After Georgia kicked in its new election rules, Liberty Nation Economics Correspondent Andrew Moran posed the question: “Who knew that proving your identity to vote, in the form of a driver’s license or state ID, is comparable to the odious era of Jim Crow?” The woke left were so aghast over the Peach State’s move that big businesses and even Major League Baseball decided to pull out of the state. Now, Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis is catching heat for his newest election integrity law, signed May 6, that has gained approval from the right and frowns and lawsuits from the left.
Article by Kelli Ballard from Liberty Nation.
Barely had the reform bill been signed before a lawsuit was filed claiming the legislation violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Senate Bill 90 provides for stricter voter identification requirements when opting to vote-by-mail, adds limits on who can pick up or return a voter’s ballot, bans private funding for elections, expands partisan observation during ballot tabulation, and includes more rules for drop box use as well as absentee ballots.
A coalition that includes the Black Voters Matter Fund, the League of Women Voters of Florida, and the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans filed the lawsuit, claiming the bill “caters to a dangerous lie about the 2020 election that threatens our most basic democratic values, and, in the end, makes it harder to vote without adequate justification for doing so.” The lawsuit further states that:
“SB 90 does not impede all of Florida’s voters equally. It is crafted to and will operate to make it more difficult for certain types of voters to participate in the state’s elections, including those voters who generally wish to vote with a vote-by-mail ballot and voters who have historically had to overcome substantial hurdles to reach the ballot box, such as Florida’s senior voters, youngest voters, and minority voters.”
A “wet signature” would be required as verification for voters which means a physically signed paper that is kept on file, and those wishing to vote-by-mail will be required to submit the request each year to receive the mail-in ballots. The bill also specifies that “Drop boxes must be geographically located so as to provide all voters in the county with an equal opportunity to cast a ballot” and that the boxes “must be monitored in person.”
Later that same day, another lawsuit was filed by Common Cause, Florida branches of the NAACP, and a disabilities rights group, alleging discrimination “against the state’s Black, Latino, and disabled voters,” according to Newsweek.
DeSantis, however, is optimistic about SB90, saying:
“Right now I have what we think is the strongest election integrity measures in the country. We’re also banning ballot harvesting. We’re not going to let political operatives go and get satchels of votes and dump them in some drop box.”
DeSantis and supporters of the bill will likely have a long fight ahead, but for now, some see light at the end of the tunnel regarding election security. “Me signing this bill here says, ‘Florida, your vote counts,’” the governor said. “Your vote is going to cast with integrity and transparency, and this is a great place for democracy.”
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‘The Purge’ by Big Tech targets conservatives, including us
Just when we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns were ending and our ability to stay afloat was improving, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the last few months, NOQ Report, Conservative Playbook, and the American Conservative Movement have appealed to our readers for assistance in staying afloat through Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn in the economy has limited our ability to generate proper ad revenue just as our traffic was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over a million visitors in November, December, and January, but February saw a dip.
It wasn’t just the shortened month. We expected that. We also expected the continuation of dropping traffic from “woke” Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but it has actually been much worse than anticipated. Our Twitter account was banned. Both of our YouTube accounts were banned. Facebook “fact-checks” everything we post. Spotify canceled us. Medium canceled us. Apple canceled us. Why? Because we believe in the truth prevailing, and that means we will continue to discuss “taboo” topics.
The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You can’t say that on Big Tech platforms without risking cancellation, but we’d rather get cancelled for telling the truth rather than staying around to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They have been covering it up since before the election and they’ve convinced the vast majority of conservative news outlets that they will be harmed if they continue to discuss voter fraud. We refuse to back down. The truth is the truth.
The lies associated with Covid-19 are only slightly more prevalent than the suppression of valid scientific information that runs counter to the prescribed narrative. We should be allowed to ask questions about the vaccines, for example, as there is ample evidence for concern. One does not have to be an “anti-vaxxer” in order to want answers about vaccines that are still considered experimental and that have a track record in a short period of time of having side-effects, including death. One of our stories about the Johnson & Johnson “vaccine” causing blood clots was “fact-checked” and removed one day before the government hit the brakes on it. These questions and news items are not allowed on Big Tech which is just another reason we are getting canceled.
There are more topics that they refuse to allow. In turn, we refuse to stop discussing them. This is why we desperately need your help. The best way NOQ, CP, and ACM readers can help is to donate. Our Giving Fuel page makes it easy to donate one-time or monthly. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal as well. We are on track to be short by about $4100 per month in order to maintain operations.
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During that four-month stretch, Twitter and Facebook accounted for about 20% of our traffic. We are actively working on operating as if that traffic is zero, replacing it with platforms that operate more freely such as Gab, Parler, and others. While we were never as dependent on Big Tech as most conservative sites, we’d like to be completely free from them. That doesn’t mean we will block them, but we refuse to be beholden to companies that absolutely despise us simply because of our political ideology.
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