Republican state officials want to make sure 2020 voting changes are temporary

Republican state officials want to make sure 2020 voting changes are temporary


A swath of changes to voting rules meant to accommodate the COVID-19 pandemic should not become permanent, say a group of state Republican officials.

The Republican State Leadership Committee, which focuses on Republican legislators and secretaries of state, launched a commission to study reforms that “make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented challenges and exposed that our election processes are far from perfect,” said Michigan state Sen. Ruth Johnson, a co-chair of the commission, in a statement Wednesday. “The good news is that states are truly the laboratories of democracy, and we can all learn from what others do well as we try to provide assistance to the leaders across the country that are spearheading the effort to reform our elections.”

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The commission will focus on creating best practices recommendations for issues such as ensuring accuracy in voter rolls, speeding up the canvassing process so that votes are counted without

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