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Tiffany Smiley: I’m running for Senate because there’s still so much worth fighting for

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On the most recent episode of “The Sara Carter Show” podcast, Republican Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley said she’s challenging Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) because the senator “has put Washington DC ahead of Washington state” and has “forgotten the struggle.” Murray was Washington state’s first female senator and has been in office for nearly 30 years. Smiley is the only Republican candidate in the race, thus far.

“I refuse to sit on the sidelines and watch my children’s future be diminished,” Smiley said. “We are a family that had been affected by bad policy.”

Sixteen years ago, Smiley’s husband Scotty lost his eyes in combat. During his recovery, the Smileys came to see that Veterans Affairs had many shortfalls. Smiley took her complaints straight to the White House. After fighting for attention on the issue she got customer service training for the VA and cut back on red tape around grants.

“In what other country could you stand up to the government to advocate for something better and see it happen?” Smiley said.

Smiley says while some might see her as an underdog, lately every senate race counts. “This race has national implications because we have a 50/50 senate,” Smiley said.

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There is ‘repeated evidence’ of non-citizens voting

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There is “repeated evidence” of non-citizens voting, Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said during an appearance on Breitbart News Daily, discussing the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act.

“Let me just say this about the overall state of the election issue,” Roy began, explaining that “we’ve got repeated evidence of those who are here illegally — or, or whether they’re here legally — but non-citizens voting.”

“We’ve got studies demonstrating that. We’ve got evidence that it may have tipped the election for Al Franken and his election back in Minnesota. Objective studies have showed…Virginia tossing out 1,500 registered voters just last year. I can go through a laundry list. We’ve got local jurisdictions — Oakland, San Francisco, our nation’s capital in Washington, DC, and New York City — who are registering voters specifically for their state and local elections, but we know that they don’t work hard to make sure they’re not voting in federal elections,” he said, noting that “federal law prohibits [and] limits the ability of states to be able to check and ensure citizenship, so much so that the state of Arizona has to run two systems — one for their state local elections and one for their federal elections.”

“They’re literally bifurcated because they want to ensure citizenship for their state and local elections, but they’re not allowed to for federal elections. Therefore, we need to fix the problem,” he said.

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Further, Roy said, because of the Motor Voter Act — the National Voter Registration Act — passed in the 1990s, the courts have interpreted federal laws to limit the state’s ability to “determine and collect the information necessary for determining and checking citizenship.”

Essentially, Roy said the U.S. has set up a system that requires federal agencies to push out the forms, encouraging individuals to register to vote. And while they ask one to identify if they are a citizen, and while federal law requires one to be a citizen to vote in federal elections, the congressman said there is nothing there to actually check citizenship.

The SAVE Act would help address these issues and correct what Roy described as the “glitch,” making it so every state would require anyone applying to register to vote to prove their citizenship.

“By doing that, though, it is correcting the glitch. It also goes through and it addresses some of the issues that have been complicated. There are states, for example, like North Dakota, which does not have voter registration at all, okay? So they can just show up to vote and don’t have registration…They have their own rules there about what you have to present in order just to vote. And that’s obviously a less populated state than, say, California or Texas or New York or Florida. But, so, we adapt and try to adjust to help with those kinds of situations. But, overall, the purpose of the bill is exactly as you just described, pretty simple,” Roy said. This is a bipartisan issue with massive support.

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