Mass Ballot Mailings May be the Death of Democracy

Republicans don’t have a problem with absentee ballots being mailed out to everyone who requests one. However, mass ballot mailings are a potential for all kinds of election fraud. Mailing hundreds of millions of presidential ballots to everyone on the voter rolls could delay election results for months, as in a local election in New York State several months ago. In addition, mass voter fraud could easily change the results in a Presidential election, destroying what confidence was left in our democracy.

Israel Roundup: Elections, Airstrikes, Blacklists

Israel elections are scheduled for March 2, and each citizen has already received notice of wherein this election he will vote.  The presentation of the Deal of the Century is a big factor in the new elections. Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu have both received the proposal with favor, but the other parties, who will be important to complete the required coalition, have different opinions about the Trump Plan.

Twitter Announces New Rule against Deepfakes and Manipulated Content

Twitter has announced that it will now combat deepfakes more aggressively, especially those that look deceptively real and are created for manipulation purposes. The social media company stated on Tuesday that such videos are particularly explosive during election campaign times, and will in the future be either specially tagged or removed from the platform.

Boris Johnson’s Tories Win Landslide Election in Britain

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has won a large majority in Thursday’s parliamentary elections. This election result guarantees the Prime Minister the number of parliamentarians he needs to “get Brexit done” by January 31. The Conservatives won 365 out of the 650 seats in the House of Commons— more than enough for a comfortable absolute majority and for Johnson to remain Prime Minister.

Thousands of Algerians Call for Thursday Election Boycott

The streets of the main Algerian cities were full to the brim on Friday, with tens of thousands of citizens protesting against military power, and demanding genuine democratic elections. According to several observers, Friday’s march, which was the last march before the contentious presidential elections scheduled for next Thursday, was the biggest of all the demonstrations that have been happening every Friday for the previous ten months.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Former Defense Minister, Elected Sri Lankan President

Sri Lanka’s fоrmеr dеfеnѕе mіnіѕtеr, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, won the country’s рrеѕіdеntіаl еlесtіоn оn Sundау wіth 52.25 реrсеnt оf thе vote.  Sri Lanka’s Elесtоrаl Commission Chairman, Mаhіndа Deshapriya, said орроѕіtіоn candidate Rajapaksa received 6.9 mіllіоn votes, оr 41.9 percent оf thе vote. Thе swearing-in сеrеmоnу іѕ ѕсhеdulеd fоr Mоndау.

Algerian Presidential Candidates Sign “Campaign Ethics Charter”

Algеrіа’ѕ fіvе рrеѕіdеntіаl саndіdаtеѕ signed the “Code оf Ethics fоr thе Elесtіоn Cаmраіgn” in the саріtаl on the ѕtаrt оf thе еlесtіоn campaign оn Sаturdау. Ezzedine Mihoubi, acting ѕесrеtаrу-gеnеrаl оf the National Democratic Rаllу (NDA), іѕ соmреtіng with Abdеlkаdеr Bеnkrеіnа, hеаd of thе Nаtіоnаl Building Mоvеmеnt Pаrtу, fоrmеr prime mіnіѕtеr Abdеlmаjіd Taboun, Ali Benflis, hеаd оf the Vanguards оf Lіbеrtіеѕ Pаrtу, аnd Abdelaziz Bеlаіd, hеаd оf thе Futurе Front.

Spain’s Do-Over Election Roll Comes Up Snake Eyes

The Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE), of Spain’s current Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, won the highest number of votes in the country’s general elections held on Sunday, although with no clear possibility of forming a government. With 100% of the ballot boxes counted, the PSOE won 120 seats in Parliament, three fewer than in the first elections of the year, held on April 28.

Jeff Sessions Shows his Support for Trump in his First Senate Campaign Ad

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions left President Trump’s cabinet with a strained relationship between him and the President. Trump often berated Sessions for not putting a stop to the Mueller investigation. Sessions is now running for one of Alabama’s senate seats and used his first campaign ad to quell some of the bad blood between him and the president.

Trudeau, Liberals Lose Majority, Hang on to Power

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party won Canada’s parliamentary elections Monday night. The party has, however, lost its absolute majority. “Tonight Canadians rejected division and negativity. They rejected cuts and austerity. They elected a progressive agenda and strong action on climate change,” said an evidently relieved Trudeau in his victory speech in Montreal.

Guinea-Bissau: UN Says Elections Imperative, Calls for Support

United Nations Security Council considers it “imperative” that presidential elections be held in Guinea-Bissau as scheduled, and calls on the international community to provide technical and financial support. “The members of the Security Council reiterated the imperative need for the presidential election to be held on 24 November 2019, in accordance with the established electoral calendar, and reminded political actors that all efforts should be made to ensure the election is inclusive, credible, fair and peaceful with the effective participation of women and youth candidates.”

Does Ukraine Have its Own Assange? Perhaps Russian Meddling?

On October 9, 2019, the Interfax-Ukraine conference center held a press conference for journalists. The Interfax-Ukraine News Agency is a Kiev-based Ukrainian news agency founded in 1992. The company belongs to the Russian news group Interfax Information Services. The press conference allowed for the release of supposed facts pertaining to the US embassy influence on the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies meddling in the US democratic elections process.

Kaïs Saïed Wins Tunisian Run-Off in Landslide

Independent presidential candidate and professor Kaïs Saïed has officially been elected as the new president of Tunisia with a clear victory. He apparently convinced about 75% of Tunisian voters in a true electoral landslide. His opponent, the controversial media magnate Nabil Karoui, earlier called the competition an unfair battle, but he has since acknowledged Saïed’s victory.

US Embassy Warns Against Fraud in Afghan Elections

The US Embassy, ​​whose staff recently visited the Afghan Election Commission and the commission’s work process, said “There’s no place for fraud in Afghan Elections.” The US Embassy in Kabul wrote on its official Twitter page that its staff has access to the Afghan Election Commission Information Center and appreciates the hard work of Afghan election officials.

Tunisians Expected to Punish Parties in Sunday Elections

Tunisians will go to the polls Sunday to elect a new parliament. All indications are that voters will deliver a slap in the face to the existing parties. The expected punitive vote would probably favor younger candidates.  Sunday’s elections will be the second since the new Constitution was ratified in 2014. Despite the democratic process, Tunisians live in difficult economic and social conditions. Observers expect that there will be a major shift in voter choices.

Is Russia Ready for the XXI Revolution?

Recently, discussion has increased in Russia about creating an anti-Putin coalition. The real politics is the fight for power. The Kremlin is in control, allowing some opposition. Once the opposing individual becomes inconvenient, the raids come in tow. The prime example would be recent raids of Alexei Navalny’s party offices across Russia under the guise of a “money laundering” investigation. As it stands there is no true opposition in Russia. None of the protests on the weekends matter and elections are a sham.

Conservative Law Professor, Imprisoned Media Mogul Lead in Tunisian Elections

Kais Saied, a conservative law professor, and the detained media mogul, Nabil Karoui, will most likely square it out in an apparent second round of the Tunisian presidential election, according to the elections early results. “My win brings a big responsibility to change frustration to hope,” Saied said at a local radio station on Sunday. “It is a new step in Tunisian history . . . it is like a new revolution.”

Israel Election on Tuesday – Forecasts Predict Another Stalemate

On Tuesday September 17 elections will be held for the second time this year in Israel. The first elections ended up in a stalemate and forecasts for the coming elections show similar results. Both sides, right and left, have campaigned and organized their parties in preparation for the coming elections. The right is led by Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud.  The left is led by Benny Gantz of the Blue-White Party.  Netanyahu in the previous elections received an equal amount of mandates as Gantz (35) but was unable to make a government combining mandates from other parties to reach the required majority of 61 mandates. Gantz also was unable to reach this number so new elections were called by President Reuven Riblin.

Israel Ready for Elections in One Week: A List of the Major Parties Vying for Power

Israel is in a crisis. Hezbollah has threatened them from the North. They are at war with Iran deploying their forces in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. Trump has vowed support for Israel and its survival in an unstable Middle East. The Peace Deal of the Century between Israel and Palestine is ready to be revealed after the elections.

Putin’s Candidates Suffer Losses in Local Russian Elections

In what was supposed to be a quiet round of regional elections in Russia— and, at the same time, a referendum on President Vladimir Putin, and his ruling party, United Russia— the results of local elections showed that the ruling party suffered significant losses. In Moscow, United Russia lost more than a third of its seats on the city council. The elections followed a police crackdown on anti-government protests over the summer.

Tunisia: Nearly 100 Presidential Candidates to Square Off in the Polls

Nearly 100 presidential candidates have filed their candidacy for the presidential election anticipated in Tunisia in the hope of succeeding Beji Caid Essebsi, the first democratically elected head of state following the Arab Spring country. In total, the names of 98 applicants interested in competing in the presidential election were recorded by the closing of registrations today. This was officially confirmed by the country’s Election commision (Isie).

Israel News of the Week – Elections Coming Closer

The Greek Orthodox Church filed a new law suit against the Ateret Cohanim settler organization who claim ownership of three properties in the Arab Old City.  The purchased two Palestinian run hotels located near the Jaffa Gate and another building near the Herod gate. The Patriarchate claims that these places are part of the church heritage and only they can authorize their sale.

US Election Meddling in Afghanistan? Or Someone Else?

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently made striking accusations against the United States. Karzai is claiming the US is trying to meddle in the upcoming September 28, 2019 presidential elections. The former Afghan president is insinuating that Afghan citizens have no influence over who the US installs into the executive office. These allegations may cause a new round of tensions in Afghanistan, and at a time where international peace negotiators are trying to organize a treaty that will allow an exit for the US led peacekeeping coalition.

Japan’s “Honest Abe” Wins Upper House Elections – Loses Constitutional Majority

Japan’s ruling center-right coalition retained control in upper house elections on Sunday, but lost seats in the process.  Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democrats took the worst of it, losing more than a dozen seats.  His junior coalition partners, the Komeito Party, and allied Japan Innovation Party actually made small gains.  Abe remains well-positioned to deal with several domestic and foreign policy issues before his House of Representatives comes up again in 2021.  However, his forces lost their two-thirds majority in the House of Councillors, scuttling a debate, for now, on the role of the military in pacifist Japan.

New Election in Istanbul, Thousands Vote Today

After cancellation of the Istanbul election, citizens vote a second time Sunday. Polls see opposition leader Ekrem Imamoglu in front. Does President Recep Erdoğan face a double disgrace?

However, before this new election in Istanbul, everyone is strangely silent about the Turkish president. On the campaign posters only Binali Yildirim, the leading candidate of the governing party AKP for Istanbul, can be seen. Erdogan has reduced his performances. Only in the past few days he interfered again in the debate.

Israeli Elections: Bibi Wins, Left Decimated, New Right Wiped Out

International Roundup: Runoffs, Recordings, Reshuffles, and Rolling Blackouts