EXCLUSIVE: ‘Free, Fair And Honest’: Former Trump Spokesperson Praises States’ New Election Laws

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that all seven red states in favor of prohibiting “Zuckerbucks” moved from red to green on the new election map. This has been fixed.

  • The America First Policy Institute’s Center for Election Integrity (CEI) praised seven states for recently passing election integrity laws in a new report.
  • Former Trump spokesperson and CEI director Hogan Gidley discussed the report with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
  • “People are always concerned with the outcomes of these elections because the faith, trust and confidence in the election process has been eroded for years in this country,” he told the DCNF.

Former Trump spokesperson Hogan Gidley praised seven states for protecting election integrity in an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Seven states are being praised by the America First Policy Institute’s (AFPI) Center For Election Integrity (CEI) in a new report for recent legislative efforts to prevent voter fraud. Hogan Gidley (CEI director) explained the significance of this report in an interview with Daily Caller News Foundation.

You want fair, free and honest elections – people from both the right and left complain about elections since decades. Gidley spoke to the DCNF. “People are always concerned with the outcomes of these elections because the faith, trust and confidence in the election process has been eroded for years in this country.”

CEI developed a color-coded, interactive, online map to rate states across three key areas of voter protection measures that make it harder to cheat. These include photo ID requirements to vote and a ban on ballot harvesting. They also require that voters return their ballots by Election Day.

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” Eighty-five per cent of Americans want their voters to show that they’re who they claim they are by providing photo ID when casting a vote. Not voter identification. Gidley said that photo identification is not acceptable. Gidley stated that voting using an electric or water bill is not acceptable to the majority of voters. You can’t do it.” (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: House Administration Republicans Demand Answers From Fulton County Over Allegedly Shredded Ballot Applications)

A voter fills in her ballot as her child tries to put a snack on a table at a school cafeteria being used as a polling location on election day in McLean, Virginia on November 2, 2021. Virginians cast ballots on Tuesday to elect their next governor. This is a first-ever test for President Joe Biden’s brand. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

The report singled out Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Utah. CEI stated that the laws passed by the states “now better protect every legally cast vote and each legal voter The U.S. Constitution grants the right and responsibility for the state legislatures, to determine the place and time of conducting elections.” Gidley added. “So what works in Montana may not work in Massachusetts, may not work in Mississippi, may not work in Maine.”

CEI also rates the states on whether they have banned private money from being illegally used to influence public elections – something commonly referred to as “Zuckerbucks.” That nickname references an estimated $420 million Mark Zuckerberg of Meta (Facebook) allegedly poured into the 2020 election.

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Yellow colored states have voting protection laws, while green-colored states have those laws under the CEI key. There is an additional notation of black lines in some states that indicate where laws were on the books but were not followed in the 2020 election. The states marked red represent states that offer little or no voter protection. CEI’s report highlighted some states in which governors had vetoed important election integrity laws passed by their legislatures. Pennsylvania’s governor, for example, vetoed legislation that promoted comprehensive reform in election integrity, which included auditing and evaluation of voting machines, regulation of mail-in ballots and increased penalties for fraud.

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