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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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Women Are Speaking Out About What Changed Their Minds About Abortion

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Women Are Speaking Out About What Changed Their Minds About Abortion

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With so much at stake this election year, it’s important to understand the circumstances behind some of our biggest beliefs. Currently there are little questions as to whether Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is in opposition to a person’s right to abortion. Her Catholic faith, her academic writing, and accounts from friends affirm that she has opposes the medical procedure. During a 2017 confirmation hearing for her current position as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, Coney Barret stated that she was bound to follow the Roe decision as an appeals court judge stating “Roe has been affirmed many times and survived many challenges in the court… And it’s more than 40 years old, and it’s clearly binding on all courts of appeals. And so it’s not open to me or up to me, and I would have no interest in, as a court of appeals judge, challenging that precedent.”

There’s likely no chance of changing her mind, but we were curious about how women felt.

A recent post on Reddit posed the question: What changed your mind on abortion?

Check out the answers below!

“Being pregnant (with a very much wanted baby). I’ve always been pro choice, but learning about how much can go wrong in a pregnancy made it very apparent abortion is far from a black and white issue. For example, say the fetus has some defect where it can be carried to term, but will 100% die shortly after birth. There is no reason the mother should be forced to carry out the whole pregnancy. There are so many other nuances like this that are not possible to legislate.” – kittyinparis

“having one myself. i was religious, orthodox christian once upon a time. i hate to be one of those people who didn’t understand something until i experienced it myself but it is what it was. i extremely naive and ignorant because i thought that it was as simple as “don’t get pregnant if you don’t want a kid”. but it’s really not. and you never know what someone’s story is. and even then, regardless of their situation i think if someone doesn’t want to be pregnant it’s immoral to force them to be.” – Reddit user

“Honestly? Biology class. They went over sexual reproduction step by step and I just couldn’t buy the whole “humanity begins at conception” thing anymore. Then I started reading what all those scary buzzwords meant and I got a bit pissed off. Turns out the evil “partial-birth abortions” are usually called D&Es and they’re usually only done to babies with no chance of survival or in the cases of miscarriages. That’s not evil. That’s sad. I felt lied to, in a big way.” – Moritani

“I learned more about the concepts of bodily autonomy and consent and decided that it’s wrong to force people to remain pregnant against their will.” – enerjem

“When I first learned about the concept it seemed like a terrible thing but even after just 20 minutes of research (I did a lot more clearly, but this is just to emphasize how simple this decision was) I became pro-choice at 14ish, and I’ve had that stance ever since. So I only barely changed my mind really, but I think it counts because without looking into it I could’ve gone on believing it to be morally repugnant just because of what it sounds like and because it’s a subject that’s so easy to get carried away on and not look at objectively.” – ypical_Humanoid

“Paying my own bills. It’s a lot harder to feed two mouths than one.” – Reddit user

“Having kids. Pre-kids i was very prolife. Went to rallys and everything. Would have stressed and felt guilty if i got pregnant and dont knownwhat i would have chosen though. 4 kids later and several oops…im very pro choice.” – Strikingachord

“I was pro-life until I was about 13. I figure my brain developed more and I was then better able to see the issue in a more global and expansive way and determined that pro-choice was the most ethical stance.” – searedscallops

“Meeting someone in college who had had one in the past, and who spoke openly about it. She didn’t regret it or torture herself with guilt and shame over it, but she wasn’t a depraved monster, either. She was a wonderful person who did what was best for herself and her situation.” –coffeeblossom

“Having to get one myself.” –aj4ever

“I don’t know that I was ever pro-life in the same way I don’t think I was ever really Christian. I grew up in an Evangelical Protestant denomination, and until about middle school I mostly parroted things I heard. Things like “hate the sin love the sinner” for anything from being gay to probably having an abortion.

Sometime around middle school I started questioning all of it, forming my own opinions on things. I landed on atheist pro-choice feminist and have stayed there since.” – DejaBlonde

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Joe Biden Walks Away With Final Presidential Debate On Healthcare, Covid, And Many Issues

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Joe Biden Walks Away With Final Presidential Debate On Healthcare, Covid, And Many Issues

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President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden sparred during the final presidential debate. The two presidential nominees debated on issues ranging from healthcare to immigration to Trump’s finances. President Trump started controlled and quickly lost control of his temperament and spiraled for much of the debate.

First, people are giving the praise to the moderator, journalist Kristen Welker.

Welker is a reporter and White House correspondent for NBC News. As moderator of the final presidential debate, Welker kept the conversation moving forward. She was also able to stop President Trump on numerous occasions when he began spiraling as the debate went on.

One of the most stunning moments was President Trump claims that low IQ immigrants show up to court dates.

“Only the really – I hate to say this, but those with the lowest IQ. They might come back,” Trump said.

That was President Trump’s response to a question about catch and release. The catch and release program allowed for immigrants to come to the U.S., declare their intent for asylum, and be released to, usually, family members. They are then given a court date to plead their case for asylum. An overwhelming number of asylum seekers do show up to their court cases to make sure they have the chance to seek asylum.

The Trump administration eliminated the program and began what is called “Remain in Mexico.” The current plan forces migrants to wait in other countries while waiting for their day in immigration court.

When given a chance to address the 545 migrant children missing their parents, President Trump claimed they were being taken care of.

President Trump dodged questions about healthcare.

The rushed confirmation of Supreme Court Justice pick Amy Coney Barrett could have serious repercussions for people and their health care. The Trump administration is going to be challenging the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, in hopes of overturning the healthcare law. This would eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions, including diabetes, cancer, and pregnancy.

There is currently a lot of debate over whether or not a Covid-19 diagnosis would become a preexisting condition. More than 220,000 Americans have contracted the virus and the Affordable Care Act is in jeopardy because of the Trump administration.

President Trump still hasn’t released his tax returns.

Recent news about President Trump’s taxes made national headlines. Americans learned that President Trump recently paid $750 in taxes and that the president has a private bank account in China. According to his own tax returns, Trump paid more than $188,000 in taxes to the Chinese government. The bank account was previously unknown information.

Joe Biden appealed to the American voters and families.

Biden avoided getting into arguments during the debate and kept focused on the issues and how they impacted the American family. From Covid to the economy, Biden touched on all of the issues that keep American families up at night. Biden offered plans to stop the spread of Covid-19 but promoting the use of masks and safely reopening the U.S. economy to boost the economy and save lives.

Viewers are calling the debate a victory for the Biden campaign.

Several snap polls form different organizations show that people consider Biden the winner of this debate. Biden told the American people that is was running to be the American president, not a Democrat president. Biden promised to be the president for all American people and to take care of everyone, regardless of whether or not they voted for him.

READ: The First Presidential Debate Went Off The Rails Fast And The Internet Had Fun With It

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