A Republican congressman believes it “it goes without saying” that a person needs to be alive to cast a legal vote in America.
And Rep. Brian Babin of Texas is following through with what would once be seen as an “unnecessary” bill prohibiting dead people from voting in U.S. elections. The GOP lawmaker introduced the “You Must Be Alive to Vote Act” last week following allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
“You would think it would be unnecessary to have a bill like this, I mean it goes without saying you should be alive before you get to vote,” Babin told One America News Network.
“We’ve uncovered some fraudulent plans to register a bunch of dead people to vote down in South Florida, and it’s the easiest thing in the world for these local counties to purge their voter list of deceased individuals,” he added. “All they have to do is to go to the Social Security system and cross-check against their deceased Social Security recipients on their list and then purge them off of the voter list.”
I’m leading the effort in Congress to put a stop to people illegally casting ballots using the names of the deceased.
My bill, the You Must Be Alive to Vote Act, guarantees this type of voter fraud is never successful.
Without election integrity – our democracy will fail. pic.twitter.com/7iSZQNK1A9
— Brian Babin (@RepBrianBabin) December 4, 2020
“The right to vote is one of the most vital pillars of our democracy, the foundations of which are election integrity and confidence in our democratic processes,” Babin said in a statement.
“The ease with which someone is able to steal the ballot of a deceased person and cast an illegitimate vote should disturb, alarm, and outrage every American citizen, no matter what side of the aisle they sit on,” he added. “To protect our democratic process and Americans’ faith in our elections, we must ensure that deceased individuals are not allowed to remain on state voter rolls.”
The congressman, who is the Ranking Member of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, suggested withholding funds to any states that do not purge voter records annually.
“My bill will prevent any funds from the U.S. Departments of Transportation or Education, with the exception of those going toward law enforcement agency grants, from going to counties of any state that do not annually check their voter lists against the Social Security Administration’s most recent death records in order to purge them of any individuals found to be deceased,” Babin said, according to his website.
The ease w/ which someone is able to steal the ballot of a deceased person & cast an illegitimate vote should disturb, alarm & outrage every American citizen, no matter what side of the aisle they sit on.
I’m fighting to ensure this no longer happens. https://t.co/RvTSmuAXUI
— Brian Babin (@RepBrianBabin) December 2, 2020
“All elected officials, from your local city council member to your U.S. President, have an obligation to obey the law and prevent fraud in our elections,” he added. “And Congress should not be awarding taxpayer dollars to any counties or states that refuse to do the job they swore to do.”
President Donald Trump’s lawyers argued in a Nevada state courtroom in Carson City last week that tens of thousands of votes in the state should be thrown out due to alleged fraud, including from 1,500 voters who were listed as deceased by the Social Security Administration.
“Everyone in this Congress — everyone in this country — should want an assurance that dead people are not voting,” Babin told OAN.
“And we don’t have that assurance right now because so many of these voter lists have just not been updated, whether it’s intentional, and whether it’s laziness, indolence or just, you know, nonchalance,” he explained. “We need to make sure that these voter lists are accurate and that deceased individuals are not on their voting.”
“This is not a Republican bill,” he noted, saying there should be a “bipartisan effort to make this election process a lot more transparent.”
“We have an enormous number of individuals in this country that don’t trust the election process. Not good,” the GOP congressman said.