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GOP Rep. Chip Roy leads charge for election integrity

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 15: U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) listens during a House Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee hearing on confronting white supremacy at the U.S. Capitol on May 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. During the hearing, subcommittee members and witnesses discussed the impact on the communities most victimized and targeted by white supremacists. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 15: U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) listens during a House Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee hearing on confronting white supremacy at the U.S. Capitol on May 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. During the hearing, subcommittee members and witnesses discussed the impact on the communities most victimized and targeted by white supremacists. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 15: U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) listened during a House Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee hearing on confronting white supremacy at the U.S. Capitol on May 15, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) is among a group of House GOP lawmakers leading the charge for election reform. They’re calling on state legislatures to implement a series of changes that would ensure the voting process is safe and secure in every state.

It’s part of a push to counter a sweeping election overhaul bill passed in the House, despite little chance of getting the 60 votes needed to pass in the Senate.

“Unfortunately my Democrat colleagues in Washington, as well as the Biden administration are jamming through this ridiculous H.R.1 bill, which is really nothing more than a big, federal power grab,” Roy stated.

Roy, along with many other GOP lawmakers, warned the bill would worsen problems already plaguing our elections. That includes increasing ballot harvesting and paper mail-in ballots, while diminishing the use of voter ID requirements among other issues.

The growing calls for action by Republican lawmakers came as the Biden administration took the executive path to promote voting access.

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - JULY 14: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Chase Center July 14, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden delivered remarks on his campaign's 'Build Back Better' clean energy economic plan. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – JULY 14: Joe Biden spoke at the Chase Center July 14, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

 

“A landmark piece of legislation that is urgently needed to protect the right to vote and the integrity of our elections, and to repair and strengthen our democracy,” Joe Biden said.

Biden’s order directed federal agencies to expand access to voter registration and election information. It also called for time off for federal employees to vote or volunteer as poll workers.

Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers are praising states like Georgia and Texas for passing legislation that improves voter rolls, and they’re not stopping there.

“I’ve got a bill here in Washington I’m going to introduce next week I believe, hopefully maybe even late this week, to require that DHS work with states to ensure that only American citizens are voting in our elections,” Roy said.

Reforms to paper ballot usage is also at the top of the GOP agenda.

Roy said lawmakers should embrace limiting mail-in ballots to people who need them, requiring signature matching and require the use of voter ID laws.

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