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A 20-year old fighting bone cancer excitedly filled out her ballot last month, voting for the first time. Sadly, her vote won’t count on Election Day.

A few days after Amber Pflughoeft mailed her ballot, her condition deteriorated. She went back into the hospital and passed away in late September. 

Under Wisconsin law, her ballot will not be counted. According to the state Elections Commission data provided to CNN, Pflughoeft’s vote is one of several dozen that will be thrown away because the person died after voting early.

Amber’s mother, Tiffany Pflughoeft, says they had no idea her daughter’s vote wouldn’t be counted.

“She was so excited about it,” her mother said. “She died on a Monday, but on Saturday, when she could still talk, she was telling all the nurses and doctors, ‘I voted.’”

States differ on whether or not an early vote from a person who passes away before the election will be counted come Election Day. According to CNN, more than a dozen states do not count those votes, and at least a dozen states allow it, and other state’s policies are unclear.

For example, states that don’t count early ballots cast by voters who pass away before the election include Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures and state elections officials, states that do include Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and Ohio. A lot of these states are considered key swing states.

“One view is Election Day is Election Day, and if you aren’t with us on Election Day, your vote doesn’t count,” said Wendy Underhill, the director of elections and redistricting at the National Conference of State Legislatures. “The other is that if you’re in the early voting window, then your vote does count. States are going in both directions on that.”

This year, among the coronavirus pandemic, a record number of voters are voting early by ballot. With the country seeing a spike in coronavirus cases and deaths from the virus, voters in some states who pass away won’t have their vote counted. 

Donald Trump has falsely claimed that voter fraud will run rampant this election, especially concerning mail-in ballots. Trump has claimed there will be “fraud like you’ve never seen.”

However, many states that don’t count ballots cast by voters who pass away before the election regularly check death records to update their voter files and remove deceased voters. 

Courtesy Children’s Wisconsin




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Dr. Seuss Enterprises Will Stop Publishing Six Books Due To Racist Images

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After months of debate, Dr. Seuss Enterprises will stop publishing six of its beloved books due to insensitive and racist imagery.

The company announced on Tuesday. The news came on the late author’s birthday, known as “Read Across America Day.” The books that will be pulled are “The Cat’s Quizzer,” “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “If I Ran the Zoo,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” and “Scrambled Eggs Super!.”

In a statement to the Associated Press, the company explained, “these books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” They went on to add, “ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families.”

Dr. Seuss Enterprises decided to cease publishing and licensing the texts last year after reviewing claims about its books. The company says that it listened to readers, teachers, and other specialists’ feedback as part of its review process. They also consulted with experts to review the titles within their lineup of children’s publications.

In recent years, Dr. Seuss’s books have come under fire for problematic imagery. Several school districts across the U.S. no longer promote Dr. Seuss’s books on “Read Across America Day.” This includes Loudon County, Virginia district. They said that “research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss.”

President Joe Biden refrained from mentioning Dr. Seuss during his “Read Across America Day” proclamation, steering away from the late author who many presidents have mentioned on the day promoting literature.




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RIP: Reggae Legend Bunny Wailer Dead at 73

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Reggae legend Bunny Wailer passed away from natural causes in a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday, March 2, his manager, Maxine Stowe, confirmed to the Jamaica Observer newspaper. He was 73.

The musician struggled with speech impediments following his first minor stroke in 2018. He suffered his second stroke in July 2020.

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Born Neville O’Riley Livingston in Kingston, Bunny (in black tee) is best known as an original member of The Wailers, along with his childhood pal Bob Marley (in green jacket) and Peter Tosh (not pictured), in the early 1960s.

He sang on tracks like “Reincarnated Souls”, “Burnin'”, “Pass it On”, and “Hallelujah Time.” He went solo in 1973, following the success of the band’s major-label debut album Catch a Fire.

Bunny released singles including “Dreamland”, “Dancing Shoes”, “Searching For Love”, “Life Line” and “Bide Up”, while he also reworked a string of The Wailers’ hits for his 1980 project Bunny Wailer Sings the Wailers.

Bunny won three Grammy Awards (Best Reggae Album) for 1991’s Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley, Crucial! Roots Classics in 1995, and 1997’s Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley’s 50th Anniversary.

Bunny was considered a national treasure in his native Jamaica, and was awarded the Order of Jamaica in 2012, and the Order of Merit in 2017.
 

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Trump Campaign Donated $3.5 Million To “Stop The Steal” Rally That Led To Capitol Riot

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A new report has discovered that the Trump campaign donated $3.5 million to the “Stop the Steal” rally, which led to the deadly Capitol riot.

The report conducted by the Center for Responsive Politics found that the organizers of the January 6th “Stop the Steal” protests received more than $3.5 million from the Trump campaign and its associated fundraising committees.

The new findings stemmed from a review of recent Federal Election Commission filings by OpenSecrets, an arm of the Center for Responsive Politics.

OpenSecrets also discovered that at least three individuals listed on permit records for the “Stop the Steal” rally worked for the Trump campaign through the end of November 2020. It was also unveiled that the Trump campaign made payments to a company named Event Strategies, Inc., which was also named on the permit for the rally. The company was also found to employ two people involved in the January 6th rally.

The “Stop the Steal” rally progressed into the deadly Capitol riot that left five dead, including a Capitol police officer.




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