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States Where Felons Can and Can’t Vote

For the more than 100 million American citizens who cast votes in U.S. presidential elections, voting is a matter of being old enough, completing voter registration, and casting a ballot. However, while across the United States voters represent myriad backgrounds, opinions, and walks of life, in some states, the right to vote is not guaranteed to persons charged with a crime.

Because of a wide catalog of state disenfranchisement laws, approximately 5.2 million individuals with past or ongoing criminal convictions will not be voting in the upcoming presidential election.

Some states deny the vote to persons incarcerated or in jail, those on parole or probation, or those who were convicted of certain crimes. Even in states where such individuals are allowed to participate, many do not because of registration deadlines, voter ID laws, and limited access to the forms and information required to become a registered voter.

The rules for disenfranchisement vary widely across the country. There are two states in which no citizen can be disenfranchised based on their legal status, yet there are others in which disenfranchisement is so common that over 5% of voting age Americans cannot vote.

To determine the states where felons can and cannot vote, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from The Sentencing Project on the legal statuses that can cause residents to lose their right to vote in each state. We also reviewed data from The Prison Policy Initiative on the barriers placed on voter eligibility by prior criminal convictions and current detention status.

Click here to see the states where felons can and can’t vote.

There appears to be unprecedented enthusiasm to get out the vote in 2020. As of Oct. 18, at least 27.9 million Americans have already cast their ballot, according to the U.S. Elections Project — more than four times the number of early ballots cast at this point in the 2016 election cycle. Many people are using mail-in ballots to cast their vote safely from home as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to infect tens of thousands of Americans each day. These are the states where the spread of the virus is slowing, and where it is getting worse.

Though it is taking much of the attention, the presidential race will not be the only issue on the ballots in 2020. Local, state, and national legislators are all up for election as well. Americans have had a consistently negative view of Congress for over a decade, and 80% of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job, according to a Gallup poll. This overarching dissatisfaction could cost several senators their job — only 19 members of the U.S. senate have an approval rating of 50% or higher. These are America’s most and least popular senators.

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Trump and Biden court crucial senior voters in the biggest battleground

Trump brings reelection campaign to seniors in battleground Florida

National Journal politics editor Josh Kraushaar joins ‘The Daily Briefing’ with analysis

A new TV commercial by President Trump’s reelection campaign touts that the president is “the clear choice” for seniors, who are a key voting bloc in many of the battleground states that will decide the winner of the presidential election.

The ads running on the airwaves in Florida and other crucial swing states as the president courted voters 65 and older on Friday during a stop in Fort Myers in southwest Florida.

"I am honored to be here in Fort Myers to reaffirm my solemn pledge to America’s Seniors: I will protect you, I will defend you, and I will fight for you with every ounce of energy and conviction that I have," the president told the crowd.

And he vowed to keep seniors safe from the coronavirus pandemic, promising that he was "working as hard as I can" so that they "can kiss and hug your children and grandchildren very soon."

Senoirs make up roughtly 20% of the population in Florida, which with 29 electoral votes up for grabs is the largest of the traditional battlegrounds.

The president’s stop came three days after Democratic nominee Joe Biden visited Florida and told a crowd of seniors that Trump views them as “expendable, forgettable.”

And the president’s trip comes as Trump is trying to avoid becoming the first Republican presidential nominee in two decades to lose the 65 and older vote.

Former Vice President Al Gore – who in the 2000 election repeatedly emphasized that he would keep Social Security “in a lockbox” – was the last Democratic presidential nominee to win the senior vote.

President Donald Trump speaks during an event on "Protecting America’s Seniors," Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Four years ago Trump captured the national vote of those 65 and older by a 52%-45% margin over Clinton, according to exit polls. But fast forward four years and the latest Fox News national poll indicates Biden with a slight 49%-47% edge over the president among seniors. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News national poll released this week showed a larger 54%-44% margin for Biden among voters 65 and older.

One key reason may be the coronavirus pandemic, which is tied to the deaths of nearly 220,000 Americans and has hit seniors particularly hard.

“Seniors are much more impacted by the coronavirus, by their concern about getting it, their concern about what happens if they do get. They’re much more sensitive to it because they’re in the population is most at risk,” noted longtime Republican pollster Neil Newhouse. “They’re focused on coronavirus and the president’s numbers on coronavirus are not strong. Voters generally disapprove of the job he’s doing handling the issue.”

Biden, during a stop Tuesday in heavily populated Broward County in southeast Florida, pointed to comments Trump made last month in Swanton, Ohio, when he argued that the coronavirus "affects virtually nobody" except seniors.

"It affects elderly people, elderly people with heart problems and other problems. If they have other problems, that's what it really affects, that's it," the president said at the time.

“Nobody,” Biden said on Tuesday. “Think about that. Who was he talking about when he said it affects virtually nobody. He was talking about America’s seniors. He was talking about you.”

And speaking directly to voters age 65 and older, the former vice president argued that Trump thinks “you’re expendable, 'forgettable, you’re virtually nobody. That’s how he sees seniors. … The only senior that Donald Trump cares about … is the senior Donald Trump."

Biden also claimed the president will “undermine the Medicare trust fund and increase overall out of pocket costs for seniors.” And he charged that Trump “says he wants to lower drug prices, but he hasn’t done a single thing to do it.”

The Trump campaign fired back, arguing that “Biden resorted to his worn tactic of lying about President Trump, who has steadfastly protected Social Security and Medicare and who has pledged to always do so.”

Last week, as he was recovering at the White House after being diagnosed and hospitalized for COVID-19, tweeted that seniors are “MY FAVORITE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!” 

And the announcer in the new Trump campaign commercial highlights that “President Trump protected Social Security and Medicare” and that Trump “lowered drug costs and during his first term Medicare Advantage premiums fell 34%.”

Four years ago Trump narrowly edged out 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Florida. An average of some of the most recent polling in the state shows Biden holding a single-digit lead over the president. In a sign of how important the state is to the president’s reelection, Trump’s spent three days campaigning in the state this week.

“Seniors in Florida are critical to winning the state,” noted Newhouse, who was Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s pollster in the 2012 presidential campaign. “The key voter groups in the state would be seniors and Hispanics. A strong performance among seniors would go a long way towards giving the president an edge in the state.”

And it’s not just Florida. Seniors make up at least 17% of the population in the battleground states of Arizona, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa and New Hampshire.

The concentration by the two standard-bearers on seniors this week is welcome news to many.

With America dealing with the most devastating pandemic in a century, the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression more than 80 years ago, the most intense and widespread protests and unrest over racial inequity in decades, and arguably the most bitter U.S. Supreme Court confirmation battle in recent history, it’s little wonder that some issues critical to seniors that usually dominate presidential elections have been pushed to the side in recent months.

 “We’re certainly concerned that our issues have been overshadowed because when these things pass – and they will pass – the fundamental bedrock issues for Americans- things like their health, taking care of aging parents, Medicare, prescription drug prices, Social Security – those things are still going to be with us,” AARP New Hampshire state director Todd Fahey told Fox News.

 “It’s really important that the voters understand where each candidate stands on these singularly important issues,” Fahey emphasized. “They are of great important to the nation and the candidates need to speak to all of them.”

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Abortion and immigration driving Florida Latino voters to the polls

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As the 2020 presidential election approaches, Latino and evangelical voters in Florida are finding themselves pulled to the polls by issues related to the regulation of abortion and illegal immigration.

Residents have reportedly been torn between backing certain immigration policies that embrace identity politics and social justice versus elements of the pro-life movement, religious freedom and Christianity that are being championed by President Trump, according.to The Tampa Bay Times.

“It is our duty and job to defend the ethical and moral values that guide us,” Puerto Rican evangelical Pastor Angel Marcial said. "And that must be done by voting."

Marcial, 30, leads a congregation of parishioners at the evangelical Vertical Church in Largo. He also serves as the youth director for the Southeastern Hispanic Region of the Tennessee-based Church of God and said he's been working with Latinos who believe a wedge is being driven between them and traditional evangelicals.

He explained how important it is for both sides to see each other's issues and recognize them, even if it may break from traditional norms.

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“That does not mean we do not think about our immigrant brothers who are suffering," the pastor added.

Given Trump's Supreme Court pick, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and her strong faith in Catholicism and the pro-life movement, Christian Latino voters have found abortion has become central to their decision.

However, other pockets of voters have expressed fear about Trump's policies with regard to the enforcement of federal immigration laws, which some fear could result in mass deportations.

Other pastors have taken a more apolitical approach in the hope that parishioners and voters will make up their own minds and decide for themselves.

Josué Carbajal, 34, is a Mexican-born pastor of the Living Grace Church in Plant City, who told The Times he encourages his flock to educate themselves with facts while using truth and prayer as their main guide.

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“I do not suggest candidates or parties," he said. “There are Christian and biblical foundations to consider, but in the end, the decision is up to the individual and no one else.”

“I am analyzing everything because it is a difficult and contradictory choice,” Carbajal added. “There are immigration issues that concern us, but on the other hand, there are things that we cannot stop listening to, such as abortion and the decision between life and death.”

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Sheep, squirrels and even hamsters could be infected with coronavirus as dozens of mammals now 'vulnerable'

DOZENS of common animals may be vulnerable to Sars-CoV-2 – the virus that causes Covid-19.

Sheep, squirrels, hamsters and 25 other mammals could be susceptible to infection by the deadly virus, scientists have warned.

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A total of 215 different animals were examined as part of the groundbreaking study.

Scientists already knew that dogs and cats are both at risk of infection.

But other household pets like guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits may also be vulnerable.

Farm and zoo animals are also at risk of being infected by the virus.

First, scientists investigated how the virus' spike protein interacts with the ACE2 protein it attaches to – as part of the infection process.

Animals have mutated versions of the ACE2 protein that make it different from our own.

Scientists examined whether these differences would reduce the stability of the bond between the virus protein and the host protein.

It's this binding process that gives the virus entry to your cells.

And it turns out that for some animals – including sheep and great apes – the proteins can bind together as strongly as in a human.

A total of 28 animals that are regularly in contact with humans were highlighted as part of the study.

However, it's important to note that this isn't proof that each animal can definitely be infected.

And there's no guarantee that transmission is possible in all cases either.

Animals potentially vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2

Here’s the list of 28 species identified as being vulnerable…

  • Dog
  • Cat
  • Golden Hamster
  • Chinese Hamster
  • Squirrel
  • Guinea Pig
  • Great Apes (Chimpanzee, Bonobo, Gorilla, Orangutan)
  • Golden Snub-nosed Monkey
  • Macaque
  • Wild Yak
  • Polar Bear
  • Panda
  • Arabian Camel
  • Leopard
  • Sheep
  • Cow
  • Domestic Yak
  • Rabbit
  • Ferret
  • Goat
  • Donkey
  • Horse
  • Pig
  • Red Fox
  • Cow hybrid Bos Indicus

"We wanted to look beyond just the animals that had been studied experimentally, to see which animals might be at risk of infection, and would warrant further investigation and possible monitoring," said lead author Professor Christine Orengo, of UCL, speaking to PA.

"The animals we identified may be at risk of outbreaks that could threaten endangered species or harm the livelihoods of farmers.

"The animals might also act as reservoirs of the virus, with the potential to re-infect humans later on, as has been documented on mink farms."

What to do if you have coronavirus and pets

Consider the following…

  • Restrict contact with pets as a precautionary animal health measure until more information is known about the virus.
  • If your pet requires care, wash your hands before and after any interaction with them and wear a face mask if possible.
  • Keep cats indoors if possible and try to get someone else to exercise dogs, to reduce the likelihood of your pet spreading the disease – but there is no evidence that pets play a role in the spread of the disease.
  • If your pet shows clinical signs, please do not take it to the vet but call the practice for advice.
  • If your pet requires emergency treatment, call the practice for further advice. Do not take your pet to the surgery unless the vet instructs you to. You may need to arrange for someone else to transport your pet for treatment.

The study found that most birds, fish, and reptiles do not appear to be at risk of infection.

But the majority of the mammals they reviewed could potentially be infected.

Several animals have been reported with Covid-19 infections, including domestic cats, dogs, mink, lions and tigers.

And ferrets and macaques have been infected in laboratory studies.

This research was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Google Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 pre-orders include FREE Bose QC35 II headphones

GOOGLE’S Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 are available for pre-order with a free gift.

Both of the tech giant’s new devices will allow you to claim a pair of premium Bose headphones for nothing.

The Pixel 4a and 5 are the latest smartphones from the tech company, after its recent device announcement.

Two new Pixel handsets were among the devices, and they will certainly strengthen Google’s hand when it comes to the premium and mid-tier smartphone markets.

Its Pixel 5 will target the Galaxy S20 and iPhone 11, and the Pixel 4a 5G a more affordable space, as an upgrade on the Pixel 4.

Both share one thing in common though, a Pixel 5 or Pixel 4a pre-order means you can claim Bose’s brilliant QC35 II headphones for FREE.

The QC35 II are some of the best wireless headphones around, featuring ANC (active noise-cancelling), and Amazon’s Alexa built-in.

To get the headphones, with your phone of choice, you’ll need to pick either a Pixel 4a 5G or Pixel 5 pre-order offer.

We’ve had a look around online and Mobiles.co.uk’s deals are our top picks, with low monthly costs and affordable up-front fee.

  • Pixel 4a 5G, 54GB data, £30 per month (£50 upfront) + Bose QC35 II – buy here
  • Pixel 5, 72GB data, £35 per month (£99 upfront) + Bose QC35 II – buy here

Pre-order either device before October 19, then get your headphones by submitting a claim between 14 and 45 days after receipt of your phone at pixel-offers.com/bose.

Full details of the claim process can be found on the deals pages.

Not only will you get a free pair of Bose’s premium QC35 II headphones, but a cracking new smartphone made by Google.

Pixel 4a 5G vs Pixel 4

The Pixel 4a 5G retails at £499 and is a 5G upgrade on the Pixel 4a – but also an upgrade on the Pixel 4.

It also has a 6.2-inch OLED display, bettering the Pixel 4’s 5.8-inch.

The Pixel 4a 5G also boasts a more recent Snapdragon processor, larger battery, and a dual-front and dual-rear camera setup when compared to the 4.

It is also rated for water and dust resistance, giving extra protection.

Pixel 5 vs Pixel 4a 5G

Google’s new Pixel 5 is a high-end handset priced at £699.

It is also 5G-capable, but smaller than the Pixel 4a 5G with a 6-inch display; though it has a higher pixel density and refresh rate.

The Pixel 5 has the same processor and camera setup but is manufactured with a premium aluminium frame and back, making it a sturdier handset.

Despite its smaller size, the Pixel 5 has 2GB more RAM (8GB total) than the Pixel 4a 5G at, giving it a performance edge.

It also sports a larger battery capacity and includes wireless charging capabilities.

The Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 are available on the following networks:

  • EE – here
  • O2 – here
  • Three – here

All prices in this article were correct at the time of writing, but may have since changed. Always do your own research before making any purchase.

Elsewhere this genius iPhone trick lets you listen to YouTube music while doing other things.

Meanwhile, you can get TWO free PS4 games this month – including Need For Speed

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Where Trump and Biden Stand on Every Issue Based Entirely on What They've Said

In what appears to be a huge prank on the universe, we are on the brink of an extremely important presidential election in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic. Cool-cool-cool. As you ~may~ have heard, voters will decide between Republican sitting president Donald Trump and Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden. Both contenders have largely opposing views—and policies—on basically everything and seem to have a very difficult time talking to one another (no, I’m still not over the chaos that was the first presidential debate!).

If you want to make sure you understand exactly where they stand on the most pressing issues, here is a cheat sheet so you can feel prepared to cast your ballot on November 3—or literally now if you’re doing early voting.

COVID-19

Donald Trump

Despite reportedly having known about the threat of the novel coronavirus since February, Trump’s been insisting that COVID-19 will be gone before we know it. During the first presidential debate, he also claimed that we are “weeks away” from a vaccine—a claim that’s been heavily disputed. During a rally, Trump told the crowd that he would like to “slow the testing” because more testing leads to more positive cases which… yikes.

Trump also does not think we need a federal mask mandate. When asked why, he told Fox News’ Chris Wallace, “No, I want people to have a certain freedom, and I don’t believe in that, no.”

For reference, the U.S. has 4 percent of the world population but 20 percent of the world’s COVID-19 deaths.

Joe Biden

The Democratic nominee would like to offer free COVID-19 testing to all Americans as well as increase resources for contact tracing and protective equipment. During the first presidential debate, Biden also mentioned creating a plan designed to alleviate financial hardship for small business owners. Notably, Biden has said that he would mandate that everyone wears a mask.

Climate Change

Donald Trump

Despite the literal science that says otherwise, Trump “does not believe” in climate change. He’s deflected the rising environmental dangers on Asia, insisting that the United States is the “cleanest country.” But according to Factcheck.org, the U.S. is actually 10th overall for best air quality and 29th for water and sanitation.

Per the Brookings Institute, the Trump administration has taken 74 actions to weaken environmental protection. He’s mostly focused on rolling back policies that address climate change and support the fossil fuel industry, including the Obama Clean Power Plan, which limited carbon emissions in power plants. He also allowed drilling for the first time in the Arctic Refuge, which thrilled oil lobbyists.

In 2017, Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement, an international effort by world leaders to mitigate climate change, and rescinded policies that would combat climate change, as well as give permission to private entities to bypass environmental regulations. So that’s…not good.

Joe Biden

During the presidential debate, Biden maintained that there is no greater challenge than climate change, and—condemning Trump’s actions—promised to rejoin the Paris Agreement. Biden has put forward a plan that allocates nearly $2 trillion in climate policy infrastructure and investment.

Racial Injustice

Donald Trump

Trump has implied, if not outright stated, that he does not support the Black Lives Matter movement. When asked in an interview with CBS News why Black Americans were “still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country,” he said, “So are white people. What a terrible question to ask.”

During the presidential debate, Trump was asked if he would denounce white supremacy and he refused. He then name-checked the violent right-wing group Proud Boys and instructed them to “stand by.”

Joe Biden

Biden has condemned violence that took place at the George Floyd protests that happened after the grand jury ruling regarding Breonna Taylor’s death. But he says he supports “peaceful protest” and has acknowledged racial injustice to be a systemic issue in this country. He made history by choosing the first Black vice presidential pick, Kamala Harris.

Police Reform

Donald Trump

Trump has repeatedly insisted that police do not need to be defunded, although he signed an order that allows Americans to report officers who have been fired or found to have used excessive force. He often touts the phrase “law and order,” which critics claim he uses as a racist scare tactic to make voters fearful of crime particularly in suburbs.

Joe Biden

Even though a movement to “defund the police” gained support from liberals this summer, Biden has repeatedly said that he is not for defunding the police so much as he is all in for reform. Part of his campaign pushes for funding for continued training and body cameras. During the debate he said there was “systemic injustice” in law enforcement. He also said, “But, look, the vast majority of police officers are good, decent, honorable men and women. They risk their lives every day to take care of us. But there are some bad apples…and they have to be held accountable.”

Gun Violence

Donald Trump

Trump has been appealing to his base by doubling down that the right to bare arms is a constitutional right (so was slavery, just FYI). Despite the surges in gun violence during his presidency, Trump has refused to take action that might marginally decrease school shootings and other gun-related massacres that have seen a rise in the last decade. The NRA loves him.

Joe Biden

Biden has long been a strong proponent for gun safety and one of his major platforms is banning assault weapons. He’s also pushed for universal background checks and a federal gun buyback program that would take guns off the streets.

Health Care

Donald Trump

As Trump himself admitted during the first presidential debate, part of his plan for health care is abolishing the Affordable Care Act, although he has never put forward a replacement plan. He recently said he’s going to sign an executive order to protect Americans with preexisting conditions. The president has repeatedly claimed that he plans on lowering the cost of drugs (including insulin), although he does not, according to fact checkers.

Joe Biden

A huge part of Biden’s legacy during his time as vice president was his involvement in passing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. It makes sense that Biden would expand Obamacare while also adding a public option that anyone—employed or not—can sign up for, comparing it to a “Medicaid-Medicare-like provision.” Biden does not support free universal health care. His platform also supports keeping abortion accessible and protecting Roe v Wade.

Reproductive Rights

Donald Trump

The Trump administration has attacked women’s health and rights numerous times in the last four years. In 2017, one of his first acts as president was to reinstate the global gag rule that restricts access to safe abortion for women overseas. Trump has also supported the March for Life movement, which attacks women’s right to choose.

Joe Biden

Under Biden, the Affordable Care Act will cover contraception and abortions. He’s made wishy-washy comments in the past about not supporting federal funding for abortion but wants to protect Roe v Wade and stop any state restrictions on access to abortion. Biden also plans to rescind the global gag rule and restore federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

Foreign Policy

Donald Trump

Trump’s entire foreign policy plan can be summed up into his favorite phrase: America First. He’s exited the Trans-Pacific agreement, has antagonized Mexico with his “build a wall’ plan, and made immigration infinitely harder. Trump often sides with dictators and autocrats, like Vladimir Putin in Russia and is friendly toward North Korea. He has also has made several derogatory comments toward China, creating an unstable relationship with one of the biggest world leaders.

Joe Biden

Biden wants to “restore dignified leadership at home and respected leadership on the world stage” with his foreign policy, according to his campaign. He also plans to end wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East and strengthens relationships with Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Biden is a supporter of Israel, a long-time U.S. ally.

Peaceful Transition of Power

Donald Trump

On more than one occasion, Trump has insinuated that he would not accept the election results if he were to lose. During the first presidential debate, when moderator Chris Wallace asked if he will urge supporters to stay calm and not engage in civil unrest if Biden wins, Trump said that he will ask them to “watch carefully” and he won’t “go along with that” if he suspects voter fraud. When asked if he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power he said, “We’re going to have to see what happens. You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.”

Joe Biden

Biden has vowed to accept all the results of the election and has been encouraging voters to vote in person if possible. When asked about Trump’s thinly veiled threats, Biden has said that he will use military power to escort Trump from the White House if necessary.

Military

Donald Trump

Although Trump frequently refers to the U.S. troops as the greatest on Earth, he’s also made alarming comments about fallen soldiers, referring to them as “losers,” according to multiple reports. He infamously mocked the late Senator John McCain for having been captured in combat. Despite Trump’s claims that military families love him, polls show that Biden has overwhelming support from the troops.

Joe Biden

Biden has made several pledges to ensure veterans and their families will receive the adequate amount of resources and care in return for their service. Part of his plan ensures that caregivers will get compensation for mental health care and peer support. He’s also pledged to help military families stabilize between relocations and increase economic opportunities for military spouses.

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