Election Integrity

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Election Integrity

Aug 7, 2020 3 min read

Election Integrity
The right to vote in a free and fair election is the most basic civil right, one on which many of the other rights of the American people depend. ROBYN BECK / Contributor / Getty Images

Policy Proposals

  1. Require a government-issued photo ID to vote in person or with absentee ballots. A free ID should be provided to the very small number of citizens who do not already have one. Only IDs that are issued to citizens should qualify as acceptable documentation unless the identification prominently displays noncitizen status on its face. 
  2. Require proof of citizenship to register to vote. Only citizens are allowed to vote in federal elections. Anyone registering to vote should be required to provide proof that he or she is actually an American citizen. 
  3. Deny citizenship to aliens who have illegally registered and voted in violation of federal law. It is a felony for a noncitizen to register and vote in federal elections. No alien applying for naturalization who has registered or voted in a U.S. election should be approved for citizenship. 
  4. Reject any effort to abolish the Electoral College. Any state compact to manipulate or alter the Electoral College requires congressional assent. Such a compact should not be approved, and any constitutional amendment to scrap the Electoral College should be rejected. 
  5. Reject efforts to conduct all-mail voting, as such an election would invite fraud and errors. In past elections hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots have been rejected for defects and millions more have been undelivered, misdelivered, or reported missing.

Quick Facts

The Heritage Foundation’s Election Fraud Database—which presents just a sampling and not an exhaustive list of recent proven instances of election fraud from across the country—documents 1,290 proven instances of voter fraud from:

1. 1,113 criminal convictions
2. 48 civil penalties
3. 95 diversion programs
4. 16 judicial findings
5. 17 official findings

How to Talk About Election Integrity

A Cornerstone of Our Constitutional Republic 

  • The right to vote in a free and fair election is the most basic civil right and one on which many other rights of the American people depend. 

The Electorate Must Trust the Process 

  • Every American must be able to trust the voting process and its result; otherwise, the democratic system itself breaks down.
  • The security of the ballot box cannot be left to a simple honor system. 

The Duty to Defend Against Fraud  

  • Our entire voting system was designed for voting in person; voting by mail has serious security and logistical problems. 
  • Congress and the states must ensure that all eligible Americans are able to vote and that their votes are not stolen or diluted by fraud or administrative errors. 



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