Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) has joined forces with Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) in introducing a measure to strengthen the integrity of American elections, which would ultimately require states institute certain election procedures — including a ban on ballot harvesting and video surveillance of absentee ballot drop boxes — in order to qualify for funding under the Help America Vote Act of 2002.
Kelly unveiled on Tuesday H.R. 8753, the Protect Election Integrity Act of 2020, which serves as the House companion piece to Hawley’s legislation in the Senate. The Pennsylvania lawmaker’s proposal would amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002, which provides funding to states “to improve election administration and replace outdated voting systems” and creates “minimum standards for states to follow in several key areas of election administration.”
Kelly’s proposal would require states to adhere to “certain election procedures” to qualify for the funding. Those procedures include passing laws