Heritage Action for America Sentinel Call Notes Monday, 3/29/2021
We’ve witnessed a total meltdown and complete hysteria from the news. This is something conservatives should take in stride, because if the Left is outraged, we know we are over the target.
Sentinel Ron Ludders, and Regional Coordinator James Quarles joined us to share about the role Sentinels played in achieving these victories. Listen here.
When it came to addressing the integrity of Arizona’s elections, Sentinel Ron Ludders decided to take action and reach out to his state representative. That conversation turned into the bill H.B. 2054, and that bill just became law! H.B. 2054 increases the accuracy of state voter rolls by mandating the Secretary of State compare death records with voter registrations and remove deceased voters. In addition to a monthly audit of deceased voters, this bill adds an annual review of the state voter registration database cross-referenced with an annual citizen death report from the Department of Health Services.
The New York Times recently characterized reforms by state legislatures to remedy the vulnerabilities in their election laws as “voting restrictions.” Heritage Action Executive Director Jessica Anderson and Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky set the record straight. While you could call fraudsters taking advantage of a deceased voter to submit a counterfeit ballot a “voting restriction,” they bet most Americans would agree “rolling back access to voting” by dead people is probably a good idea. In fact, polling shows that 89% of Americans want to require states to clean up their voter rolls. This is common sense legislation.
State Representative Steve Kaiser gave Ron a shout-out for the bill’s idea on Facebook, and we couldn’t be more proud of this Arizona effort.
All eyes have been on Georgia since last November and last week they led the country in passing important reforms to their state’s election laws. The successes in Georgia were because of the work of Sentinels and conservatives like each of you! Do not underestimate the impact you can have getting involved in your state or your ability to influence the policy-making process.
There has been a lot of misreporting on what Georgia’s law will actually do. Here is a quick list of what is in S.B. 202:
- Protecting absentee voting by requiring voter ID, not automatically sending request forms or ballots to all registered voters, printing ballots on security paper so they can be authenticated, prohibiting ballot trafficking by political operatives, and strengthening supervision of absentee ballot drop boxes.
- Promoting the integrity of the election process by prohibiting private funding of election officials and government agencies.
- Increasing the accuracy of voter registration lists.
- Increasing transparency by allowing election observers complete access to the election process and requiring the ballot-counting to continue without pause until all votes have been tabulated.
The bill includes common-sense reforms, supported by Americans from all walks of life, to secure the right of every legal voter to cast their ballot with confidence it will be counted.
Some of the LIES circulating out about this bill are that it:
- Removes Sunday voting and would somehow restrict early weekend voting. It actually expands early weekend voting. This bill is not about access, but security. It should be easy to vote but hard to cheat.
- Would prohibit water bottles from being allowed at the polling location. It actually specifically allows poll workers to provide “self-service water from an unattended receptacle” and people can bring their own food or drink. Food trucks may also set up over 150 feet away from the polling place and at least 25 feet away from the last voter in line. What the law prevents is giving out free food or drinks as an incentive to vote. Under Georgia law, electioneering at polling locations is already prohibited and the new provisions in the law simply extends those restrictions to include food and drink. Similar laws are on the books in states like New York, Delaware, Minnesota, and Montana to name just a few.
- Requires polling locations to close at 5 p.m.—Biden told this lie, and it’s so egregious that even the Washington Post had to give him four pinocchios.
We must ensure our elections are secure, fair, and transparent. Americans of all stripes have shown they want that too. Legislators are going to come under intense pressure from the Left. They will need Sentinels’ support now more than ever in securing our elections, and it’s good to remember that a simple “thank you” for their work can go a long way.
If you aren’t sure how to get started in your state, go to www.saveourelections.com for a list of Heritage’s policy recommendations. Heritage Action also has our Activist Training Center with tips sheets, and guides on how you can grow and amplify your activism: https://heritageaction.com/activist-training.
Sentinel Jim Boothby could not have said it better — if not us, then who? And if not now, then when?
Keep up the great work Sentinel Nation.