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November 8, 2016

Presidential candidates

Here is summary information comparing the Presidential candidates in the 2016 election, especially with regard to immigration and national sovereignty:

Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again - The three core principles of Donald J. Trump's immigration plan, Donald Trump, August 16, 2015. This position statement summarizes Trump's plan and contrasts it with Hillary Clinton's plan.

A concise comparison of Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump on eight key issues, Conservative Base, October 16, 2016.

Clinton called for 'open trade and open borders' in private, paid speeches, Fox News, October 13, 2016.

Colorado Congressional candidates

NumbersUSA compiles grades on members of Congress. Here are grades reported by NumbersUSA on the 2015-2016 Colorado delegation, as of October 23, 2016:

A (11% of peer group)
Buck, Ken (Rep. - 4th) R - CO 91%

B+ (11% of peer group)
Lamborn, Doug (Rep. - 5th) R - CO 85%

C+ (11% of peer group)
Tipton, Scott (Rep. - 3rd) R - CO 64%

D (11% of peer group)
Polis, Jared (Rep. - 2nd) D - CO 28%

D- (11% of peer group)
Gardner, Cory (Sen.) R - CO 19%

F (33% of peer group)
DeGette, Diana (Rep. - 1st) D - CO 10%
Perlmutter, Ed (Rep. - 7th) D - CO 10%
Coffman, Mike (Rep. - 6th) R - CO 8%

F- (11% of peer group)
Bennet, Michael (Sen.) D - CO 0%

Also see this NumbersUSA  Comparison of Colorado candidates, which shows incumbents with current grades along side contenders.


Here is a 2016 Colorado U.S. Senate race Candidate comparison on pro-worker immigration stances from NumbersUSA as of October 26, 2016.

  Michael Bennet (DEM) Darryl Glenn (GOP)
Oppose Amnesty NO Yes
Implement Interior Enforcement NO Yes
Mandate E-Verify - -
Assist Local Police NO -
Defund Sanctuary Cities NO Yes
Fund Entry/Exit System - -
Secure the Border NO Yes
End Birthright Citizenship - -
End Visa Lottery - -
End Chain Migration - -
Limit Unnecessary Worker Visas - -
Reduce Total Immigration NO -

 

Also see FAIR's Immigration and the 2016 Elections and candidate comparison by state. The candidate comparisons are more descriptive than NumbersUSA's scorecards, but the comparisons are essentially the same. Candidate quotes and position statements are included.

United States Supreme Court justices

United States Supreme Court justices are appointed for life by the President. Thus, this presidential election will have consequences that will be felt for decades. The next United States President will appoint one - and probably several - lifetime Supreme Court justices, as well as judges on lower courts.

It has been observed that the impact of this election on the Supreme Court is at least as important as the impact on the Presidency itself. For more information, see It’s the Supreme Court, Stupid!, by Tom Tancredo, Breitbart, October 22, 2016.
 

Colorado judges

Ballotpedia lists Colorado Court of Appeals justices, who appointed them, and party affiliation of who appointed them. Ballotpedia has information on other Colorado Courts and justices. Also see Clear the Bench 2016 judicial evaluations for scorecards on judges.

You can review judges at the Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation (often called the "blue book" with rubber-stamp recommendations).

You might think that it's safe to retain all Colorado judges in office en masse. Remember, however, that Democratic judges on the Colorado Supreme Court, in an act of blatant judicial political activism, invalidated the 2006 Defend Colorado Now initiative to deny state benefits to illegal aliens. They claimed it was not a single subject initiative because it would save Colorado Taxpayers money. They claimed the fiscal impact made it a multiple-subject initiative, which is not allowed in Colorado.

You can look up voter party affiliation on the Colorado registered voters (as of 1 September 2016). Presumably it includes information on judges, however some judges are not included in public databases for security reasons.

Where to vote

Figure out where, when, how and why you should vote this week, poated at EndGadget.

Mail voting

If you are concerned with your mail ballot being lost or discarded, take it to your County Clerk / elections office.

Follow up: find out if your ballot has been received. Follow the links on the Colorado Secretary of State page Go Vote Colorado. You can also check with your county to see if your ballot has been received. Many counties have online access to check whether your ballot has been received.

Messed up your Colorado ballot? Had a change of heart? You may be able to fix it - Voters have options — unless the clerk already has their ballot, Denver Post, October 31, 2016.

Voter fraud / election fraud

You can install this new smartphone app VoteStand to report voter fraud.

Here are telephone numbers to call about suspicious activity you observe while voting. Courtesy National Association of Chiefs of Police.

State numbers to call in the event of voter fraud

The Department of Justice will monitor some election sites. U.S. Attorneys in 94 offices across the nation respond to questions regarding election irregularities.

Complaints may be submitted to any of the local U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, the local FBI offices or the Public Integrity Section at 202-514-1412.

A list of U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and their telephone numbers is at www.justice.gov/usao/find-your-united-states-attorney. A list of FBI offices and accompanying telephone numbers is at www.fbi.gov/contact-us.

If you or someone else is intimidated into changing or withholding your vote, you can call the U.S. Department of Justice at 800-253-3931 or report it to the non-partisan Election Protection coalition at 866-OUR-VOTE.

For more information, see Figure out where, when, how and why you should vote this week, poated at EndGadget.