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AP: Voter fraud rare in Arizona

ELECTION OFFICIALS in Arizona have found few cases of voter fraud, according to the Associated Press (Shutterstock).

Out of over 3 million ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election in Arizona, fewer than 200 cases of potential voters fraud have been noted.

A canvas of county election officials by the Associated Press revealed that those officials cited 182 cases of potential fraud for further review. Four cases have resulted in charges and there have been no convictions and no person was able to vote twice.

In Arizona, Democratic candidate Joe Biden defeated Republican President Donald Trump by 10,400 votes. The former chief executive and many of his supporters have claimed there was widespread voter fraud in Arizona and elsewhere. Such allegations – as yet unsupported – gave prompted changes in voting procedures in over a dozen states, changes which critics have called attempts at voter suppression.

A “forensic audit” of the results by the state Senate is underway in Maricopa County, where Phoenix is located. No results have been reported.

“Dreamers” policy takes a legal hit

“DREAMERS” are immigrants brought illegally into the U.S. as children (Shutterstock photo/Sheila Fitzgerald).

A policy initiated by President Barack Obama in 2012 to block deportation of immigrants who came into the United States non-legally as children has been struck down by a federal judge.

On Friday in the U.S District Court in Houston, Judge Andrew Hansen ruled that Obama had overstepped his authority in creating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, whose beneficiaries are known as “Dreamers.”

According to The New York Times, the ruling does not cancel the program, and new applications can be made, but in order for DACA to survive it must make certain changes.

Roughly 650,000 “Dreamers” are now enrolled.

“Pandemic of unvaccinated” feared

THE CORONAVIRUS (Shutterstock).

Although coronavirus vaccines have been proven effective and current levels of COVID-19 infections are much lower than the peak of a year ago, a sharp rise in new cases is worrying public health officials.

According to USA Today, all 50 states have reported increases in cases of the virus with a surge of almost 70 percent in the nation compared to last week, as noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most new cases are from people who have not been inoculated.

“This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC director.  Four states – all with relatively low rates of vaccination – have the highest rates of increases. They are Arkansas, Florida, Missouri and Louisiana.




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