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West Virginia Partners With Startup To Bring Smartphone Voting To Some Military Residents

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Evie Fordham | Politics and Health Care Reporter

Some West Virginia residents serving overseas in the military will be able to cast their ballots via smartphone after the state partnered with Boston startup Voatz for a pilot program.

“When I was in the military myself, there were a number of situations where I had difficulty voting myself and then all four of my children are also in the military and they also had difficulty voting. In fact, they have not been able to vote at all during various times,” West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner told Fox Business.

In this photo taken on July 7, 2018, A US Army soldier from NATO and an Afghan Local Police (ALP) look on in a checkpoint during a patrol against Islamic State militants at the Deh Bala district in the eastern province of Nangarhar Province. WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images

In this photo taken on July 7, 2018, A US Army soldier from NATO and an Afghan Local Police (ALP) look on in a checkpoint during a patrol against Islamic State militants at the Deh Bala district in the eastern province of Nangarhar Province. WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images

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“This is a real problem and when I became West Virginia’s secretary of state I wanted to find a way to make this happen and we found that the answer is technology,” Warner, who is a Republican, continued.

Voatz and West Virginia first worked together to make it easier for members of the military to vote via smartphone during the primary elections in May, reported Fox Business. (RELATED: Here Are The Candidates Who Received Trump‘s Endorsement For The Midterms… How Will They Do On Election Day?)

“This is not internet voting through a browser. It’s through an app using a modern smartphone that has thumbprint or facial recognition capabilities,” Voatz board member Jonathan Johnson told Fox Business.

Voters use a video selfie to confirm their identity in the app, which uses thumbprint and facial recognition technologies and blockchain technologies to protect and anonymize the voter’s ballot.

The overseas voters who are cleared to vote using Voatz will get the chance to cast ballots in the toss-up Senate race between Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican challenger Patrick Morisey.

Since roughly 450,000 U.S. troops are stationed overseas, smartphone voting could streamline many voters’ experiences if other states try it.

Voatz’s West Virginia program will include residents of 24 counties, reported WV News.

Voatz was founded in 2014 and bills itself as a “mobile elections platform.”

The pilot program still makes some people worry about election security, which has popped up as a major issue in some races. One of those races is the Georgia gubernatorial contest between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams. Abrams accused Kemp of suppressing minority voters while in his office as Georgia secretary of state.

No West Virginia municipality made the list for the top 100 cities for veterans to live in 2018.

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Big Actress Considering Giving Her Baby Away To Another Country Save It From TRUMP

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Holy CRAP.

This is some PEAK Trump Derangement Syndrome, folks.

I mean… what planet do these nutjobs even LIVE ON?!

Actress Amber Tamblyn of “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” recently revealed that on the night Hillary lost, she went into a panic attack imagining she would have to give her unborn child up for adoption to Canadians or some ridiculous crap.

I’m not even exaggerating here.

As the night wore on and it became clear that Clinton was facing a steep challenge to the presidency, “I swigged some more Zantac, and my baby shoved her foot into my ribs, as if to foreshadow the pain that was yet to come,” Tamblyn read. Her line “Katy Perry anxiously chewed on a celery stick” drew some laughs. When Clinton’s director of strategic communications informed Javits Center attendees that Clinton would not be speaking, Tamblyn came to a grim conclusion: “A dark realization swallowed me: I was going to bring a baby into this world. And not just any baby: a girl.” Tamblyn recalled imagining if she should give her baby away to Canadians or Swedes.

I’m sorry… but if things REALLY were so bad, wouldn’t you go away WITH your baby? You’d really just hand your baby over to someone?

This is so freaking INSAAANE.

I mean – WTF?! Did any of you ever consider giving up your children because of Obama? No? Yeah. Didn’t think so.

The Hollywood Reporter has more on this story:

Tamblyn, the final reader of the afternoon, shared an essay about the 2016 Election Night from her upcoming release Era of Ignition. The essay recalled 2016’s presidential election night, which Tamblyn spent with Ferrera and comedian Amy Schumer in New York’s Javits Center while several months pregnant. She and her friends wore matching white pantsuits to signal their support of Clinton, “looking like the cast of some new primetime medical drama,” Tamblyn joked.

As the night wore on and it became clear that Clinton was facing a steep challenge to the presidency, “I swigged some more Zantac, and my baby shoved her foot into my ribs, as if to foreshadow the paint that was yet to come,” Tamblyn read. Her line “Katy Perry anxiously chewed on a celery stick” drew some laughs. When Clinton’s director of strategic communications informed Javits Center attendees that Clinton would not be speaking, Tamblyn came to a grim conclusion: “A dark realization swallowed me: I was going to bring a baby into this world. And not just any baby: a girl.” Tamblyn recalled imagining if she should give her baby away to Canadians or Swedes.

At a subway station the following day, Tamblyn read, she began experiencing pain and shortness of breath, which caused her collapse on the stairs. She recalled a “homeless man” saying, “Oh shit, it’s going down!” and offering to cut her umbilical cord with beard scissors if she went into labor. Ultimately, Tamblyn learned she was just having a panic attack.

“’How can I keep her safe?’” Tamblyn recalled asking her doctor on a visit about the attack.

“You can’t, but you can keep her close,” her doctor responded, before suggesting that she listen to a one-minute recording every day to remind her of the tenacity of love. Tamblyn ended her set by playing the recording for the audience: a one-minute record of her baby’s heartbeat.

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Trump On Brink Of Forcing Migrants To Undergo MAJOR New Screening – Dems WON’T Be Happy!

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President Donald Trump’s administration is considering giving U.S. troops on the border with Mexico the authority to carry out medical screening of migrants, U.S. officials told Reuters on Tuesday.

The proposal, which is still in draft form and is circulating within the administration, would involve the military in screenings for things like illness and injury only if U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency personnel were overwhelmed and unable to do so on their own, the officials said.

The proposal would expand the mission for the Pentagon, which said previously it did not expect its forces to directly interact with migrants.

The Pentagon declined to comment.

U.S. military duties on the border, including stringing up concertina wire and building temporary housing, have been aimed at supporting CBP personnel.

The U.S. officials who spoke to Reuters about the proposal did so on condition of anonymity because Trump has not yet signed off on the idea.

It was unclear if the proposal, if confirmed in the coming days, might prolong the deployment of at least some troops at the border.

The commander of the mission told Reuters last week that the number of troops may have peaked at around 5,800, and he would soon look at whether to begin sending forces home or shifting some to new border positions. [nL2N1XQ0XV]

Reporting by Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart; Editing by Peter Cooney

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