FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2022
Court Decisions Emblematic of Eroded Public Trust in Free & Fair Elections, Legitimate Concerns About Election Integrity
Washington, D.C – Separate court rulings recently issued in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania demonstrate the reasonableness of the beliefs of many American voters who feel disenfranchised, lacking confidence that every legal vote is being counted fairly and openly in elections that are secure, transparent, and accountable.
A Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled in McLinko vs Pennsylvania this past week that the state’s “no excuse” vote-by-mail law, which allowed the flooding of hundreds of thousands of potentially unsecure, unverifiable mail-in ballots in 2020, is unconstitutional and in violation of the explicit terms of the state constitution. In Wisconsin, a judge recently ruled that the use of ballot drop boxes, employed in 2020 for the first time on a wide scale as a public health precaution, as well as the practice of ballot trafficking, are illegal.
National Chairman of the Election Transparency Initiative and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement:
“Millions of American voters have lost confidence that our system of elections protects the right to vote, that their voice can be heard and vote counted fairly and openly, and that it won’t be diluted by unsecure, unverifiable, and quite frankly illegal voting practices susceptible to fraud, abuse, or mismanagement. Make no mistake, it should be easy to vote and hard to cheat in our elections, but the epidemic of eroded public trust and confidence in our elections is very real and the concerns of normal Americans who question whether participating in our democratic process is even worth it anymore are profoundly legitimate. But through continued diligence and commitment to protecting the integrity of our elections—and our rule of law—it can begin to be repaired.”
Polls show the majority of voters, including Black and Hispanic voters, as well as urban and independent voters, overwhelmingly support voter I.D. protections and want it to be easy to vote and hard to cheat.
The Election Transparency Initiative, a partnership between American Principles Project (APP) and the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), was organized to combat H.R. 1 and H.R. 4 and advocate for state-based election reforms that voters can trust.