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‘The year of the Republican woman’: Record-Breaking Number of GOP Women elected to Congress

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This election is unprecedented and record-breaking for a whole plethora of reasons. However, one story that has been lost in all the ongoing presidential-race chaos is that a record number of female Republican candidates for both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have been elected.

“This was a huge success,” said Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY, who led the effort to get more GOP women to run for Congress, on Fox & Friends Thursday. “The story of the 2020 Congressional elections is this is the year of the Republican woman. We are going to increase our ranks. There will be more Republican women serving in the United States Congress than ever before in our nation’s history. And this was a real effort that I led to recruit and support and invest in these incredible women.”

These women follow in the footsteps of their Democratic counterparts back in the 2018 midterms, who elected a record number of women to the lower house of Congress. With millions of ballots still being counted, at least 12 new GOP women will call the House their place of employment for the next couple of years, according to Reagan McCarthy of Townhall. This all goes without mentioning the 10 incumbents that have won re-election so far.

By the estimates of Politico’s Ally Mutnick, we’ll see at least 22 GOP female House reps at the start of the next Congress in January.

The Senate races that GOP women won—or are currently leading in—saw incumbents win for the most part; those states being Maine (Sen. Susan Collins), Mississippi (Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith), Iowa (Sen. Joni Ernst), and West Virginia (Sen. Shelley Moore Capito). The only new female member of the Senate GOP will be former Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis, who handily but unsurprisingly won in deep-red Wyoming.

Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed to fill a vacant seat, is currently facing a brutal and crowded special election. Ballots in the state are still being counted, so the results are not yet official. At the time of publication, she is trailing her Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock by over six points but neither candidate is remotely close to having 50% of the vote. More likely than not, there will ultimately be a runoff election between her and Warnock—and it will be one of the most contentious, if not the most contentious, Senate race in the country as Democrats try to erode the Republicans’ majority in the upper chamber.

Sen. Martha McSally, who was appointed to fill the vacancy of the late Sen. John McCain and his appointed successor Sen. Jon Kyl, also faced a special election. The odds were not in McSally’s favor, however, losing by slim margins to astronaut Mark Kelly in a landmark defeat for Republicans in a once-reliable state.

The Republican Party has historically had trouble appealing to women voters, something which has grown markedly worse in recent years under President Donald Trump. Amidst some chatter about Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) possibly climbing up the House GOP leadership ladder after the election and maybe even becoming the Speaker of the House down the line, and this new crop of congresswomen and senators, this could potentially be a turning point for the Republican Party as its future—unclear as it is—is being shaped as we speak.

As the election soldiers on, more House and Senate races will be called and the more we will know about the make-up of the 117th United States Congress.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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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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