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Trump proposes new voting limits, rails against “monster” voting rights bill

Former US president Donald Trump embraces the US flag after speaking to the 47th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in 2020. (Photo: EPA-EFE / Erik S. Lesser)

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday laid out a variety of election proposals, such as limiting absentee voting and days when Americans can vote, in his first public speech after his stinging Nov. 3 election loss.

Democrats’ nationwide push to register new voters, including Black voters and young people, and Trump’s refusal to urge his Republican supporters to vote by absentee ballot are believed to have been factors in his 7 million vote loss to Joe Biden.

At a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, Trump said Election Day should be only one day, not a number of days leading up to the actual voting day.

“There should be a legitimate reason for someone to vote absentee,” he said.

He also proposed eliminating mail-in voting, another factor in his loss, as well as requiring voters to show identification when they vote in person and universal signature matching for those who vote by absentee ballot.

Trump’s speech, which had been crafted with the help of former adviser Stephen Miller, comes as the Republican Party is pushing to change election laws and put new restrictions on voting after losing the White House and Senate in 2020.

Dozens of local Republican lawmakers have introduced bills to limit voting access in states across the country since then. A Georgia bill that would limit the use of drop boxes and eliminate early voting on Sundays would curtail traditional “Souls to the Polls” voter turnout programs in Black churches, and be devastating for Black voters, activists say.

Trump said Republicans need to fight hard against a new voting rights bill, HR-1, which would overhaul voting rules and includes a provision that independent commissions redraw congressional districts instead of state legislatures.

“This monster must be stopped,” said Trump. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Heather Timmons and Edwina Gibbs)

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  • Mark Slaughter says:

    I’m cancelling my subscription- daily Maverick is SA’s CNN what a pity. Create your own narrative and own truth instead of real reporting…what a disappointment given some of the good work you have done.

    • John P Stathoulis says:

      A pity Mark, but it’s your right to stop your voluntary contribution as an insider. Did you see that it’s a Reuters piece?

      • John Strydom says:

        Mark, all I can see is a piece of straightforward reporting, just what Trump said and a simple analysis of what went wrong for the Republicans and how they want it set right. No judgment at all. So what on earth is your problem with that?

        • John Strydom says:

          Though I might agree with you regarding the introduction to this piece in the e-mail from DMaverick. The “sentient naartjie” thing is not necessary.

    • Samuel Hunter says:

      I’m so confused by your comment, what do you mean “Create your own narrative and own truth instead of real reporting”? Do you mean to suggest that DM would be better off creating a fantasy than objectively reporting on facts? Because it seems to me that they are reporting on facts and that perhaps those facts don’t align to your internal (probably pretty warped) perception of the world.

      • Kanu Sukha says:

        Right on ! In today’s ‘social media’ world …. it has become easy for misguided lunatics to create their own fantasy world … and live in it also ! Media “personalities” have exploited this phenomenon for a long long time … and there are enough morons ready to follow these cults. They measure their ‘success’ by the number of ‘followers’ or ‘hits’ and could not care any less about facts or critical analysis or ethics. That is the currency of their ‘business model’.

  • Kanu Sukha says:

    I forgot to mention that Cruz was right when at the CPAC convention he said that “Trump isn’t going anywhere!”… except he failed to add “…. except jail” … once the Manhattan district attorney has completed his investigations ! And remember … Cruz’s reason for saying this, is his hope to attract the Trump rabble (including white supremacists – groups and individuals) to his next campaign for presidency, while Trump sits in jail. He has no hope if Trump his keeper is still around ! The few decent Republicans with guts and principles, have repudiated him … and this does not include the obnoxious McConnell.

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