A large variety of voting laws have been put into place by many states in the nation. Some of them have done well and helped to protect our nation, while others haven’t.
California is one state that has failed, for instance. They made mail-in ballots a regular feature for voting at any time and for any purpose in any election. Simply said, this makes it much easier for them to fix an election.
Recently, a federal judge had to block New York City’s attempt to grant noncitizens the ability to participate in our elections.
But one state just raised the bar on preserving our election system and that state is Missouri.
The state of Missouri’s election laws was modified on last week by Governor Mike Parson, who banned mail-in votes and demanded that every registered voter present a photo ID in order to cast a ballot.
In a push to “strengthen election processes and voter confidence,” Parson signed House Bill 1878 into law, saying although Missouri has conducted “free, fair, and secure elections” in 2020 and prior elections, state officials want to remain that way in the face of “changing technologies and new emerging threats.”
“[The bill] strengthens our election processes and gives Missourians confidence that their voices are being accurately and securely recorded at the ballot box,” Parson said in a statement
Voter ID requirements, a measure Missouri Republicans have pined for nearly two decades only to have the courts strike down their efforts ruling them unconstitutional, finally made their way through the system. The law now requires government-issued photo IDs to cast ballots. However, those without one can cast a provisional vote only if the voter returns later that day with a proper ID for signature verification by election officials.
Missouri’s new law also modified several other rules on how the state conducts its elections, like opening a two-week window for voters to cast absentee ballots without citing an excuse why they can’t vote on Election Day. In addition, it prohibits local election authorities from accepting private donations — except for personal protective equipment, food, and water.
There is still a lot that could be done to improve our election process, but I have no idea how we would really make it happen. However, in the states that have put in place these new laws, I’m definitely interested in seeing what the results will be and how they compare to previous elections.