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Telemundo poll: 66% of U.S. Spanish speakers think Trump won the debate

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According to a new Telemundo poll, 66% of Spanish-speaking Americans believe that President Donald Trump came out on top in Tuesday night’s presidential debate against former Vice President Joe Biden, Newsweek reports.

Among participants, the Spanish-language television network’s post-debate poll found that 66% of them thought that Trump won the first of three presidential debates while only 34% felt that Biden performed better. However, considering how soon after the debate this poll was conducted and how a network polling its viewers are not always representative of the full demographic, a healthy dose of skepticism is warranted.

While the direct cause for these results is unclear, it is worth noting that both candidates’ campaigns have been heavily targeting Latino voters.

Notably, Biden spoke at a Hispanic Heritage Month event in Florida on September 15, where he was accused of being tone-deaf for playing the hit Latin pop song “Despacito” from his cell phone into the mic. Meanwhile, Trump has been ramping up his outreach through his group “Latinos for Trump.”

If this poll is indeed accurate, it would signify a dramatic shift from the September 20 Wall Street Journal/NBC/Telemundo poll, which found that 62% of registered Latino voters backed Biden compared to Trump’s 26%. 12% remained undecided, according to the same poll.

While Latinos as a whole tend to vote for Democrats, certain subgroups buck this trend. Cuban Americans in particular, who are mostly clustered throughout South Florida, reliably vote Republican. The mainstream explanation for why Cuban Americans vote this way is because most of them fled Fidel Castro’s brutal communist dictatorship in the late 1950s and the decades since, making them hold strong anti-communist and anti-socialist beliefs.

By happenstance, Latinos comprise a significant amount of voters in many of this election’s swing states, which has made their votes this time around more highly prized by both campaigns.

Some of these competitive states with large Latino populations are Florida, Texas, Nevada, and Arizona. Therefore it’s within the realm of reason that Latino voters could potentially decide whether these states, which are expected to be won by razor-thin margins, will go red or blue.

Until more thorough polls are published, likely by the end of this week, the numerical impact of Tuesday night’s debate will remain up for speculation.

The election’s only vice-presidential debate—between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris—is scheduled for next Wednesday (Oct. 7) in Salt Lake City, Utah, and it will air from 9 to 10:30pm (Eastern Standard Time). The second presidential debate will happen Wednesday, October 17 in Miami between 9 and 10:30pm (Eastern Standard Time).

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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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