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Election 2020: Arizona certifies its results, declaring Biden victory in the state

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Officials in the swing state of Arizona on Monday officially certified its presidential election results, confirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the state over President Donald Trump.

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), Gov. Doug Ducey (R), Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R), and Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court Robert Brutinel (R) all attended the event to sign the documents officially declaring that Biden had won the Grand Canyon State by 10,000 votes. While Trump continues to challenge the results and refuses conceding the election, Hobbs and Ducey at the election officiation event both stated that their state’s election was accurate and secure.

“Despite the unprecedented challenges, Arizonans showed up for our democracy,” Hobbs said.

“Every Arizona voter has my thanks and should know that they can stand proud that this election was conducted with transparency, accuracy and fairness in accordance with Arizona’s laws and elections procedures despite numerous unfounded claims to the contrary,” Hobbs added.

“The system is strong, and that is why I have bragged on it so much,” Ducey also said.

This follows a pair of Trump’s attorneys, Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis, recently taking part in an unofficial hearing organized by some Arizona GOP lawmakers. The two pressed the swing state to ignore certifying the results and have the Republican-controlled state legislature appoint its own delegation of Electoral College electors, but legal scholars have heavily scrutinized such an action and doubt that this move would hold up legally.

So far, Trump’s legal challenges have been unsuccessful in changing the results of the divisive presidential election.

This election carries historical significance, in that Arizona has only chosen a Democrat for president once since 1972, which was back in 1996 when then-incumbent President Bill Clinton easily defeated Senate Republican Leader Bob Dole.

Additionally, officials certified the results of the U.S. Senate race, which confirmed astronaut Mark Kelly’s (D) victory over incumbent Sen. Martha McSally (R), who was appointed in 2019 to fill the vacant position after the death of longtime Sen. John McCain (R). Kelly is also the husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shot and almost died in a 2011 assassination attempt that saw six people killed.

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New York City Dems Push Law to Allow 800,000 Non-Citizens to Vote in Municipal Elections

The New York City Council will vote on December 9 on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections

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New York’s Democratic party is battling over the constitutionality of voter laws. On December 9, the New York City Council will vote on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections.

“Around 808,000 New York City residents who have work permits or are lawful permanent residents would be eligible to vote under the legislation, which has the support of 34 of 51 council members, a veto-proof majority” reports Fox News.

“It’s important for the Democratic Party to look at New York City and see that when voting rights are being attacked, we are expanding voter participation,” Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, a sponsor of the bill and Democrat who represents the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, told the New York Times. Rodriguez immigrated from the Dominican Republic and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

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Laura Wood, Chief Democracy Officer for the mayor’s office, said at a hearing on the bill in September that the law could violate the New York State Constitution, which states that voters must be U.S. citizens age 18 or older.

Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated he could veto the bill following the September hearing.
“We’ve done everything that we could possibly get our hands on to help immigrant New Yorkers—including undocumented folks—but…I don’t believe it is legal,” de Blasio told WNYC radio at the time.

Mayor-elect Eric Adams, however, submitted testimony to the September hearing in favor of the bill. “In a democracy, nothing is more fundamental than the right to vote and to say who represents you and your community in elected office…Currently, almost one million New Yorkers are denied this foundational right.”

The legislation was first introduced two years ago, but had not yet gained traction due to the legal concerns.

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