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Is It Possible For Kanye West To Be Charged With Electoral Fraud After All?

Updated: August 10, 2020.

News outlets confirmed in July that Kanye West’s 2020 campaign officially submitted all paperwork needed to appear on election ballots in Missouri and New Jersey. However, not long after the announcement, it was revealed that the rapper’s petition to gain a spot on the states’ presidential ballots were contested by a former Democratic congressional candidate.

According to the Democrat, the petitions submitted by West were “egregiously” deceitful.

West filed nearly 1,300 signatures to get on the ballot.

According to New Jersey’s election rules, independent candidates can earn a spot on the state ballot by filing petitions which include at a minimum of 800 valid signatures.

Salmon claims that the 1,300 signatures obtained by West’s campaign appear to be fake.

“The odds that 30 people in a row from all over the state would have a little circle about the Is is a little hard to believe,” Scott Salmon, a lawyer who wrote to New Jersey’s board of elections in an attempt to challenge West’s petitions, explained to Daily News.

As Salmon points out West’s petition includes dozens of signatures in a row whose handwriting are suspiciously similar. Multiple signatures even included circles over the letter I in their names.

Now, West’s campaign is facing yet another hurdle as he attempts to appear on ballots in November.

According to Vanity Fair, the rapper has filed petitions appealing to appear on the presidential ticket of 10 different states but has only managed to acquire a slot in Oklahoma. While the rapper has many petitions pending review he has “managed to meet the filing deadlines for Illinois and New Jersey, the two states are now throwing West’s eligibility into doubt after both announced that the majority of the signatures submitted as part of his petition are invalid.”

In a report published by NJ.com it was revealed that West’s election campaign pulled his petition to be on the ballot hours before a hearing was scheduled to examine his application’s validity. At the time, elections attorney Scott Salmon told NJ Advance Media that he was “glad to see the Kanye campaign has realized that their petition was not going to survive here. It was so clearly deficient that it wasn’t even worth defending. I think that’s the main takeaway here. I wish it wouldn’t have gotten this far.”

On top of this, a New York Times investigation recently found that Republican activists are working to get West on the ballot. “Mark Jacoby whose company Let the Voters Decide has been collecting signatures in Ohio, West Virginia, and Arkansas,” Vanity Fair reports. “While working for the California Republican Party in 2008, Jacoby was arrested on voter-fraud charges and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. Voter-registration fraud carries a penalty of up to three years in prison, according to CBS News.”

Right about now, we’re pretty sure just about everyone misses The Old Kanye.

Over the past few years, the rapper has made it pretty well known that he is no longer an ally of the Black community. Embroiled in controversies since the start of his support for Donald Trump, the record producer, composer, and fashion designer has faced quite a bit of backlash from a community who once saw him as a paragon of Black success.

He began to throw that all away when he first started showing photos of himself wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and praising the racist president’s “dragon energy.” He gained the ire of fans and critics once again in 2018 when he suggested that the enslavement of African Americans in the U.S. had long been a “choice.”

This is all to say that we didn’t think he could do the impossible and insult us further. But recently, the rapper held a presidential rally in which he said the unsayable.

Earlier this month, West made claims during his rally that abolitionist Harriet Tubman “never actually freed the slaves.”

In a comment about one of the most respected figures in U.S. History, West claimed the abolitionist “just had the slaves go work for other white people.”

Tubman was an African American who escaped slavery and famously assisted in giving enslaved Black men and women a chance to escape north to freedom. During this time she led a remarkable thirteen missions for the Underground Railroad to rescue almost seventy slaves. She later became an active supporter of the Suffrage movement. Her actions were not only well- documented but have been praised by researchers, politicians, and educators for decades. West’s words do not rewrite American history or change the impacts she made on it. His words do, however, create a cause for concern.

West’s rally continued to become more bizarre in a moment in which he tearfully made points against abortion.

Speaking about his wife Kim Kardashian, and their first child North, West said that the two had seriously considered terminating their first pregnancy. Speaking about their decision, West claimed that a message from God changed his mind and that his wife had told him in a phone call that they would follow through with the pregnancy.

“So even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into the world, even when I didn’t want to,” West explained. “She stood up, and she protected that child.” 

West went on to claim that his late mother, Donda West had also made the decision to not abort him.  “My dad wanted to abort me. My mom saved my life. There would have been no Kanye West because my dad was too busy,” said West through tears.”I almost killed my daughter,” he cried.

When pressed about his comments about No more Plan B — Plan A,” he went on to clarify saying that he would fight to keep abortion legal. He also outlined a birth option he described as a “maximum increase.”

“The maximum increase would be everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars or something in that range,” said West. “If you had opportunity to be given a million dollars, just for being pregnant, would you have considered it? And then everybody would start having children, the greatest gift of life.”

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Latinas Are Offering Advice To Undocumented Women, New Moms And Those Who Are Struggling On How To Receive Affordable Therapy

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Latinas Are Offering Advice To Undocumented Women, New Moms And Those Who Are Struggling On How To Receive Affordable Therapy

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Finding the best psychologist or mental health worker for you isn’t an easy feat.

For one, finding someone you feel you can trust enough to open up to about your insecurities and inner turmoils is hard enough but finding someone who is covered by your health insurance can be even more difficult. On top of that, factors like location and time often come into play. Women of color in particular face a certain type of challenge when it comes to mental health care. According to the American Psychological Association, just 5.3% of psychologists in the United States are Black. Eighty-three percent are white. This means finding a mental health provider who can connect with your personal experiences can be beyond difficult.

We asked our users on Fierce for mental health provider tips and received some pretty inciteful answers.

Check them out below!


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“Just started BetterHelp and they offer financial assistance. Got matched with the first therapist that I actually like after 10 years of trying. Highly recommend!”-marilynscarlet

“Ask your HR department if they have an Employment Assistance Program. If they do it means that the employer covers a certain amount of sessions with a therapist, counselor, psychologist, etc. which means you pay nothing for those first few sessions. Some EAP’s also cover the first meeting with financial advisors, lawyers & a bunch of other things!”- dee_anes

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“Free therapy for undocumented youth through @immigrantsrising1w.” –yessbianca

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Joe Biden Promises To Fight For Dreamers If Elected In November

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Joe Biden Promises To Fight For Dreamers If Elected In November

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An overwhelming majority of Americans support protecting Dreamers. Hundreds of thousands of young adults rely on the protection from deportation and work authorization to live with dignity and out of the shadows. Presidential nominee Joe Biden wants to make sure they stay protected.

Dreamers are looking to a Biden administration to finish what an Obama administration started.

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According to the official Biden campaign website, the presidential nominee will work with Congress to reinstate DACA protections and to create a pathway to citizenship. DACA was won by undocumented activists putting fear aside and publicly fought to change the minds of Americans and politicans.

“Undocumented ‘youth’ are no longer youth,” says Moises Serrano, DACA activist and the man profiled in the documentary “Forbidden.” “DACA recipients and undocumented immigrants have been living in fear and instability for decades now. We survived eight years under the Obama administration and four years under the Trump administration. Immigration reform was promised under the Obama-Biden platform; a promise that is still unfulfilled.”

He added: “We hope that President Biden puts an end to the instability in our lives once and for all, or we are ready to hold him accountable in the same way we held Obama accountable in our fight for Administrative Relief.”

Biden’s policy proposes protecting Dreamers and helping them advance in this country.

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Biden promises to reinstate DACA to protect Dreamers and will be looking into ways to protect their families. The policy put forth by a potential Biden administration is pivotal in giving those who are DACA recipients a chance to live without fear and with all of the rights as their fellow citizens.

“After living through a deep loss in 2016 after losing my second mother and only being granted access to be on her deathbed in Mexico through my ability to get advanced parole through DACA I learned that no loss would ever be greater than that,” said Cindy Nava, a DACA recipient, political operative and policy advocate. “However, November rolled around and another loss took place. One that impacted my life, that of my family and my community.”

DACA is a very important issue as hundreds of thousands of Dreamers are on the line.

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People like Nava are hopeful that a Biden administration will bring that dignity back to the immigrant community. It is a community that is vibrant and has contributed vastly to American culture. A BIden administration would be a chance for Nava to see herself reflected in government.

“I am hopeful to see the daughter of immigrants, a woman of color, and a woman I can finally feel represented by be sworn in as the first woman VP of this country,” Nava says. “I will look forward to an administration that listens to the communities it intends to represent. An administration that empowers the entire country to work with each other to support, strengthen, respect and uplift each other each and every day. An administration that values and is grateful for the contributions that immigrants bring to the foundation of our country each and every day.”

Nava wants to see an immigration reform that puts immigrant humanity at the forefront. One that understands the needs for people to seek refuge and a better life in a foreign country.

“No immigrant seeks to find a fix on a silver platter. Nor do they believe that this will be an easy task,” Nava says. “The only thing our families ask for is a chance. Una oportunidad para recordarle a este pais that their lucha and determination comes from a deep sense of ganas to create a life filled with more opportunities than they ever had.”

The battle over DACA is far from over but it is clear that the Trump administration is on the wrong side of public opinion. Biden’s plan would strengthen DACA and restore the program to its full functionality.

READ: Trump Administration Limit DACA Renewals, Blocks New Applications

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