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Justice Dept Issues Guidance on Federal Statutes Regarding Voting Methods and Post-Election "Audits"

Source: Department of Justice

Today the U.S. Department of Justice announced the release of two guidance documents to ensure states fully comply with federal laws regarding elections, specifically federal statutes affecting methods of voting and federal constraints related to post-election “audits.”

“The right of all eligible citizens to vote is the central pillar of our democracy, and the Justice Department will use all of the authorities at its disposal to zealously guard that right,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. “The guidances issued today describe certain federal laws that help ensure free, fair, and secure elections. Where violations of such laws occur, the Justice Department will not hesitate to act.”

“The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the right to vote for all Americans and ensuring states are complying with federal voting laws,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “Whether through litigation or the issuance of official guidance, we are using every tool in our arsenal to ensure that all eligible citizens can exercise their right to vote free from intimidation, and have their ballots counted.”

The first guidance document, entitled “Guidance Concerning Federal Statutes Affecting Methods of Voting,” provides guidance regarding how eligible citizens cast their ballots. The guidance document addresses efforts by some states to permanently adopt their COVID-19 pandemic voting modifications, and by other states to bar continued use of those practices, or to impose additional restrictions on voting by mail or early voting. In addition, this guidance document discusses federal statutes the department enforces related to voting by mail, absentee voting and voting in person.

The second guidance document, entitled “Federal Law Constraints on Post-Election Audits,” provides information on the how states must comply with federal law when preserving and retaining election records and the criminal penalties associated with the willful failure to comply with those requirements. This guidance document also details the statutes that prohibit the intimidation of voters and the department’s commitment to act if any person engages in actions that violate the law.

Today’s announcements follow Attorney General Garland’s recent commitment to expand the Justice Department’s efforts to safeguard voting rights. For a list of the department’s actions to protect voting rights, click here.

More information about the Voting Rights Act and other federal voting laws is available on the Department of Justice’s website at www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot.

Complaints about discriminatory voting practices may be reported to the Voting Section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division at 1-800-253-3931.

If jurisdictions have questions about the constraints federal law places on the methods of voting they are using or propose to use, or questions about the constraints federal law places on post-election “audits” regarding protections for voters and federal election records, they should contact the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division.

For the guidance document on methods of voting, click here.

For the guidance document on post-election “audits,” click here.

Read more: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-issues-guidance-federal-statutes-regarding-voting-methods-and-post

Bipartisan infrastructure deal could advance within hours, Schumer says

Source: Politico

Senate Republicans are increasingly likely to move forward on a bipartisan infrastructure framework, with a vote planned as soon as Wednesday night and an agreement on key issues.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the GOP point man on the deal, said Wednesday that he and other negotiators are ready to vote to consider the bipartisan agreement, after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced a potential vote in the next twelve hours.

"As of late last night, and really early this morning, we now have an agreement on the major issues," Portman told reporters. "We are prepared to move forward."

Portman added that he didn't know "exactly what time a cloture vote might occur," but guessed it would be "tonight sometime" based on Schumer's comments. He said he was ready "to have a healthy debate here in the chamber."

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/28/bipartisan-infrastructure-deal-501278

Cook Political: Democrats drove the outcome of the TX-11 Special Election


Gov. Gavin Newsom pulls his kids out of summer camp after maskless photos surface

Sacramento Bee

Gov. Gavin Newsom has pulled his children out of a summer camp after photos surfaced of his son sitting without a mask with other maskless children, a spokeswoman for his office said.

The photo began circulating on social Monday and quickly drew criticism from parents who oppose the state’s requirement that children wear masks in schools. Under the state’s guidelines, children’s camps must follow the same rules as schools.

Newsom has drawn criticism this month for releasing a policy requiring kids to wear masks in schools even if they are vaccinated, an issue Republican candidates trying to replace him in an upcoming recall election have seized on.

Newsom spokeswoman Erin Mellon said the camp two of his children attended sent an email saying it would not enforce masking guidance, but that they missed it.

“The Newsoms were concerned to see unvaccinated children unmasked indoors at a camp their children began attending yesterday,” Newsom spokeswoman Erin Mellon wrote in a statement Tuesday. “The family reviewed communication from the camp and realized that an email was missed saying the camp would not enforce masking guidance. Their kids will no longer be attending this camp.”

Between this and the French Laundry, he doesn't seem to be handling the image side of the job well.

BREAKING: Capitol reinstate's mask mandate.


Can someone explain this?


BREAKING: Trump-endorsed Republican loses runoff in TX-11 Runoff



The Trump wing just keeps sinking deeper into conspiracy theories


Did you know that Joe Biden is probably going to resign as president sometime in the next month? Maybe, specifically, on August 13? While that's totally ridiculous -- Biden isn't resigning and, in fact, all signs point to him running for a second term in 2024 -- talk of Biden resigning has taken off among some of former President Donald Trump's most prominent supporters of late.

Here's MyPillow founder Mike Lindell in an interview Monday with none other than Steve Bannon:

"Once we have this symposium, how are the pathways of Donald Trump coming back? The first one would be, once we have the symposium, by the night of the 12th or the morning of the 13th, if everyone has seen it, including the administration that's in there now that didn't win, maybe, you know, Biden and Harris would say, hey, we're here to protect the country and resign!"

Lindell is hosting a cyber-symposium that ends on August 12 aimed at looking into various debunked theories about election fraud. And yes, he is trying to pump up interest in said symposium with these outlandish claims.

BREAKING: Gov. Sisolak (Nevada) signs new mask mandate


Justice Democrats find an enemy to fight: Speaker Pelosi

(fundraising email)

It’s the end of the month, which means that politicians are trying to raise as much money as possible for their campaigns and PACs before the fundraising deadline on the 31st. Here’s a look at one fundraising email Nancy Pelosi sent last week.

Nancy Pelosi and the rest of House Democratic leadership don’t have substance to sell, so instead, they are pushing fear-based fundraising tactics to raise money and push their status-quo agenda in Congress.

Racism, the climate crisis, and economic inequality are more of a threat to the American people than Donald Trump, yet Nancy Pelosi and corporate Democrats have failed to make any headway on issues actually affecting Americans.

The problem with these scammy fundraising tactics is that they work — and Nancy Pelosi and her team know it. But we promise Christian, that we’ll never deceive our grassroots supporters just to make a quick buck.

Perhaps they should share their track record in actually getting candidates elected?

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