representatives and it is on its way to the US Senate. This bill puts the very essence of our federal elections at risk for mass voter fraud and extremely fraudulent outcomes. Here are only a few of the highlights7 from the 600-page document:

  • The bill federalizes8 and micromanages the election process administered by the states, imposing unnecessary, unwise, and unconstitutional mandates on the states.
    • Forcing states to accept voter registrations from people as young as 16 years old.
    • Forcing states to accept votes up to 10 days after Nov 3.
    • Forcing states to allow individuals to register to vote on the day of the election and then vote the same day without proper verification of identity.
    • Criminalizing the hindering, interfering, or preventing registering to vote for any “corrupt” reasoning. (But who determines it is corrupt? There is no definition of how you can “corruptly” hinder, interfere, or prevent the registering to vote)
    • Any many more…
  • The bill interferes8 with the ability of states and their citizens to determine qualifications for voters and to ensure the accuracy of voter registration rolls.
    • Prohibits states from purging their voter rolls.
    • Forces states to allow online voter registration without identification requirements.
    • Requires any individual with a driver’s license to be automatically registered to vote, unless they specify that they do not want to be registered to vote.
    • Forces states to allow individuals to vote without valid identification, as long as they sign a sworn statement saying they are eligible to vote in that area.
    • Prohibits states from cross-checking registration of individuals across state lines.
    • Forces states to allow felons and imprisoned citizens to vote.
  • The bill reverses8 the decentralization of the American election process—which is necessary for protecting our liberty and freedom.
    • Transfers the right to draw congressional districts from state legislatures to “independent” commissions whose members are unaccountable to voters. H.R. 1 mandates inclusion of alien population, both legal and illegal, in all redistricting. This is an anti-democratic, unconstitutional measure that takes away the ability of the citizens of a state to make their own decision about redistricting.
  • Allows all citizens of US Territories to vote without restriction.
  • Grants the District of Columbia statehood.
    • Declares that Congress has power over the seat of the Federal Government to admit new states to the Union and therefore gives them the power to ratify the District of Columbia as the 51st state in the Union.
      • Providing two additional seats in the US Senate, and at least four seats in the US House of Representatives.

So the question of ‘Where are we headed as a country?’ can be answered with one word: Communism. A totalitarian communistic regime where our voices are completely suppressed by the fraudulent selection of government officials who then push through whatever corrupt laws they want, without any push back.

Who has the power to create legislation on how elections are conducted and how are the violators of those legislative rules punished?

There are seven places in The Constitution9 for The United States of America where elections or voting are discussed. In both areas where there is any discourse about election procedures, the contents are about when, where and how elections are conducted for senators and representatives.

“The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators”

When speaking of the President and Vice President being elected, it is simply stated that the state legislatures choose electors based on the popular vote in their state and then those electors cast their votes for the President/VP. There is nothing about who is in charge of the election procedures9 of a presidential election.

“Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.

The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President…”

This language is the same as for the electors choosing the Vice President.

As for the other mentions of voting or elections within the text of the Constitution, we have five amendments giving instruction as to who can vote. When I say there are instructions, I mean there are restrictions on age of the voter and a removal of restrictions based on gender and/or race of the voter.

  • Amendment 12 (9)

“The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate;–the President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted;–The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed…”

  • Amendment 15 (9)

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude-”

  • Amendment 19 (9)

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

  • Amendment 24 (9)

The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.”

  • Amendment 26 (9)

The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.”

All these amendments seem to only apply to “citizens of the United States.” If we are now forced to allow non-US citizens to vote, (according to H.R.1) what are their restrictions? Also, what makes Congress think they have the power to create those restrictions without calling a convention of states and ratifying an actual amendment to the Constitution?

Sources:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO5uTxeY7xc 
  2. https://ballotpedia.org/Voter_caging_and_purging 
  3. https://www.newsweek.com/fact-check-did-house-democrats-vote-ban-voter-id-nationwide-hr-1-1573908 
  4. https://www.infofinland.fi/en/information-about-finland/finnish-society/elections-in-finland 
  5. https://www.european-elections.eu/how-to-vote/spain 
  6. http://www.brazil.gov.br/about-brazil/news/2018/08/understand-how-brazilian-elections-work 
  7. https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr1%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=1 
  8. https://www.heritage.org/election-integrity/report/the-facts-about-hr-1-the-the-people-act-2019
  9. https://constitution.congress.gov/constitution/