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How Elected Officials Are Fighting Election Crime In 2024—and How Yours Can, Too

Election Day is less than six months from today. The world is watching and waiting to see who wins—and we’re all on high alert for the types of “irregularities” that happened in 2020.

But states don’t have to wait until after the election to fight back against voter fraud, harassment, and other complications at the voting booth—nor should they.

Take Georgia, for example. After the 2020 election, the state was one of many that set out to pass election integrity reforms in preparation for the next time around. Reforms included adding voter ID requirements, addressing voter roll issues, and reining in outside influence (a.k.a. Zuckerbucks). Georgia faced significant criticism for their actions, from heated rhetoric to scare tactics to court challenges. But in 2022, the state saw record voter registration and turnout.

With the high-stakes election of 2024 quickly approaching, the integrity of our elections can’t be pushed to the back burner. 

What Washington can do

In Congress, Republican legislators just introduced the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act. This measure formalizes a simple and commonsense rule—only American citizens should vote in American elections. Current federal law specifies that non-citizen voting is illegal for federal elections, but there is no enforcement mechanism. The bill would provide that safeguard by requiring states to obtain documentary proof of citizenship when an individual registers to vote in a federal election.

It may come as a surprise to know that this commonsense standard isn’t universal in every election. Washington, D.C., and municipalities in three states (California, Maryland, and Vermont) currently allow non-citizens to vote in their local elections. On the other side of the equation, seven states have explicit language prohibiting non-citizen voting in their state constitutions—North Dakota, Colorado, Arizona, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, and Ohio.

Additionally, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Kentucky have ballot measures in this November’s election that ask if non-citizens should be allowed to vote.

Congress has a chance to ensure that only American citizens vote in federal elections by passing the SAVE Act.

What your state can do

#1: Ban ranked-choice voting.

One of the ways partisan activists are trying to steamroll elections is through ranked-choice voting. Under the guise of finding “consensus candidates” or offering voters more choices, ranked-choice voting turns elections into a game to be won. And the game is generally won by Democrats.

In 2023, 74 bills were introduced around the country in favor of ranked-choice voting, and 92 percent had only Democrat supporters. On the other side, 17 bills were introduced to ban ranked-choice voting, and all but one were Republican bills. Five states so far—Tennessee, Florida, South Dakota, Montana, and Idaho—have outright banned this voting method.

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#2: Create an election crimes unit.

Many states give local district attorneys the only authority to prosecute election crimes. This becomes a big problem when district attorneys have known political biases, like those whose campaigns were funded by leftist billionaire George Soros. Is there no election fraud, or is it simply not being prosecuted?

The two ways around this are for states to create a designated election crimes unit and to match prosecutorial authority for the attorney general.

In 2022, Florida created its Office of Election Crimes and Security. Since the unit was created, there have been more than 2,000 complaints and 1,000 independent investigations initiated. More than 1,500 cases have been referred to another agency, and 234 cases were referred to special agents. In 2022, 20 individuals were arrested

#3: Stop outside influence in elections.

Twenty-seven states have taken action to ban or heavily restrict private funding in local elections (Zuckerbucks).

But more needs to be done. The Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), the organization that distributed Zuckerbucks in the 2020 election, has launched the U.S. Alliance for Election Excellence to bypass state election laws and funnel in additional grants. States should follow Georgia and act to close any loopholes that allow for outside, non-authorized funding in elections. Learn more about how to ensure transparent and fair elections here

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