Ask any Republican politician or election official what the most potent enemy to a sovereign election is and you will invariably be told the Motor Voter Law. Now a group of US Congressmen are attempting to do something about it.
On Friday, a group of House Republicans introduced legislation to repeal what is commonly referred to as the “Motor Voter Law.” This law requires every state to offer voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle facilities.
The codified name of the law is the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. It mandates that states offer voters the option to also register to vote when applying for a driver’s license. It also outlines the mandate for some public assistance offices.
Under the Act, every driver’s license application must double as a voter registration application. The one aspect that is not objectionable in the act is that it also updates any prior registration.
The group of House Republicans, led by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), are voicing a commonly held concern about one provision in the law. It requires states to accept a signed affidavit attesting that the voter is a US citizen without requiring tangible proof.
In a statement issued through his office, Biggs’ offered up the example of a situation in which Arizona law requires an individual to provide proof of citizenship in order to register to vote in that state’s elections. But, because of the Motor Voter Law, federal law mandates they be given the opportunity to vote on a “federal-only” ballot. This opens up federal office elections to vote fraud by non-citizens.
“This lax procedure, to register individuals to vote in states that have strict citizenship requirements for voter registration, is a threat to the integrity of our elections,” Biggs said in the statement.
“Americans of all political leanings deserve to know that our elections were carried out with the utmost integrity,” Biggs continued. “That’s why I hope my colleagues will join me in support of this legislation to ensure that states, and not the DC swamp, uphold election integrity and restore trust at the ballot box for each of its residents.”
I introduced legislation to repeal the outdated National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (“Motor Voter”). This bill would restore states’ rights to conduct elections and allow them to enforce state laws that eliminate voter fraud opportunities. https://t.co/lygkbc7Nvy
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) December 5, 2020
Co-sponsors to the bill include: Reps. Scott Perry (R-PA), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Randy Weber (R-TX), Mo Brooks (R-AL), Debbie Lesko (R-AZ), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Steve King (R-IA), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and Greg Steube (R-FL).
The one-page bill would seek to abolish the 1993 law, not amend the act. It is that all encompassing approach that my find significant resistance in that Democrat controlled chamber.
The effort comes as Americans of all political beliefs voice growing concerns about election and ballot integrity, and the ease of which vote fraud and ballot tampering can be executed at the hands of bad actors.
It also comes as a continuing flood of lawsuits from President Trump’s campaign team, charging widespread and overt vote fraud, ballot tampering, and other forms of illegal voting are being filed regarding the November 3, 2020, General Election.