ELECTION INTEGRITY STYMIED

December 8, 2021
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Here we go again.

It started last week as Governor Roy Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 326 – the Election Day Integrity Act.  This bill simply made Election Day the deadline for the receipt of absentee ballots by the State Board of Elections.

Novel idea isn’t it to make Election Day the day when you start counting all votes that elect our state and federal leaders.

One would hope that the Governor would want to agree to something that would increase voter confidence in elections with all the negativity surrounding voters’ trust in the election process.

Not a chance from Gov. Cooper.  He’ll remain partisan to his lame-duck last day

Sen. Paul Newton (R-Cabarrus) commented on the Governor’s veto:

“Election Day is the election deadline in plenty of Democrat-run states, yet Gov. Cooper and Democrats keep peddling this bizarre theory that the policy is an attempt at voter suppression. Will the press finally ask Gov. Cooper or Democratic legislators whether they believe Democrats in states with an identical policy are vote suppressors, or will they continue carrying water for the Democratic Party?”

Current law allows absentee ballots to be received by the Board of Elections up to three days after Election Day.  Senate Bill 326 would require absentee ballots to be received by Election Day — not three days later.  The same way President Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware does it.  The same way the majority of American states do it – including Democrat-stronghold states like Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and others.

It’s the same old story that’s been going on for years.  The Left has mastered the “process” side of elections.  When they can’t win at the ballot box, they block reasonable legislation like the Election Integrity Act.

Or – they head to the courts.  And kick off a legal merry-go-round.  Which is what they did when they didn’t get their way in electoral redistricting of legislative and Congressional seats this year in the NC General Assembly.  Different year – same old redistricting story.

So as we said earlier – here we go again.

With the Left still in control of the NC Supreme Court, you can expect them to overturn decisions made so far in state courts pertaining to filing for office or other election rulings.  Then – when the lawsuits move up the ladder to federal courts of appeal, where liberal judges dominate, most likely things will stall there as well.  The only seeming chance for conservatives appears to be the U.S. Supreme Court.

All of this won’t happen fast and who knows what elections will be allowed to go ahead only to be overturned by another court and a call for new maps to be drawn by the legislature or even the courts.

So much hard work was done on election reform to try to come up with common sense solutions to the concerns of NC voters.  But that went out the door when liberals again opposed voter-supported Voter ID initiatives and the Election Day Integrity law that Governor Cooper vetoed.

So get out the election popcorn and sit back and watch.  It’s North Carolina.  Looks like it’s going to be messy…


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