Our nation's most recent U.S. Presidential Election continues to produce disturbing questions about the authenticity of the final outcome. However, as more states take steps to ensure vote integrity and remove fraud, hope is gradually being restored in the system.
In a democratic country founded on free and fair elections, it is critical. Tennessee has taken a huge step to help guarantee the authenticity of the actual absentee ballots in the Volunteer State. Between the Tennessee Senate and House, there was one dissenting vote cast out of the total 120 legislature ballots.
The Tennessee Senate passed Bill-1314 unanimously, 27-0. The final step is the expected signature from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee (R). Senate Bill-1314 was named the Tennessee Election Integrity Act.
It mandates that every Tennessee County must an approved watermark on every official absentee ballot. Sample ballots will not have a watermark. Other aspects of the Tennessee Election Integrity Act include additional signature safeguards beyond a simple electronic verification.
While the signature verification will still be considered, the watermark is now the final determiner of ballot authenticity. Absentee ballots that are rejected for any reason must have a handwritten official rejection on the rejected ballot.
Tennessee's new rules are a breath of fresh air for those battling against the radical progressive's attempts to erase virtually every stopgap measure to ensure vote integrity in the United States. Chalk up a win for common sense.
The original version of the Tennessee Election Integrity Act had nothing to do with watermarks. Instead, it addressed nongovernmental funding. If unamended, the act would’ve required elected officials’ approval for individuals, businesses, corporations, or political parties.
Those proposed regulations were advanced in another bill. While that bill originally prohibited nongovernmental funds outright, amendments softened its language to allow the funds under certain circumstances. State-level funds could be approved by the speakers of both the House and Senate; county-level funds could be approved by either the secretary of state or one of his designees. However, if the funds were purposed for items like pens, hand sanitizer, or other “nominal items,” then no approval would be necessary. That legislation passed in the Senate earlier this month, and in the House last week. It now heads to the governor’s desk.