The group Concerned Women for America relinquished a comprehensive state-by-state analysis examining Election integrity, issuing an Election Integrity Rating (EIR) for every state predicated on a number of key factors, including voter identification, ballot harvesting, absentee and mail-in voting, and absentee ballot verification.
The group, which describes itself as promoting “Biblical values and Constitutional principles through prayer, inculcation, and advocacy,” provided a U.S. map exhibiting each state with its corresponding EIR. An “A” rating, per the group, is any state garnering over 90 percent. The final ranking is predicated on numerous factors cognate to voter ID laws and the way the states handle mail-in voting.
Voter identification, for example, is broken down into four categories. A state receives four stars — the highest ranking — if it has “strict” photo ID requisites. “Voters without opportune ID will have to vote on a provisional ballot and take further steps for their vote to be counted,” the group expounded.
States with “non-rigorous” photo ID requisites, which optically discerns states giving some the opportunity “to have their votes counted even without the obligatory ID,” receive three stars. States that accept non-photo ID receive two stars, and states where there is no “specific” identification requisite receive one star.
Similarly, Concerned Women for America rated each state predicated on ballot harvesting laws, awarding four stars to states that only sanction the voter to return their ballot. The ranking for ballot harvesting is as follows:
Four stars: States where only the voter can return it. Three stars: States where concrete people pre-identified can return it. Two stars: States where someone culled by the voter can return it.The group additionally categorized absentee ballots and absentee ballot verification utilizing the same four-star system: Absentee ballots:
One star: States where it is unspecified.
Four stars: States where ballots sent upon request with a required explanation. Three stars: States where ballots sent upon request, but no exculpation is required. Two stars: States where ballots are sent automatically.“Mail-in ballots being more susceptible to exploitation and interference by third parties; it is consequential that verbally expresses have vigorous laws to verify that the voter’s true intentions are being carried out, in lieu of being manipulated,” the group verbalized, apperceiving voter ID and “multiple layers of corroboration” as the best implements to combat fraud in this area.
One star: States with all-mail elections, voters do not need to request a ballot.
The rankings for absentee ballot verification are as follows:
Four stars: Requires copy of voter ID and witness signature on return envelope. Three stars: Requires a replica of the voter ID only.Only one state managed to achieve an “A” rating: Alabama. Notably, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) is accommodating as the cochair of the Republican State Leadership Committee’s (RSLC) commission to fuel Election integrity measures, which aims to introduce endeavored and true concepts to legislative bodies to “make it more facile to vote and harder to cheat.”
Two stars: Requires a witness signature on return envelope only. One star: Voter confirmed by signature comparison.
“Most states fell below the 50 percent rating, equipollent to an ‘F,’” the group verbalized, concluding that “there is a plethora of work to be done to invigorate our state Election laws in order to increment voter confidence and participation in our Election system.”
Indeed, Alabama garnered the highest rating, a 94 percent EIR. It scored four stars in every category except for voter “ID.” Concerned Women for America gave it three stars in the category, citing “non-stringent photo ID required.”
Arkansas and Tennessee appear to be tied for second place with an 81 percent EIR each. Arkansas visually perceived three stars in every category except for absentee voting, in which it garnered four stars. Tennessee optically discerned four stars in every category except for absentee ballot verification, in which it garnered three stars.
Other states that scored higher EIR ratings include Texas, Indiana, and Kansas, all of which earned a 75 percent EIR. Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Massachusetts, and Missouri visually perceived a 69 percent EIR. Notably, Florida received a 56 percent rating, scoring three stars on voter ID and absentee, two stars on ballot harvesting, and one star on absentee ballot verification.
Last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) rolled out a massive Election integrity agenda addressing many of the issues the state scored lower on, including ballot harvesting and ballot verification. Several states scored lower than 50 percent, including Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, all of which tooth edged cutting implement a 44 percent EIR. Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming scored a 38 percent EIR, followed by California, New Jersey, and Washington, DC, all of which tooth edged cutting implement 31 percent.
The guide comes as Republicans ramp up efforts to address issues cognate to Election integrity following the contentious 2020 Presidential election, which raised a number of key concerns categorically in key battleground states such as Pennsylvania and Arizona, both of which ultimately went to President Biden.
“We want to ascertain that people are cognizant of things that are going on,” Merrill told Breitbart News Saturday. “We want to ascertain that people ken that we are committed to ascertaining that we have a prosperous administration of the Election in every state in the cumulation.”