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Pro-Trump organizers recount the ballots in Maricopa County, Ariz.

Cross-partisan study labels ongoing election audits an 'existential threat'

The continuing efforts to subvert the 2020 election results on behalf of former President Donald Trump, despite no evidence of widespread voter fraud, are damaging to democracy and costly to taxpayers, a new report found.

The so-called audits being organized by pro-Trump conspiracy theorists in several battleground states have "severe deficiencies in basic security, accuracy, reliability and transparency," according to a 30-page report, released Thursday.

Rather than being a partisan attempt to attack the audits, this report is the result of a cross-partisan collaboration between the left-leaning Brennan Center for Justice, center-right R Street Institute and nonpartisan Protect Democracy, an anti-authoritarian watchdog.

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President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans went to the Supreme Court in a fight over control of spending related to the Affordable Care Act.

Strengthening the system means putting power over the purse where it belongs

Lautz is a government affairs manager at the National Taxpayers Union, which advocates for fiscally conservative policies. Bydlak directs the budget policy work of the R Street Institute, a center-right think tank.

This is part of a series advocating for parts of legislation soon to be proposed in the House, dubbed the Protecting Our Democracy Act, designed to improve democracy's checks and balances by curbing presidential power.

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Some Republicans are seeking to eliminate the use of ballot drop boxes in future elections, among other restrictions.

Restricting vote by mail won't combat fraud, per conservative report

Restricting no-excuse absentee voting and banning drop boxes won't actually improve election integrity, despite the claims of many conservatives, according to a new study.

R Street Institute, a right-leaning public policy research organization, released a five-page report this week arguing against various state proposals aimed at restricting voting access. While the report says some proposed reforms deserve serious deliberation, others will only make it harder for people to vote.

More Americans than ever cast a ballot by mail in the 2020 election due to the Covid-19 pandemic, prompting some states to consider making no-excuse absentee voting and other ballot expansions permanent policies. However, 33 state legislatures are also considering more than 165 bills that would restrict voting access.

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