GOP Lawmaker Introduces Major Election Bill

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( – Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are going head to head on the issue of the US’s elections, with Republicans and Democrats unveiling different proposals in an effort to push competing agendas, according to ABC News. As of July 10, Democrats were gearing up to introduce plans for federal voting standards.

However, House Republicans have their own ideas. The Committee on House Administration held a hearing titled “American Confidence in Elections: The Path to Election Integrity Across America,” on July 10. This happened the same day as the introduction of the “American Confidence in Elections Act,” which has been described on the website of Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wis., chair of the House Administration Committee, as “the most conservative election bill” that the House has seen in more than two decades.

Steil, who introduced the bill, revealed last month that it was focused on increasing voters’ confidence while also boosting the Constitution and ensuring that control over elections was going to remain with the states and not the federal government. He further argued that this would mark a big difference to the attempts that House Democrats have made in the last two congresses to completely nationalize and centralize the election procedures.

The Republican legislation would also push states to have post-election audits, review voter lists, and completely prohibit election officials from being allowed to send out absentee ballots without an official request being filed. States would be allowed to check voter eligibility, while also ending the policy in Washington, D.C. that allows non-citizens to vote in local elections.

ABC News reported that neither the Republicans’ nor the Democrats’ efforts will likely make it far in Congress due to the partisan divide between them.

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