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The Iowa Standard joined Sen. Chuck Grassley’s “Capitol Hill Report” on Wednesday morning.

We asked Sen. Grassley what could be done in terms of election integrity at the federal level.

“It looks like Biden is going to be our President and I would hope that Trump would stay active. If he wants to run again, I guess I wouldn’t help him make that decision, but if he ran again I’d help him to get re-elected. I’m not going to worry about those things until about 2023.

“But I would hope that he would stay active for two reasons. One, he could be a spokesman for what we would call the loyal opposition if you were in a parliamentary government in Europe — somebody loses an election, they still head their party, they still can still speak for a large number of the voters even though they came up short. So, he could be speaking and commenting on how he thinks Biden’s ideas are good or bad and focus peoples’ attention on what the voice of the Republican Party would be.

“And then secondly, and even more importantly, since we have 50 different states making 50 different laws and courts stepped in and overrode a lot of state laws set by the legislature because of the pandemic, we’ve got to get those laws straightened so that particularly absentee votes, that we know that there’s a process in place to make sure that the ballot is cast and mailed in by a legal voter and it’s counted. And any illegal votes are not counted. And that’s how you build confidence in the election. But when you go face to face with people in a voting booth to vote on Election Day, then you’re pretty sure that it’s not going to be illegal. But when you have these mail-in ballots, you don’t do it. And I would hope that the President would lead a nationwide review of all laws with absentee voting to make sure that they were legally cast.”

Author: Jacob Hall