Sunday, August 8, 2021

Georgia Has the Constitutional Right to Govern Its Own Elections; The Truth About Georgia’s Voting Law; House Republicans Call for DOJ Lawsuit Against Georgia Election Law to be Dismissed in Amicus Brief

illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times
Georgia has the constitutional right to govern its own elections:
DOJ suit has no legal standing
Back in the late 1700s, friction erupted between two of our most prominent founding fathers — Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. Each had completely different visions for our Constitution and how the nation would be governed.
Hamilton wanted a powerful federal government, and Jefferson argued for power to flow through states to local governments. What resulted was the 10th Amendment to the Constitution that says, “The Powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, respectively, or to the people.”
This amendment — along with a specific provision of the Constitution entrusting elections to states — is the basis for all 50 states controlling and administering their own elections. --->READ MORE HERE
The Truth About Georgia’s Voting Law:
There are a lot of partisan political issues out there, but election integrity shouldn’t be one of them.
What could be more basic to the very concept of representative government than having citizens trust that an election—whether it be for president or dog catcher—was fairly won or fairly lost?
Yet in the recent past, this issue has become very contentious. For purposes of our discussion here, let’s put aside any feelings we might have regarding a specific election.
Here’s the conflict: One side is primarily concerned that all votes are legitimately cast; that is, each vote can be traced to the person voting. The other side is primarily concerned that as many people as possible have the opportunity to vote.
Now a very obvious question arises. Why are these two concerns incompatible? Well, the answer is: They are not. We should be able both to verify voters and make it easy to vote at the same time. --->READ MORE HERE
House Republicans call for DOJ lawsuit against Georgia election law to be dismissed in amicus brief:
Amicus brief argues the Constitution gives state legislatures 'broad authority' to regulate elections
House Republicans on Monday filed an amicus brief in the Justice Department's lawsuit against Georgia's election law, urging the court to dismiss the case, claiming it is "without merit," and arguing that the Constitution grants states the authority to make changes to election laws.
The amicus brief, filed by 57 GOP members of Congress with the help of Jay Sekulow, the chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, are arguing that the case is "without merit," citing the elections clause of the Constitution, which gives state legislatures "broad authority" to regulate the times, places and manner of elections.
The Constitution grants states – not the Executive Branch or federal courts – broad discretion to prevent potential voter fraud and voter intimidation, including implementing voter ID," Rep. Rick Allen, R-Ga., told Fox News. "The Biden Administration’s lawsuit against Georgia is just the latest example of an ongoing effort to federalize elections, and is the same attempt that is being waged legislatively with Congressional Democrats’ For the People Act." --->READ MORE HERE

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