In a we-should-not-have-to-say-this moment, U.S. Congressman Brian Babin from Texas introduces a new bill, the You Must Be Alive to Vote Act. H.R.8830 would require States to obtain information from Social Security Administration on deaths for purposes of voter registration list maintenance, and for other purposes.

“My bill will prevent any funds from the U.S. Departments of Transportation or Education, with the exception of those going toward law enforcement agency grants, from going to counties of any state that do not annually check their voter lists against the Social Security Administration’s most recent death records in order to purge them of any individuals found to be deceased. All elected officials, from your local city council member to your U.S. President, have an obligation to obey the law and prevent fraud in our elections, and Congress should not be awarding taxpayer dollars to any counties or states that refuse to do the job they swore to do.