Report: State Election Reforms Needed to Restore Trust and Integrity

With half the country still questioning November's election results, The Heritage Foundation's Hans von Spakovsky has published nine reforms he says states should adopt to restore faith in federal elections.

“The number one objective ought to be voter ID, but not just for in-person voting, also for absentee balloting,” he says.

Purging voter rolls, giving state legislatures power over elections and limiting absentee ballots are some of the others.

“Mail-in ballots are the only kind of ballots voted outside the supervision of election officials and outside the observation of poll watchers,” says Von Spakovsky. “That makes them more vulnerable to everything from voters making mistakes to ballots being altered, changed forged or coercion and pressure being placed on them in their home.”

Von Spakovsky also says states should do away with same-day registration for voting and automatic motor-voter laws.

“Everyone should be interested in making sure we have a fair election process. It's unfortunate folks have tried to turn it into a partisan issue.”

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