A study by Harvard University found that one-third of Americans do not trust the integrity of the 2020 Presidential election. Their distrust is a call for action, and it is our responsibility to restore confidence in our voting systems.
That is why I introduced the “Verification and Oversight for Transparent Elections, Registration, and Identification Act,” or the “VOTER ID Act. ”This bill would require states to conduct post-election audits and publicly share the results before key election certification dates. It would also ensure that states retain their constitutional right to control their elections without federal takeover.
With this transparency, residents are empowered to hold their state governments accountable and gain a full understanding of what happens once they cast their vote. Steps like these are necessary to restore faith in our election practices.
Unfortunately, my Democratic colleagues have a different idea of “election security.” This week, House Democrats passed H.R. 1, the “For the People Act,” or the more appropriately named, “For the Politicians Act.” This bill will federalize all elections, eliminate all voter identification requirements, and provide DC politicians with millions of taxpayer-funded campaign dollars.
These are alarming concepts that will minimize the rights we have as individuals to vote freely and fairly and reduce our confidence in how elections are executed within our own state. Americans shouldn’t question the fairness or integrity of their vote. I urge the Senate to strike down this partisan legislation and move forward with common-sense legislation like the VOTER ID Act.
Bruce Westerman is a U.S. Congressman representing the 4th District of Arkansas. He is a Republican.