Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN) introduced an important new piece of legislation called the Save Democracy Act. This legislation has received the formal backing of the Republican Study Committee and addresses one of the top issue areas Chairman Banks has prioritized for the 117th Congress: Restoring Trust in Elections. Please find a statement below:
“The Republican Study Committee formally endorses the Save Democracy Act that would ensure free and fair federal elections in 2022, 2024 and the years to come. It is our duty to protect and uphold the democratic process and restore public trust in our election system.”
Chairman Jim Banks said: “This bill will restore the public’s trust that their vote is counted and their voice is heard.”
Chairman Banks's op-ed in the Washington Examiner: Democrats are shirking Congress's duty to preserve democracy
January 27th, FreedomWorks annouced their inaugural Bill of the Month for 2021 is the Save Democracy Act, H.R. 322:
- "This bill is a product of the House Republican Study Committee (RSC), and was introduced by their new Chairman, Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.). The Save Democracy Act would establish stricter guidelines for the administration of federal elections by the states to ensure that, moving forward, America can count on the integrity of our electoral process."
- A new bill set to be introduced in the House seeks to restore public confidence in the federal election process following a contentious 2020 election that has been marked by accusations of fraud by voters and several high-profile Republicans led by President Trump, Fox News has learned.
- EXCLUSIVE: A group of conservative House Republicans members are slamming Democrats' sweeping election reform bill, calling it "dangerous" and saying it will "further undermine faith" in elections.
Heritage Action Executive Director Jessica Anderson said: “I applaud Chairman Banks and members of the RSC for putting forward real solutions to help protect the integrity of our elections and the sanctity of the vote. The Save Democracy Act will protect against fraud, ensuring our next election is safer and more secure."
Rep. Rick Allen said: “Voting is the most important tool in which we shape our republic. Too many Americans have lost faith in the integrity of our elections, and it is incumbent on leaders at all levels to work together to implement safeguards to strengthen and restore faith in the process. The Save Democracy Act will help to ensure that only legal votes are counted through necessary reforms to registering voters, casting ballots and tabulating ballots.”
Rep. Kelly Armstrong said: “Ensuring integrity of elections is a cornerstone of our American republic. I strongly oppose federal control of our election process, and this bill enacts commonsense, limited reforms to federal election laws to ensure that the states have the tools needed to securely and fairly conduct our elections and restore faith in our democratic process.”
Rep. Jodey Arrington said: “Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our constitutional republic. We must restore America’s confidence in the integrity of our elections, which was seriously undermined by the weak and unreliable voting rules in the 2020 Presidential Election. The Save Democracy Act will protect states’ sovereignty while ensuring integrity for all through basic standards and safeguards in national elections.”
Rep. Ted Budd said: “The 2020 election exposed the need for wholesale reform of our elections. In the end, faith in our government is at stake. Faith in our institutions rests on whether or not people believe that their vote counts. The way to restore this faith is to demonstrate that we hear the American people’s concerns and act accordingly. Chairman Banks’ Save Democracy Act goes a long way to restore election integrity and I thank him for taking the lead on this.”
Rep. Kat Cammack said: “The Save Democracy Act will improve security and administration measures to protect the integrity of our electoral system. The 2020 presidential election revealed glaring weaknesses that must be addressed and this bill will take the necessary steps to make sure Americans have confidence in their sacred right to vote.”
Rep. Lance Gooden said: “Americans should have faith their legal vote isn’t being drowned out by ballots cast illegally. We must prevent any problems that occurred during the 2020 election from happening again.”
Rep. Kevin Hern said: “The Save Democracy Act will restore confidence in American elections and ensure that when you cast your vote, that vote is safe. After past elections, millions of Americans raised concerns about the security of their votes from attackers both foreign and domestic. Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire – even the appearance of corruption must be rooted out. These common-sense reforms would give Americans the assurance they need to vote with confidence and trust the results.”
Rep. Yvette Herrell said: “The Elections Clause of the U.S. Constitution empowers Congress to make or alter state election regulations at any time. The reforms included in the Save Democracy Act – from citizenship and voter verification requirements to ballot integrity measures – are essential to restoring Americans’ faith in the fairness of our elections.”
Rep. Ronny Jackson said: “As we look to heal from a tumultuous election cycle, election integrity will be a critical issue to address. We cannot allow our elections to become so clouded with doubt that distrust becomes the new norm. Congress must do its job to give Americans confidence in their vote and to crack down on opportunities for fraud. That is why I signed on as an original co-sponsor to the Save Democracy Act, which includes commonsense reforms to voter registration, ballot casting, and ballot tabulation processes in federal elections.”
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis said: “I’m proud to join Chairman Banks to push the Save Democracy Act that will secure voter registration, protect ballot casting and safeguard ballot tabulation. Nothing is more important than the integrity of our election system and it is past time for Congress to come together and work in a bipartisan fashion to improve it, eliminate irregularities and fraud and ensure that election security is no longer debated in the future.”
Rep. August Pfluger said: “The people of the 11th District of Texas demand secure and transparent elections. In that effort, I am proud to support the Save Democracy Act to address key failures in our electoral system including voter registration, ballot casting, and ballot counting. It is imperative that Congress moves to restore the faith in our democratic process and bring certitude to every American.”
Current List of Outside Group Support:
Heritage Action for America - Key Vote Cosponsorship
Independent Women's Forum
Family Policy Alliance
Association for Mature American Citizens