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2020 general elections must be audited after it has been conducted

General News of Monday, 30 November 2020

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2020-11-30

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Editor of the Patriot Newspaper, Peter Bamfoe has opined that a special audit of the 2020 elections and particularly the Electoral Commission (EC) must take place after the election has been conducted.

Speaking in an interview with Samuel Eshun on the Special Editors’ Take edition of the Happy Morning Show, he expressed that this audit was very necessary considering the fact that the electoral commission had spent so much into acquiring machines only to go back to manual verification.

“When we are done with this election we need to have a special audit of the 2020 elections. This country has spent a lot of money to buy machines even as at 2017. We bought new machines because the electoral commission told us that from 2011 there has not been any new

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2020 elections live results: Biden wins presidency

  • Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential race with a victory in Pennsylvania, Insider and Decision Desk HQ projected on November 6. 
  • Biden needed 270 Electoral College votes necessary to secure the White House. He is now projected to have won 306 electoral votes.
  • Trump was projected winner in North Carolina on November 10 and Alaska on November 11. But their combined 18 electoral votes still leave him far short of Biden’s total.
  • Biden restored Democratic dominance to the “blue wall” states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin that helped President Donald Trump beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016.
  • On November 14, Insider and Decision Desk HQ projected that Biden won Georgia, following a hand recount of ballots.
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Report election results. Stop ‘calling’ elections, covering polls

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Columnist Robert Robb has a bone to pick with the media about over-covering polls and ‘calling’ tight races.

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Opinion: The media covers horse-race polls at the expense of policy positions and ‘calls’ close elections before all the votes are counted. Both must stop.

There should be two media casualties from this election:

  • Excessive coverage of horse-race polls.
  • The arrogance of media companies purporting to “call” an election and proclaim a winner.

Polling was never as revealing of the status of an election as reporting has treated it. Even the best polls have a margin of error of around 4% for each variable. The most polls could ever do was indicate when a race was close. They never could provide insight as to which candidate was leading in a close contest.

And now they can’t even indicate whether a race is close. The polls indicated that the presidential

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Why do the media call races in US elections?

Fifty-one separate elections — one in each state and one in Washington, DC. Each with different rules and regulations, and no national elections commission to tell the world who wins. How, then, to quickly and accurately determine who won the highest office in the land?

That’s where the news media come in — and have done so since 1848, when The Associated Press declared the election of Zachary Taylor as president.

The Electoral College actually chooses the president under the U.S. Constitution, acting in a process that starts with the popular vote across the republic. But its work takes weeks. In that strange vacuum created by a federalist system and worsened — in the 1800s — by the slow counting and communicating of returns, news organizations emerged as major players in first, collecting and adding together the vote from each state’s election officials around the country, then announcing the victor

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With The Elections Over, The Media Industry Needs Sports

The news industry – in print, online and on television – has benefited greatly from the election that just concluded. Not only have the ratings/reading of these outlets skyrocketed, but the advertising dollars have too. Local, statewide and national candidates have poured money into television advertising, and the big “independent committees” pushing candidates or specific political issues, have added to the heft of political spending dramatically this Fall. For now, at least for awhile, people think that political advertising will die down. What is the next “bright light” for the traditional media business?

Sports content is that bright light, particularly with the Olympics coming up later this year, assuming no additional postponements, and media outlets from newspapers to

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Virginia elections officials say social media posts led to unfounded fears, confusion about ballot counting

RICHMOND —Viral Twitter and Facebook posts have spread unfounded fears among some Virginians that their votes in Tuesday’s presidential campaign were not counted, the state’s election chief said Thursday.



a group of people standing in front of a building: Voters at the Main Street Station polling place in Richmond on Tuesday.


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Voters at the Main Street Station polling place in Richmond on Tuesday.

State elections officials and local registrars across Virginia have been fielding “tons” of phone calls from voters who have checked their personal voter history on the state Department of Elections website and found no record that they participated in Tuesday’s election, State Elections Commissioner Christopher E. Piper said.

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But Piper said nothing is amiss: Individual voter histories on the state website are not updated for several days after localities certify their election results. The deadline for certification is Nov. 10.

The explanation has not satisfied some voters, who started calling state and registrar’s offices as early as Tuesday night.

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Opinion | Facebook and Twitter Can’t Fix Our Elections

The blockbuster earnings reinforce tech leaders’ belief that their products bring far more good to the world than bad. Their critics — journalists, activists, politicians — are being unfair, they contend. How could social media be all that terrible if so many people are willing to participate in it, and so many advertisers willing to pay for it?

“We compete hard. We compete fairly. We try to be the best,” Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and chief executive, told the House Judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee this summer.

A similar attitude colors the social media giants’ relationship with Washington. Tech companies are a more visible presence in the capital than ever before, having assembled formidable lobbying operations to stave off regulation or shape it to their liking. In that way, they are similar to any other big and powerful company. Because of their enormous revenue, they are able to outspend nearly all the

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Oscars and Presidential Elections: How They Correlate

The emotional toll following the results of the 2016 presidential election varied on the spectrum from utter devastation to complete vindication. Hollywood’s responses have also varied, depending on the ways in which the industry and the world react to the outcome. This upcoming awards season will mark the 24th time the Academy has had to navigate an Oscars ceremony in the wake of a presidential election. Going on 93 years of celebration, each winner that has preceded or followed an election has said different things about where we are as a country. Is the Academy a political predictor or is it merely a reflection?

A 2012 piece from the Huffington Post found that with the exception of two times, in the last 50 years, a Democrat has won the White House when the Golden Globe for best picture (drama) and the Oscar for best picture have not gone to the

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Ukraine’s local elections test leader and his young party

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians were voting Sunday in local elections that are considered a test for President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a former comedian who took office last year vowing to bring peace, uproot endemic corruption and shore up a worsening economy.

Zelenskiy was elected president by a landslide in April 2019 after campaigning on promises to end fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists in the country’s east. Despite his lack of prior political experience, he quickly cemented his grip on power by calling a parliamentary election that resulted in his party winning a strong majority.

But Zelenskiy, 42, has seen his popularity dwindle steadily as living standards have continued to plummet, corruption has remained widespread and international efforts to negotiate a settlement to the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine have failed to yield tangible progress.

While the president’s approval ratings are dropping, other political groups regrouped and worked to

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2020 Elections: In Two Midwest Rallies, Trump Rails Against Left

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President Trump, down in the polls with less than three weeks to go before Election Day, on Saturday campaigned in the contested Midwest, ripping into several liberal foils as the crowd called for their imprisonment.

“Ilhan Omar, she doesn’t love our country too much, I don’t think so,” he said in Muskegon, Mich., referring to a freshman congresswoman who is one of the first Muslim women in Congress.

Later, he joined in a crowd chant of “lock her up,” referencing another favorite target, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. He criticized restrictions she has put in place during the pandemic, saying, “The schools have to be open, right?”

Mr. Trump’s longstanding criticism of Ms. Whitmer is particularly freighted now because, according to the F.B.I., an armed

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