Should states prohibit automatic voter registration and require proof of citizenship for voting?
• "Broad participation in the American electoral process is not only ideal, but necessary. At the same time, everyone needs to have confidence that our elections are conducted in a consistent and transparent manner. Setting basic federal standards would go far to begin restoring public trust in the integrity of our elections, and, I believe, encourage more citizens to participate in our democratic process." Source: Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (Republican, Mississippi)
• "We have a crisis of faith in our electoral process, and maybe Congress’s most important job in 2021 is to restore that trust. The Save Democracy Act is a way for Congress to go beyond reassurance and prove that our elections are secure. Americans know common-sense reforms like citizenship verification and poll-watchers will make our elections safer." Source: Rep. Jim Banks (Republican, Indiana, District 3)
This bill would amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and the Help America Votes Act of 2002 to promote election integrity. The bill states that Congress is second in authority to states and Congress should limit its role in regulating Federal elections. Automatic voter registration would be prohibited and voters would need to provide proof of their citizenship and Social Security number when registering to vote. A state cannot use unmonitored drop boxes for voting and only a voter with a valid ID, election official, or post office may submit a ballot. If a person is voting by absentee ballot, they would need to request to receive one. Absentee ballots would not be accepted after election day and ballot counting must continue once started, there cannot be pauses. These measures are meant to protect America’s election integrity. Sponsor: Senator Rick Scott (Republican, Florida)