While Democrats and the Trump administration fight about the merits and safety of mail-in ballots, a judge in New Jersey had to order an entire redo of a local city council election because of voter fraud involving over 800 mail-in ballots. This news comes as the Trump re-election campaign announced a lawsuit against the state of New Jersey over its rash decision to utilize universal mail-in ballots, a method that leads to fraud unlike absentee ballots, which are far more secure.
Judge Ernest Caposela ruled Wednesday an entirely new election would be held for the Paterson City Council in November after the ‘winner’ of the May 12 election, Alex Mendez, was charged with voter fraud in June. The U.S. Postal Service’s law enforcement agency reported that hundreds of mail-in ballots were discovered in a Paterson mailbox. This led to the Passaic County Board of Elections eventually discounting 800 ballots.
Three other men, including Paterson Council Vice President Michael Jackson, have been charged with voter fraud. All four deny the allegations.
President Trump has cited this example as a reason to sue the state over its newly decided universal mail-in policy.
Donald J. Trump for President, the New Jersey Republican State Committee, and the Republican National Committee filed the lawsuit asking the NJ courts to overturn Governor Phil Murphy’s ruling to mail every single voter a ballot, and registration to eligible but not registered citizens.
“In his haste, the governor created a system that will violate eligible citizens’ right to vote,” the lawsuit states. “By ordering universal vote-by-mail, he has created a recipe for disaster. Fraudulent and invalid votes dilute the votes of honest citizens and deprive them of their right to vote in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
The Governor sticks by his ruling, telling CNN, “We mailed ballots to folks who were registered in either party. We mailed applications to those who weren’t. And we also provided in-person voting capacity at least 50% in each county and at least one location in each municipality. It was a success. Not perfect, but overwhelmingly a success.”
Trump has advocated for absentee voting, which requires a voter to request their ballot via the mail and some states require a reason be given as to why the voter can’t go in person, though most states have waived the need for an excuse during the pandemic.
Universal mail-in voting, however, creates a dangerous and fraud-heavy environment, as evidenced by this city council election, where every voter is sent a ballot regardless of their plans to vote in person. Frequently, deceased and ineligible people receive ballots that can easily be submitted.
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Eric Clapton Raises $2.2 Million for Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s Presidential Campaign
Rock and Roll and Blues legend Eric Clapton took center stage at a recent campaign fundraiser, raising an impressive $2.2 million for Democrat presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Clapton’s electrifying performance at a private concert in Los Angeles underscored his support for Kennedy’s primary campaign against President Biden, making headlines across the nation.
The event, which featured Clapton’s iconic guitar prowess and took place against the backdrop of a prominent Kennedy 2024 banner, was a resounding success, according to a campaign press release. According to reports from Fox News, of the $2.2 million raised, $1 million directly benefited Kennedy’s campaign, while the remaining $1.2 million bolstered a political action committee supporting the Democrat’s bid for the presidency.
Attendees eager to support Kennedy’s campaign invested a cool $6,600 per ticket, as reported by the Daily Mail, to witness Clapton’s musical artistry and to lend their support to the candidate. Kennedy expressed his deep gratitude to Clapton for his role in the event, emphasizing the unifying power of music in today’s divided society.
“I am deeply grateful to Eric Clapton for bringing his musical artistry and rebellious spirit to my gathering in Los Angeles last night,” Kennedy remarked in the press release. He added, “I sometimes think that in our divided society, it is music rather than any kind of intellectual agreement that has the most potential to bring us together again. Eric sings from the depths of the human condition.”
Kennedy also credited artists like Clapton for invoking faith in the limitless power of human beings to overcome obstacles and unite the nation. The campaign event not only showcased Clapton’s performance but also included a private dinner attended by Kennedy, his wife Cheryl Hines, Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills & Nash fame, and former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, I-Hawaii.
However, not everyone in attendance aligned with Kennedy’s presidential aspirations. Stephen Stills, who was initially present at the fundraiser, made it clear afterward that his support remained firmly behind President Biden. According to the Daily Beast, Stills issued a statement through a spokesperson, affirming his allegiance to the incumbent president.
“I support President Biden,” Stills declared. “I was there as a guest to support Eric Clapton, who performed.”
The event served as a notable intersection of music, politics, and fundraising, underlining the influential role that artists and musicians can play in shaping the political landscape and contributing to presidential campaigns.
With Kennedy’s campaign coffers significantly bolstered by Clapton’s performance, the 2024 presidential race continues to garner attention and financial support from a diverse array of donors and influencers.
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