Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-06) re-introduced the Election Official Integrity Act, a bill to prevent chief state election officials from participating in federal campaigns and prohibit the use of official authorities to impact elections. The bill is part of H.R 1, the For the People Act.

“Just like it would be wrong to have a player referee a game, it is wrong for election officials to participate in federal campaigns. Our elections are too important and too valuable to the foundation of our democracy to risk even the appearance of impropriety,” McBath said. “The Election Official Integrity Act is a common-sense next step toward restoring the American people’s confidence in our electoral process. It’s my hope that legislatures across our nation will introduce similar measures to help ensure that all elections are clean and fair for all Americans.”

The Election Official Integrity Act would prohibit chief election officials from participating in campaigns for candidates seeking federal office, making it unlawful for these officials to serve on a campaign committee, be involved with campaign fundraising, or use their official authority to affect the result of a federal election. It would also require these election officials to recuse themselves if they or their immediate family members run for office in an election they would otherwise oversee.