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International | May 12, 2021

Trump hails UK voter ID proposal as model for United States

International | May 12, 2021

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday touted a voter identification proposal in the United Kingdom as a model for what should be done in the United States.

Such voting reforms are necessary “so we never again have an election rigged and stolen from us,” Trump said in a statement, alluding to the 2020 election.

The announcement on Tuesday of a proposal to require U.K. voters to show a photo ID to vote was made as part of the “Queen’s Speech,” an address delivered by Queen Elizabeth II and prepared by the ruling party that lays out Parliament’s priorities. The speech is not meant to represent the queen’s own opinions…

(Excerpts from Washington Examiner)

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Arizona | May 11, 2021

13 Percent of Maricopa County Ballots Counted in Audit So Far: Official

Arizona | May 11, 2021

About 13 percent of the nearly 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County, Arizona in the 2020 election have been counted in an ongoing election audit, an official said Monday.

About 275,000 ballots have been reviewed so far by workers hired by companies tapped by the Arizona Senate, former Republican Secretary of State Ken Bennett told reporters at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The audit started on April 23. Workers take off Sundays. That means workers have processed about 20,000 ballots a day.

The firms, led by Florida-based Cyber Ninjas, are also inspecting machines used in the 2020 election.

Arizona’s Senate ordered the audit over election integrity concerns.

Democrat Joe Biden narrowly won Arizona over Republican Donald Trump. Many GOP voters and officials have alleged fraud occurred in Arizona and elsewhere. Republican Arizona Senate President Karen Fann has said she thinks the audit will uncover “irregularities.”..

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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Virginia | May 11, 2021

Investor Glenn Youngkin Wins Republican Nomination in Virginia Gubernatorial Race

Virginia | May 11, 2021

First-time candidate Glenn Youngkin was nominated on Monday by Republicans in Virginia’s gubernatorial race.

Youngkin, 54, defeated businessman Pete Snyder and six other candidates.

“I am prepared to lead, excited to serve, and profoundly humbled by the trust the people have placed in me. Virginians have made it clear that they are ready for a political outsider with proven business experience to bring real change in Richmond,” Youngkin said in a statement.

Republican delegates cast their votes at polling locations on May 8 and it took several days to tabulate the results.

Youngkin has touted his outsider status. He has said his real-world business experience will help him lead Virginia if he’s chosen by voters in November.

Among the policy stances he’s forwarded are opposition to critical race theory in schools and challenging Big Tech companies that censor conservatives…

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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Michigan | May 10, 2021

Antrim County Court Hearing on Monday: Judge to Decide Whether to Expand Audit or Shut the Case Down as Requested by Democrat Secretary of State

Michigan | May 10, 2021

Attorney Matthew DePerno is back in court on Monday. Attorney Matthew DePerno filed his latest finding in the Circuit Court for Antrim County on Friday.

Attorney DePerno also contends there was nearly 100% turnout between ages 65 and 80 in the county despite the threat of the coronavirus…

(Excerpts from the Gateway Pundit)

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District of Columbia | May 10, 2021

H.R. 1: A Religious Test for Redistricting?

District of Columbia | May 10, 2021

Tucked away in H.R. 1, a bill intended to enact sweeping election reforms, is a problematic religious test for public service—this time on redistricting commissions set up by the bill.

H.R. 1 requires states to establish a nonpartisan agency in the state legislature. This nonpartisan agency will establish an independent redistricting commission to organize electoral districts.

Section 2412 establishes eligibility criteria to serve on the redistricting commission. Any individual applying to serve on the redistricting commission must provide personal information, including:

The reason or reasons the individual desires to serve on the independent redistricting commission, the individual’s qualifications, and information relevant to the ability of the individual to be fair and impartial, including, but not limited to—

(I) any involvement with, or financial support of, professional, social, political, religious, or  community organizations or causes [emphasis added].

While it may appear minor, this is incredibly problematic because it suggests that religious affiliations may affect an individual’s ability to be impartial, and thereby may make them ineligible to serve on the commission. This is not only discriminatory, but also unconstitutional.

Article 6, Clause 3, of the U.S. Constitution states that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” This is a tradition that has protected religious believers from discrimination for centuries. It is critical that we preserve the integrity of this constitutional clause and refuse to allow religious tests to become enshrined in law through H.R. 1.

As cancel culture rages, it is easy to see how this provision will be utilized to target conservative Christians, whose biblical values are increasingly at odds with the culture’s embrace of certain favored ideologies. When Judge Amy Coney Barrett was chosen to be a Supreme Court Justice, the Left relentlessly called her eligibility for the office into question based on her informal affiliation with a Catholic prayer group…

(Excepts from FRC Blog)

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Texas | May 10, 2021

Conservative Hispanic Leaders Explain Why Texas Voters Are Shifting Republican

Texas | May 10, 2021

The Republican party in Texas is drawing Hispanic voters disillusioned by the Democratic party’s extreme values, two female Hispanic Republican leaders with Democratic backgrounds told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

South Texas saw both a liberal decline and a conservative surge during the 2020 election, the New York Times reported, a surge that has emboldened Republicans hoping to win in Latino communities throughout the United States. Hispanic female Republicans are stepping up to the plate, the publication reported.

“I am starting to see this need to connect with the Hispanic community and let them know nationwide that it’s the Republican party that offers opportunities,” Adrienne Pena-Garza (pictured above), chair of the Hidalgo County Republican Party, told the DCNF.

Pena-Garza grew up in Texas as the daughter of a Democratic state legislator who switched parties and became a Republican around 2010. Pena-Garza told the DCNF that her father’s community reacted very strongly to his switch, noting that he had been beloved as a Democrat but was treated with incivility as a Republican….

(Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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