(RepublicanNews.org) – Many Americans remain conflicted about the results of the 2020 presidential election. Numerous unresolved allegations of widespread voter fraud and improper ballot counting procedures remain, along with questions about the accuracy of voting machines manufactured by voting technology companies Smartmatic and Dominion. Dozens of lawsuits were filed in state and federal courts all the way up to the US Supreme Court. Yet, questions remain, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is speaking out about the issue.
Sen. Paul spoke out about safeguarding the nation’s elections during a virtual event hosted by the conservative think tank, The Heritage Foundation, on Tuesday, April 13. Of particular concern to him was the nation’s state and federal courts’ failure to hear former President Donald Trump’s election fraud claims.
As he explained, courts dismissed many of those lawsuits on procedural technicalities like standing. As a result, they didn’t hear the majority of the dozens of lawsuits filed by Trump and his supporters without ever considering their claims’ merits.
Paul insisted it would be untrue to say the “courts fully heard” Trump’s legal arguments. “[The] courts have been hesitant to get involved in elections,” he added.
How to Fix Elections Moving Forward
Sen. Paul didn’t just talk about the problems. He also discussed solutions to the nation’s elections at length. For one thing, the courts need to step up and determine whether state officials have the authority to change election laws without the consent of their respective state legislatures. Of particular concern is the expansion of mail-in ballot measures, supposedly enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Paul also said the states should pass election integrity laws restricting the powers of their secretaries of state. Far too many of them create new rules allowing election officials to mail out ballots without any oversight. Additionally, many of them altered vote-counting procedures and other election-related matters without legislative approval.
Free and fair elections are a right and not a privilege. As Paul pointed out, it’s high time the courts took a look at election irregularities to avoid problems in future elections.
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