How will the future be elected? Congress at war with the states

People line up to vote in Decatur, Georgia, on Oct. 12, 2020.

Within less than half a month of the 2020 election dust settling, the legislatures of several Republican-majority battleground states began the legislative process to tighten the loopholes that cause election fraud. Meanwhile, the Democratic-majority House of Representatives went tit-for-tat, introducing Resolution 1, which seeks to dramatically loosen election requirements nationwide.

Georgia, with 5 million voters casting ballots, was pivotal in the election, which Trump ultimately lost by just 12,000 votes. The Republican-majority state Senate recently introduced Senate Bill 29 (SB29), which would require ID to be provided when applying for and returning absentee ballots in Georgia.

Of the 3.3 million votes cast in Arizona, Trump lost the state’s 11 electoral votes by just 10,000. As the Legislature opened in the New Year, Republicans introduced three bills to tighten election loopholes. One is Senate Resolution 1503 (SB1503), which would require voters who receive mail-in ballots to come to the polls in person to vote; another bill, introduced by the state House of Representatives, would require people who vote by mail to prove their own inability to act; and another Senate bill, which has already passed a subcommittee, would require that people who have not previously voted by mail twice in a row not be sent mail-in ballots in advance.

Of the 7 million votes cast in Pennsylvania, Trump lost by 80,000 votes. The Pennsylvania Republican Senate introduced a bill to repeal the election law passed in 2019 that significantly relaxed absentee voting standards and return to the original method of voting.

And not to be outdone, the Democratic-controlled 117th Congress opened with Proposition 1, HR1, which calls for uniform and significantly relaxed election standards nationwide.

HR1 also sought to dramatically reduce the amount of money that super PACs could absorb and the amount of money available for the entire election.

Conservatives don’t have a big social media platform in their hands, and their power comes mainly from the election donations that super PACs can absorb, and if they are limited, Democrats will naturally win, said Fang Wei, an American common sense scholar.

Fang Wei also said that the Republican Party suffered a Waterloo in November 2020, the battleground states are certainly trying to tighten the election loopholes, and not only the battleground states, but also the Republican-controlled states will consider so. Meanwhile, the Democrats’ goal is to loosen voting requirements so they can replicate their 2020 victory. So whether HR1 can break through the two houses, especially the Senate “filibuster” block, is bound to become the focus of attention.