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When should voters expect to hear results from battleground states?

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With millions of votes still being counted, we are waiting for results from some key states before a 2020 presidential winner can be declared.

It was expected for some states to take much longer to count their ballots than others for reasons such as historic levels of mail-in voting, a possible record turnout of voters, a pandemic and the threat of post-election lawsuits.

It has yet to be announced who will win the crucial electoral votes in Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

In three key states, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, election officials were not allowed to begin processing absentee ballots until on or just before Election Day.

Georgia

Fulton County, Georgia, which includes Atlanta and is the state’s largest county, had counted all in-person votes and stopped counting mail-in ballots for the evening by 10:30 p.m. ET Tuesday.

“Officials plan to resume counting the absentee ballots Wednesday at 8 a.m.,” Fulton County spokeswoman Jessica Corbitt said.

Michigan

Jocelyn Benson, Michigan’s Secretary of State, is confident they will be able to declare a winner within the state Wednesday afternoon.

In a tweet earlier Wednesday morning, Benson said, “hundreds of thousands of ballots in our largest jurisdictions are still being counted including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint, Warren & Sterling Heights.”

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Nevada

In Nevada, which Democrat Hillary Clinton won by a slight margin in 2016, the counting of mail-in votes in populous Clark County stopped overnight and was to resume at 11 a.m. ET Wednesday, according to the county’s registrar of voters. Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, is the home of 70% of all voters in Nevada and is heavily Democratic.

North Carolina

President Trump is fighting to keep North Carolina red after winning it in 2016, and the state is critical to his re-election chances. But polls have shown a tight race between him and Democrat nominee Joe Biden. North Carolina counts absentee ballots that arrive as late as Nov. 12, so they may be counting ballots for at least nine days after Election Day. The question is whether there will be enough late-arriving ballots to keep any races uncalled.

Pennsylvania

Some counties in Pennsylvania were not able to start tallying their votes until early Wednesday morning when there were still more than 1 million ballots left to be counted. Pennsylvania allows mail-in votes to be received and counted until Friday, Nov. 6. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to overturn a state court ruling allowing ballots to be counted if they were postmarked by Election Day but received up to three days later.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin is not able to process absentee ballots until Election Day. Tony Evers, Governor of Wisconsin, has predicted that we will know the outcome of the election “hopefully that night and maybe at the latest the very next day.”

Incumbent President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden both addressed their supporters overnight as votes continued to come in.

“We want all voting to stop,” said President Trump. “We don’t want them to find ballots at 4:00 in the morning and add them to the list.”

Trump remains confident that he will reach the 270 electoral votes needed to win the election.

“To me this is a very sad moment and we will win this,” Trump said last night.

The Electoral College meets Dec. 14 so states must certify their elections by then.

Congress meets in a joint session on Jan. 6, 2021 to accept the electoral votes and ratify the results of the election. The president is inaugurated on Jan. 20.

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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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