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GOP Takes Back Virginia and Winsome Sears Makes History as First Lieutenant Governor Woman of Color

Virginia has spoken at the polls and elected Republican candidate Winsome Sears as Lieutenant Governor and Glenn Youngkin as Governor



Virginia has spoken at the polls and elected Republican candidate Winsome Sears as Lieutenant Governor and Republican Glenn Youngkin as Governor. Sears, 57, will become the first Black woman to win a statewide office in Virginia.

Sears beat Democratic candidate Hala Ayala with over 51% of the vote as of late Tuesday. Ayala is a native Virginian in the House of Delegates, and identifies as Afro-Latina, with roots in North Africa, El Salvador, Lebanon, and Ireland. Sears ran her campaign on creating more jobs, lowering taxes and strengthening state schools. Ayala focused on affordable healthcare.

Winsome Sears

Winsome Sears

A former Marine, Sears emigrated to the United States when she was a child from Jamaica. Her resume includes being the director of a Salvation Army homeless shelter, served a single term in Virginia’s House of Delegates from 2002 to 2004, was vice president of the Virginia Board of Education, and owns an appliance and plumbing repair store in Virginia.

Sears was the first Black Republican, first female military veteran, and the first naturalized US citizen to serve in the legislative body. She also beat out the 20-year Democratic incumbent of Virginia’s 90th District, William Robinson. Instead of seeking re-election in her seat, she unsuccessfully ran for Virginia’s 3rd congressional district in Congress against longtime Democratic representative Bobby Scott.

Sears also served as the national chairperson for the Black Americans to Re-Elect President Trump; a position that may have helped her in her win as she touted it often on the campaign trail.

Business Insider reports “Sears ran alongside Glenn Youngkin, Virginia’s new governor-elect, and Republican Del. Jason Miyares, the state’s new attorney general-elect. Ayala was on a ticket with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring.”

“These three statewide races posed the most significant electoral test yet of the Democratic party’s strength in the commonwealth since President Joe Biden took office in January.”

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  1. Laurence

    November 4, 2021 at 12:05 am

    “Ayala is a native Virginian in the House of Delegates, and identifies as Afro-Latina.”

    It would be nice if she’d identify as “American”.

  2. Mark Richardson

    November 4, 2021 at 2:56 am


    • Ragnar Bruno

      November 7, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      Enough of the first back woman stuff.
      Anyone can see she is an incredibly substantial woman.
      If she performs, she’s destined for bigger things.

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GOP bill proposes extra measures to ensure noncitizens are unable to vote in federal elections



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GOP members of both the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill to add safeguards to ensure that non U.S. citizens who are already prohibited from voting in federal elections, do not do so. The bill seeks to amend the National Voter Registration Act to require documentary proof of United States citizenship to register to vote.

The Center Square reports that It would require states to obtain proof of citizenship – in person – when registering an individual to vote. Applicants would have to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote in person, when applying for a motor vehicle license, and when applying to vote by mail. The bill lists accepted citizenship documentation and requirements for voter registration agencies.

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, led a coalition of 49 Republicans to introduce the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act in the U.S. House. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, with several cosponsors, introduced the same bill in the Senate.

Citing the border crisis and the greatest number of foreign nationals illegally entering the country in U.S. history, the measure’s supporters expressed alarm that instead of being deported, many are being registered to vote.

“There is currently an unprecedented and a clear and present danger to the integrity of our election system,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said. “And that is the threat of non-citizens and illegal aliens voting in our elections. In the last five and a half months or so, I’ve been to over 101 cities doing events all around the country in more than half the states. The first or second question that I’m asked in every public forum is about election security. Americans are deeply concerned about this. And it doesn’t matter where you live or whether you’re in a blue state or a red state, everyone’s concerned.”

Johnson blamed President Joe Biden and his administration’s policies for for what he described as widespread concern about election integrity.

“… we now have so many non-citizens in the country that if only one out of 100 of those voted, they would cast hundreds of thousands of votes,” the speaker added. “And since our elections are so razor thin in these days that we’re in, just a few precincts in a few states decide the makeup of Congress and who is elected to the White House. This is a dangerously high number, and it’s a great concern to millions and millions of Americans. It could obviously change the outcome of our elections, and this is not an empty threat or concern.”

It is already a federal crime for non-citizens to vote in a federal election. Despite this, Johnson said, “no current mechanism to ensure only those registering or voting are actually citizens. … If a nefarious actor wants to intervene in our elections, all they have to do is check a box on a form and sign their name. That’s it. That’s all that’s required. And there’s a very small chance that illegal would get caught [because] states do not have the election infrastructure in place to confirm what they’ve said.”

Johnson said noncitizens “can simply go to their local welfare office or the DMV and register to vote there,” adding that “states are currently prohibited from asking someone to prove that they’re a citizen when they use the federal voter registration form.”

He also gave examples of “a growing number of localities” that are “blurring the lines for non-citizens by allowing them to vote in municipal local elections.

“You might not know this, but non-citizens are voting,” he warned Americans. “Democrats have expressed a desire to turn on citizens and voters. That’s what this open border has been all about.”

Roy said the proposed SAVE Act “would thwart Democrat efforts to cement one-party rule by upholding and strengthening current law that permits only U.S. citizens to vote in Federal elections.”

Lee said the bill should “pass right away” and unanimously in both houses of Congress. “The only reason to oppose this … would be if you want noncitizens to vote.”

It also would create a new program requiring the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration to share information with state registration systems. States would be required to identify noncitizens attempting to register to vote by accessing data in DHS’ Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program and the SSA’s Social Security Number Verification Service. The information would be compared with data from state agencies that supply state identification cards or driver’s licenses.

The bill also would require states to remove non-citizens from existing voter rolls and increases federal penalties for those who register non-citizens to vote in federal elections.



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