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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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However the election goes, Washington is going to look a little different in January

Organizer: R Street Institute

The election has concluded, and in January both the White House and Congress are going to look a little different.

Join us for a post-election meeting of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, where we will talk with a number of R Street scholars—across a number of policy areas—on how last week's results will impact their policy work and what issues they see are ripe for reform in the next year.

Location: Webinar

Election 2020: Setting Expectations and Debunking Myths

Organizer: R Street Institute

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted American life in many ways and will certainly also impact the 2020 election. In fact, in order to socially distance and avoid unnecessary contact with others, record-shattering numbers of Americans may vote absentee.

The specter of an election relying heavily on absentee voting has brought with it many misconceptions, myths and simple misunderstandings. People fear that absentee voting is rife with fraud, and they're concerned that we may not know who won the election on election night, week or perhaps even month.

Join R Street's Marc Hyden, James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Law School Nate Persily, Senior Counsel for the Brennan Center's Democracy Program Liz Howard and Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman as they set some expectations and debunk myths surrounding the 2020 election cycle in our upcoming webinar.

Location: Webinar

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