Distressed and disgusted by reports of dead people voting in our elections, Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) has introduced a radical piece of new legislation meant to solidify a law that should already be taken with the utmost seriousness. The purpose of the bill is perfectly outlined in the name Babin chose: The “You Must Be Alive to Vote Act.”
This isn’t just an attempt to troll cheating Democrats, mind you; Babin’s bill would “require States to obtain information from Social Security Administration on deaths for purposes of voter registration list maintenance, and for other purposes.”
We’re sure it’s only a matter of time before some enlightened leftist accuses Babin of trying to “suppress” the vote of the dead. If they haven’t included “deadism” yet in their catalogue of bigoted sins, we’re sure it’s only a matter of time.
“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. 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.
“My bill,” he continued, “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. 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, and Congress should not be awarding taxpayer dollars to any counties or states that refuse to do the job they swore to do.”
How fundamental the problem of “dead people voting” is to the security of our elections is in some dispute, but the bigger point here is to hold states accountable for culling and maintaining their voter rolls. When states do not practice this discipline, that’s when you open the door for all manner of fraud. If these states understand that they are going to lose out on federal money if they’re found derelict in this respect, maybe they’ll do a better job of keeping up.
Not that this bill has any chance of passing the Pelosi-led House in the first place.