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Pre-Election Day voting already shattering past election statistics as Americans take early action

September 26, 2020 in Blogs

By AlterNet Staff

The American public is showing a heightened interest in early voting practices ahead of the November election.

Over 28 million Americans have already requested ballots and an additional 43 million are automatically scheduled to be mailed to registered voters, according to a survey of election offices conducted by CNN. The states surveyed include a total of 42 states in addition to Washington D.C., were included in the survey.

The number of pre-Election Day ballots sent out this year have already surpassed the 50 million ballots sent out for the 2016 election which signals that there will likely be a collectively high voter turnout. For this election, mail-in voting has become more of a preference due to the ongoing pandemic.

It has also been reported that Democratic voters are outpacing Republican voters’ mail-in ballot requests by more than 1.3 million.

Other reports have also suggested that the majority of the ballots already cast have been favorable for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

According to the Elect Project, more than 864,000 ballots have already been cast in multiple states across the United States and their statistics have indicated that the majority of those votes have gone to Biden.

This signals a sharp uptick in comparison to the 2016 election where only 9,000 voters had cast their ballots by the same time that year.

However, CNN poll results also indicate that President Donald Trump’s supporters will likely close the voting gap on Election Day.

According to the CNN poll, 57% of Trump supporters in North Carolina and 83% of those in Wisconsin plan to vote for the president on Election Day.

This week, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose released a statement confirming approximately 1,784,000 absentee ballot applications had been received by the state’s local boards of elections.

LaRose also noted that the pandemic is not the only reason why Ohioans are interested in absentee voting as he reiterated that the practice has been popular among the state’s …read more

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Julian Assange: Press shows little interest in media ‘Trial of Century’

September 26, 2020 in Blogs

By FAIR

Labeled the media “trial of the century,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing is currently taking place in London—although you might not have heard if you’re relying solely on corporate media for news. If extradited, Assange faces 175 years in a Colorado supermax prison, often described as a “black site” on US soil.

The United States government is asking Britain to send the Australian publisher to the US to face charges under the 1917 Espionage Act. He is accused of aiding and encouraging Chelsea Manning to hack a US government computer in order to publish hundreds of thousands of documents detailing American war crimes, particularly in Afghanistan and Iraq. The extradition, widely viewed as politically motivated, has profound consequences for journalists worldwide, as the ruling could effectively criminalize the possession of leaked documents, which are an indispensable part of investigative reporting.

WikiLeaks has entered into partnership with five high-profile outlets around the world: the New York Times, Guardian (UK), Le Monde (France), Der Spiegel (Germany) and El País (Spain). Yet those publications have provided relatively little coverage of the hearing.

Since the hearing began on September 7, the Times, for instance, has published only two bland news articles (9/7/20, 9/16/20)—one of them purely about the technical difficulties in the courtroom—along with a short rehosted AP video (9/7/20). There have been no editorials and no commentary on what the case means for journalism. The Times also appears to be distancing itself from Assange, with neither article noting that it was one of WikiLeaks’ five major partners in leaking information that became known as the CableGate scandal.

Guardian: 'Politicising' and 'weaponising' are becoming rather convenient arguments

Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman (9/9/20) turned a reader’s question about “liv[ing] in a time of so much insecurity” into a bizarre rant against Julian Assange and his partner, Stella Moris.

The Guardian, whose headquarters are less than two miles from the Old Bailey courthouse where Assange’s hearing is being held, fared slightly better in terms of quantity, publishing eight articles since September 7. However, perhaps the most notable content came from columnist Hadley Freedman (9/9/20).

When asked in an advice article: “We live in …read more

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Did Donald Trump just blow his chance of winning Florida in November?

September 26, 2020 in Blogs

By RayHartmann

Usually when politicians float a bunch of names for a key plum pick–say a selection for Vice President–the smart thing is to give as many people as possible their 15 minutes of fame on the national stage.

Both parties do it all the time. Even if you’re not selecting someone to a prestigious job they’re seeking, the consolation prize is that they’re given the gravitas and flattery that comes with having appeared to be a finalist.

But when Donald Trump floated a long list of potential Supreme Court nominees for the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg–and then brought it down to about five finalists–he may have made a terrible political mistake in raising the expectations of the Cuban-American community by tantalizing it by having dangled the name of Judge Barbara Lagoa.

Now that it appears Lagoa won’t be his selection–it’s widely reported that he’s going with the most reliably anti-choice and otherwise extremist Judge Amy Coney Barrett, he may have screwed the pooch in Florida.

Deflated Lagoa backers probably will keep their heads down rather than criticize the choice of Barrett. They won’t want to give Democrats fodder, and certainly wouldn’t welcome a negative touchdown of Trump’s Twitter tornado.

But here are some of the Tweets showing that Trump had raised expectations for Lagoa:

https://twitter.com/McClatchyDC/status/13088778472…

https://twitter.com/globalistreason/status/1309613…

https://twitter.com/Barnes_Law/status/130960833560…

https://twitter.com/GamebredFighter/status/1308203…

https://twitter.com/KellyAlspals/status/1309617134…

Whether this hurts Trump in Florida (and Arizona) remains to be seen.

But it ain’t helping.

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Source: ALTERNET