Representative Peggy McGaugh Receives FGA 2022 Legislative Champion Award
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Rep. McGaugh’s Leadership on Election Integrity Reforms Helped Secure Missouri Elections
NAPLES, FL – This week, the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) awarded Missouri State Representative Peggy McGaugh (R-Carrollton) the 2022 Legislative Champion Award for her leadership on H.B.1878 and her work to secure future elections during the 101st General Assembly. H.B. 1878 passed the Missouri House by an overwhelming 97-47 vote and was signed into law June 29, 2022. The new law was in effect for the November 2022 general election.
Without the work of election integrity champions like Rep. Peggy McGaugh, elections in the Show Me State would not be as fair, transparent, or secure as they are now.
The law includes provisions that:
- ban private funding from influencing election administration (Zuckerbucks ban)
- require photo ID for in-person and in-person absentee voting
- require absentee ballot notarization
- ban drop boxes
- ban pre-filled absentee applications
- prohibit soliciting absentee ballot applications
- provide the legislature with an opportunity to intervene in lawsuits and legal settlements when election laws are challenged
- allow the secretary of state to clean voter rolls and to withhold funding from election officials who refuse to perform required maintenance
- ban the paid solicitation of registration applications
- require absentee ballots to be received by the time the polls close
- prohibit the expansion of mail-in ballots without legislative changes
- require a bipartisan team to deliver and witness voting when 10 or more absentee applications are from the same address
- strengthen the prohibition on non-citizen voting
“Missouri held a successful general election under new, commonsense reforms, and that is thanks to the work of policymakers committed to voting laws that make it easy to vote but hard to cheat,” said Gregg Pfister, senior director of state government affairs for FGA. “The election integrity law Rep. McGaugh helped guide into place last session is one of the best in the country and is greatly increasing transparency and trust in both the process and the results of Missouri’s elections.”
The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is a non-profit, multi-state think tank that promotes public policy solutions to create opportunities for every American to experience the American Dream. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.