Re: Restoring Election Integrity In Georgia
We, the undersigned, serve as poll managers, poll watchers, leaders in the Georgia Republican Party and other conservative organizations, and as campaign volunteers. And, we are all citizen voters. Between us we represent thousands of Georgia voters.
To the great detriment of our otherwise exemplary state, the status quo has convinced too many Georgians that our votes are being stolen or diluted by fraud, irregularities, a lack of training and transparency, partisanship, and human error. The recent result: voters are no longer willing to participate in Georgia’s elections; they are furious, and they are telling us they will claim no party affiliation or show up at the polls until the system is fixed.
We strongly urge you to adopt the changes outlined below in order to restore confidence among Georgia voters that our election process is fair and trustworthy, and the outcomes, reliable.
Absentee Ballots (we use the term absentee ballot to also mean any form of mail-in ballot):
- Limit absentee ballots to individuals who have a valid reason, such as being disabled or out of town on Election Day.
- Require photo ID to apply for an absentee ballot, both in-person and online.
- Voters shall request their own absentee ballot.
- Ban the distribution of unsolicited absentee ballot applications and ballots, including by Georgia election officials and all third parties.
- Absentee ballots postmarked or received after Election Day shall not be counted.
- Ban vote harvesting.
- Ban ballot drop boxes.
- Require photo ID and proof of citizenship to register to vote, both in-person and online.
- Prohibit same-day voter registration.
Voting and Elections:
- Require photo ID to vote absentee as well as in-person.
- Require people who register to vote by mail to vote in person the first time they vote.
- Eliminate “jungle” primary format for special elections.
- Limit Early Voting to 6 days.
- Legislature must direct that the Secretary of State cannot change the rules of an election.
- Reject any and all efforts to get rid of the Electoral College, including signing on to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC).
We call your attention to a related U.S. House Bill, H.R. 1, via an attachment to this letter.
Thank you for considering our points of view on this important matter.