• Georgia vs. H.R. 1: Peach State’s Reforms Actually Don’t Go Far Enough

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    Surge Summary: For all its controversy, the fact is Georgia’s voting reform initiative doesn’t go far enough to secure elections. Contrast that with the Democrat’s H.R. 1 legislation, which does everything but strengthen election integrity.

    by Gary Bauer

    As you know, Georgia Republicans are getting hammered by the left-wing media and corporate America for recently passing an election reform law.  It is absolutely not a “Jim Crow throwback” as the left has labeled it.

    But Donald Trump noted [Tuesday] what I have been thinking for several days now:  In many ways, it doesn’t go far enough.  For example:

    • The law does not require signature matching.  In fact, it eliminates the signature matching requirement entirely.  Instead, voters are now required to provide their driver’s license ID number when requesting and returning an absentee ballot.
    • The new law does not eliminate or limit no-excuse absentee/mail-in voting.  Georgia is now joining the ranks of dozens of states that have adopted no-excuse mail-in voting.
    • Drop boxes are limited under the new law, but they were never used at all before 2020.  Why are they being allowed now?
    • I believe we need to get back to an Election Day, not an election month.  But the new Georgia law actually expands early voting, giving big city Democrat machines even more time to drive turnout.

    So why all the outrage over this particular reform bill?  It basically boils down to the enhanced voter ID requirement for absentee ballots.  That’s it.  And yet Georgia Republicans are getting the snot kicked out of them.

    As one columnist put it, if the left is going to scream “RACISM!” all the time, conservatives may as well pass stricter laws.  But why would the left stop kicking us when they see how effective their attacks are?

    As is too often the case, Republicans are traumatized by the left, by their media allies and woke corporate CEOs, and they compromised too much out of fear.  And look what it got them.

    This gets us back to what Donald Trump was trying to teach Republicans for the last four years.  I thought he was making some progress, but apparently surrender is ingrained in the GOP’s DNA.

    And don’t even get me started on Gov. Asa Hutchinson!

    Georgia vs H.R. 1

    Compare the Georgia experience to H.R. 1.  There is nothing in H.R. 1 intended to make elections fair in America.  There are no bi-partisan compromises at all in that outrageous legislation.  It is a left-wing wish list intended to guarantee that no conservative ever wins the White House again.

    But Democrats are not worried about appearing too heavy-handed.  There was no debate in the Democrat Party about how far H.R. 1 should go.  They went for the jugular!

    No one on the left was worried about potential blowback for nationalizing all elections.  Ironically, some on the left are arguing that Georgia’s new election reform law takes power away from local officials.  Well, that’s exactly what H.R. 1 does, but on a national scale!

    It takes power away from your local elections offices, from your state legislators and from your governors, and it concentrates all election authority in Washington, D.C.  Such a drastic assault on federalism is clearly intended to benefit the big government left.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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