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GOP group’s proposal would ban unrequested ballots, ‘pauses’ in ballot-counting

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - A Republican caucus on Capitol Hill led by U.S. Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana is introducing legislation that would require the verification of citizenship for those registering to vote and prohibit "pauses in ballot-counting."

The Republican Study Committee includes as members many of the congressmen who last week objected to the recognition of some electors during certification.

Banks is the chairman of the group.

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“This bill will restore the public’s trust that their vote is counted and their voice is heard," Banks said in a statement introducing the act.

Reviews conducted by local, state and federal agencies have not supported allegations of widespread fraud or misconduct, and dozens of lawsuits filed on behalf of the Trump campaign have been unsuccessful.

Several polls, however, show that a majority of Republican voters believe the election was "stolen" from Pres. Trump, and a raid on the U.S. Capitol was fueled by that sentiment.

Democrats have proposed their own measures

A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) focuses on voting rights concerns and ballot access.

It was originally presented in 2019 and is once again receiving attention.

"It has become clear that we must shore up the defenses of our democracy by expanding access to the franchise, empowering the voices of everyday Americans in our elections, and upholding strong ethical standards in government. H.R. 1 contains reforms that address all three pillars," said Karen Hobert Flynn, the president of the activist group "Common Cause."

READ: Text of the "Save Democracy Act" proposed by the RSC

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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