FLORIDA, November 3, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Almost 13,000 ex-felons may be joining the voter rolls in Florida this year thanks to a group of wealthy liberals paying $27 million in fines and legal fees, in what appears to be a push to expand the pool of likely voters for Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Michael Bloomberg, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Ariana Grande, and other celebrities helped raise the money via the nonprofit Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The initiative follows the restoration of felons’ voting rights two years ago in the state, with the condition that ex-cons must settle all conditions of their sentence beforehand, such as fines and fees.
But the initiative, which could lead to up to 12,800 ex-felons having registered to vote this year, appears to be skewed to benefit Democrat candidates. The Times found that 74% of the felons whose fees were paid off were black (a demographic group that overwhelmingly votes Democrat), and 68% were registered Democrats. It is unknown how many of the beneficiaries took advantage or were even made aware of their newfound ability to vote.
In response, Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis directed state Attorney General Ashley Moody to have state police and the FBI investigate whether the payments constitute an illegal inducement to vote. The FBI has declined to comment, and state police have said only that the referral is a “preliminary inquiry” and not yet an investigation.
Florida is considered a must-win state for President Donald Trump, who won it by 119,770 votes in 2016. This year, RealClearPolitics rates Florida a toss-up. Democrats narrowly cast more early votes than Republicans in the state, but reports indicate Florida Republicans are outpacing Democrats in Election Day turnout.
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The following core conservative and Christian values will all be affected, one way or the other, by the outcome of the election:
- The protection of human life from conception till natural death.
- The protection of the natural family.
- The protection of our right to freely and meaningfully practice our religion both inside and outside our houses of worship, without interference from the state.
- And, the protection of our freedoms - especially, our freedom of speech, our freedom of assembly and licit medical freedom.
So, where do the candidates stand on Life, Family, Faith and Freedom?
President Trump has already proven himself to be pro-life. He reinstated the Mexico City Policy, prohibiting U.S. foreign aid from paying for and, or, promoting abortions. And, he has also pledged to sign a late-term abortion ban and veto any pro-abortion legislation.
Former Vice President Biden supports tax-payer funded abortion (i.e., getting rid of the Hyde Amendment), and has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood and NARAL.
President Trump’s tax cuts have helped 82% of middle-class American families, which saved an average of $1,260 on their taxes according to Breitbart News.
On the contrary, if former Vice President Joe Biden implements the "Green New Deal," thousands of energy sector jobs will be eliminated. What’s more, Biden plans on raising taxes by more than three trillion dollars – a move which could severely hurt the average American family.
Additionally, President Trump backs school choice for all American families, which will allow parents to choose the school that best meets the needs of their children.
However, former Vice President Biden supports policies that are not in favor school choice. His policies would hurt families by keeping parents from choosing a school that would help their children and provide them with the best opportunities.
Finally, President Trump's administration has co-sponsored the Geneva Consensus Declaration, which reaffirms that “the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State", and which seeks to achieve the "strengthening of family as the foundational unit of society."
While, earlier this year, former Vice President Biden revealed his “LGBTQ+ and equality” plan, which he will use to “protect,” “enforce,” and “advance” the homosexual agenda and homosexual “rights."
President Trump’s second-term agenda includes the promise to "defend the freedoms of religious believers and organizations."
Former Vice President Biden stands against conscience rights - vowing to sue the Little Sisters of the Poor to force them to pay for abortion and contraceptives. And, Biden also stands against religious freedom, as he and the Democrats support mandating that pro-life Christian business-owners, like cake bakers, violate their religious beliefs.
If re-elected, President Trump has promised to minimize lockdowns and mask mandates.
If elected, former Vice President Biden has promised to enact a nationwide mask mandate, and allow more lockdowns.
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