March 08, 2022

Is Your Vote Protected? Is Your Vote Secure?

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The America First Policy Institute’s Center for Election Integrity today unveiled a new color-coded, interactive online map that allows Americans to see how secure voting laws are in every state.

“The goal is simple. Make it easy to vote and hard to cheat,” said Ken Blackwell, Chair of the Center for Election Integrity and former Ohio Secretary of State. “Every American should look at this map and click on their state to see if they have laws in place that ensure safe and secure elections.”

The Center for Election Integrity developed its easy Red, Yellow, and Green rating system based on four key election safeguards currently enacted into state law:

  1. Strong photo ID requirement for voting;
  2. Ban on ballot harvesting;
  3. Requirement that ballots be received by Election Day, with limited exceptions; and
  4. Ban use of private money by government election offices for election activities, known as “Zuckerbucks.”

RED STATES (27):  No key voter protection laws in place; many more significant measures are needed:

Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.

YELLOW STATES (15): Some key voter protection laws in place, but more measures are needed:

Arizona, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

GREEN STATES (8): Key voter protections in place:

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, and Louisiana.

The map also denotes the four states with key voter protection laws for the 2020 election, but those laws were not followed or changed without going through state legislatures. Additional information on those states and the rating methodology can be found here.

“It is astonishing to see just how many states don’t have key laws in place that protect every legally cast vote and every legal voter. When you consider how popular election integrity measures are with a vast majority of Americans, working to ensure free, fair, and honest elections is good politics and good policy. This map will help educate everyone about the laws a state has and needs moving forward. After all, one illegal vote is one too many,” said Hogan Gidley, Director of the Center for Election Integrity.

The Center for Election Integrity is working to educate local stakeholders across the Nation on what measures will help restore the faith, trust, and confidence in our elections that has been in steep decline for decades.