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Anti-Lockdown Pastor Holds 35,000-Person Maskless Music Concert in D.C. National Mall

Failed congressional candidate, Christian musician and activist Sean Feucht held the final stop of his “Let Us Worship” concert tour at the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Sunday.

But while Feucht and other Christian media outlets such as the Christian Broadcasting Network claimed that 35,000 to 40,000 people attended the event, local news reporters with WUSA9 estimated the largely maskless crowd only to be in the “hundreds.”

The event, which went from 4 to 8 p.m. local time, featured Feucht and other musicians as well as on-site prayers and baptisms. Republican Missouri Senator Josh Hawley also made an appearance on stage to pray for then-Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

The permit for the event included “a COVID-19 mitigation plan” with sanitation stations near portable toilets, masks and gloves for stage crew and “a sign placed at the table where we will give away Bibles,” WUSA9 reports.

However, the station’s reporters say they saw “virtually no social distancing or mask-wearing,” adding that “Feucht’s staff, are seen not wearing masks or abiding by social distancing restrictions per [guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention].”

An official with the National Park Service, which oversees the maintenance of the National Mall, told the station, “While the National Park Service strongly encourages social distancing, the use of face coverings and other measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, we will not require nor enforce their use.”

Christian activist and musician Sean Feucht held a protest concert at the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Sunday, and a local media outlet said the attendees largely didn’t wear masks. This image is a photo illustration of a Christian concert.

In a tweet published on the morning of October 26, Feucht wrote of the concert, stating, “Over 35,000 Americans gathered to pray, worship and fill Washington DC with HOPE, LIFE & FAITH yesterday! A new Jesus people movement is sweeping the nation!”

Feucht is the leading force behind “Let Us Worship,” a group that opposes church-related lockdown measures as a violation of religious liberty. He has held similar events in California, Maine, Oregon, Colorado, Florida and Nashville, Tennessee, the last of which was held without his first acquiring a permit for the event.

Videos of Feucht’s past “Let Us Worship” events posted on his personal YouTube account have shown mostly white audience members without face masks and not practicing social distancing measures.

Feucht has called his events “protests” to circumvent municipal coronavirus requirements under the banner of free speech. Republican President Donald Trump has done the same thing in order to hold his large rallies without face masks or social distancing either, according to the Associated Press.

Earlier this year, Feucht ran an unsuccessful campaign to become a Republican House representative for the state of California. His campaign ended when he lost his state’s March 3 primary election.

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From Scott Baio to Dennis Quaid, These Celebrities Are Voting For Trump

November 3 is now just one week away as Americans prepare to head to the polls for what has been a tough and divisive presidential race.

While most celebrities who are open about their seem to be proudly supporting Biden/Harris, there is of course a cohort of famous faces who are firmly in the Trump/Pence camp.

Joe Biden is far ahead of Trump in the average of national polls. FiveThirtyEight has the Democrat nominee ahead nationally by an average of 9 percentage points, and Real Clear Politics shows Donald Trump behind by an average of 8 percentage points.

Biden currently leads Donald Trump in Texas, a state that has consistently votes Republican for the last 40 years.

Donald Trump speaks during a rally on October 23, 2020 in Pensacola, Florida.
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With just one week to go, here’s a look at some high profile names who will be voting for Trump.

Kirstie Alley

Actress Kirstie Alley attends the ‘Kirstie’ premiere party at Harlow on December 3, 2013, in New York City. Alley may appear on The U.K.’s “Celebrity Big Brother.”
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Last week actress Kirstie Alley faced severe backlash when she voiced her support for Trump and tweeted about her intentions to vote for the Republican on November 3.

The longtime Trump supporter, took to the platform on Saturday night to tell her followers that she will vote for the president again in 2020 because “he’s NOT a politician.”

Lil Pump

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Lil Pump performs during the 2019 Rolling Loud music festival at Citi Field on October 12, 2019 in New York City.
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Florida rapper Lil Pump took to social media Sunday to declare his support for the Republican while also extending insults to Democrat nominee Joe Biden.

“THE DAY I MET TRUMP #trump202022020,” he wrote alongside a photo of him and the president.

“All I gotta say is Trump 2020 b****” he said. “F*** I look like paying a extra 33 is tax for Biden, b***** ass n—. F**** sleepy Joe n— Trump 2020 b****.”

James Woods

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A long-time Trump supporter, the Hercules voice actor is incredibly active on social media where he often tweets his support for the GOP and the Trump administration.

In May, he tweeted: “Let’s face it. Donald Trump is a rough individual. He is vain, insensitive and raw. But he loves America more than any President in my lifetime. He is the last firewall between us and this cesspool called Washington. I’ll take him any day over any of these bums. #Trump2020.”

Jon Voight

Another long-time and vocal Trump supporter, Jon Voight came to the president’s defense during the impeachment hearings last year.

“This is a war against the highest nobleman who has defended our country, and made us safe and great again,” Voight said in the video posted to Twitter. “Let me stand with our president. Let us all stand with our President Trump in a time of such evil words trying for impeachment.”

Isaiah Washington

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Grey’s Anatomy actor Isaiah Washington left the Democrats in 2019 and voiced his support for Trump.

“Walking away … is a sacrifice, it’s a risk, and there’s a penalty for it,” Washington told Fox Nation’s Nuff Said per The Hill. He said the reason why he chose to “walk away from the Democratic Party as I know it … is that something doesn’t feel right.”

Dennis Quaid

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Dennis Quaid has accused the media of politicizing his conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci.
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“I think Trump, no matter what anybody thinks of him, is doing a good job at trying to get these states—and all of the American people—what they need,” the actor said in April 2020 per The Daily Beast, “and also trying to hold our economy together and be prepared for when this is all over.”

Scott Baio

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Scott Baio attends a news conference to discuss harassment allegations on August 2, 2018, in Woodland Hills, California. Wanda Sykes blasted Baio on Twitter on May 27, 2020.
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Scott Baio has appeared in an interview on the official website of the 2020 Trump campaign.

The Happy Days actor also spoke at the 2016 Republican National convention.

Kid Rock

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President Donald Trump and Kid Rock played golf at a Florida resort the day after Robert Muller handed in his Russia report.
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Alongside Donald Trump Jr., Kid Rock co-hosted a Trump rally in September in Michigan. The singer also supported the president in 2016.

Stacey Dash

The Clueless star is famously a Republican and has #MAGA” and “#WomenForTrump” in her Twitter bio.

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Stacey Dash at the “American Sniper” New York premiere at Frederick P. Rose Hall, in New York City, on December 15, 2014.
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Dean Cain

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Dean Cain speaks onstage at the Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 25th Anniversary Reunion panel during New York Comic Con 2018 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 5, 2018 in New York City.
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The actor who once played Superman told the Washington Post he is “backing the president for sure.”

“I don’t like a single Democratic candidate,” he said. “I mean Pete Buttigieg is an interesting guy and he’s smart and he’s eloquent, but when you start getting into his economic philosophies and that whole Marxist push—no, I’m not cool with that.”

Ted Nugent

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Ted Nugent speaks at the 2015 NRA Annual Convention during Freedom Is Not Free And We The People Must Keep It Alive! at the Music City Center on April 12, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Country singer Ted Nugent is voting for Trump.

“I think he’s the greatest president in the history of America,” he told “Pat’s Soundbytes Unplugged” podcast, adding: “I think he’s the greatest leader in the history of the human experience.”

Roseanne Barr

Actor and comedian Roseanne Barr in Beverly Hills, California in 2018.
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The controversial comedy actress posted a photo wearing a MAGA hat earlier this year.

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More Young People Say They Will ‘Definitely’ Vote in Election Than in 2016, Poll Says

A 63 percent majority of young voters insist they will “definitely” vote in the 2020 presidential election, according to a new poll.

The 2020 election could feature a very high turnout of young voters, if the results of a new poll prove correct.

A national survey released Monday by Harvard University found that 63 percent of respondents aged 18-29 said they would “definitely” vote in this year’s election. The result is a substantial increase over the 47 percent who said the same before the 2016 election, and it matches the 63 percent of respondents aged 18-24 who said they would “definitely” vote before the 2008 election.

“Young Americans recognize that the issues that impact their day-to-day lives are on the ballot, from health care and mental health to racial and social justice,” Mark Gearan, director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School, said in a statement. “The unprecedented interest in this election and the significant increase in early and mail-in ballots portend historic turnout.”

“As this generation becomes the largest voting bloc in the electorate, their notable civic participation is a very good sign for the future,” Gearan added.

When former President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden were first elected in 2008, actual turnout of voters aged 18-29 reached a peak of 48.4 percent, according to the United States Elections Project. Despite increased efforts at increasing youth voter turnout, the youngest age groups have remained the least likely to cast ballots in elections for decades.

High turnout among young voters would likely be a massive advantage to Democrats and Biden in particular, with polls consistently showing him with a significant lead over President Donald Trump. The Harvard poll shows Biden favored by 50 percent of voters aged 18-29 compared to 26 percent for Trump, with Biden’s lead reaching 63 percent to 25 percent among likely voters.

The former vice president’s favorability rating among young voters has also increased since a Harvard poll earlier in the year. Biden’s favorability rating in the poll released Monday was 56 percent among likely voters, up from 42 percent in a survey conducted in March. The biggest shift was seen among young Hispanic voters, moving from 38 percent favorable in March to 55 percent favorable in the recent survey.

However, only 63 percent of young Biden voters believe that the Democrat will win the election, compared to 74 percent of Trump voters who are confident that the president will be reelected. Of those who said they would vote for neither candidate, 36 percent believed Biden would be the winner, while 30 percent predicted a Trump victory and 34 percent were unsure.

Mirroring other surveys of the general population, the poll also found that the way young voters planned to vote depended heavily on their political party. A 56 percent majority of Democrats said they would vote by mail, compared to 33 percent of Republicans. Conversely, 56 percent of Republicans planned to vote in person, compared to 33 percent of Democrats.

The poll was conducted among 2,026 people aged 18 to 29 between September 23 and October 11. It has a margin of error of 2.18 percent.

Newsweek reached out to the Trump and Biden campaigns for comment.

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Ted Cruz Says Democrats ‘Assume What Trump Wants’ Out of a Supreme Court Justice

Texas Senator Ted Cruz said in a Monday interview with Axios on HBO that Democrats make assumptions about what kind of justices Republicans want on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cruz, a staunch Trump supporter, criticized the behavior of Democrats during the Senate hearings for Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was confirmed Monday night. Some Democrats have opined that Barrett’s presence on the Supreme Court would help conservatives overturn certain health care rulings, such as the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision which made abortion on demand in the U.S. legal. Cruz told Axios on HBO interviewer Jonathan Snow on Monday what he was looking for in a Supreme Court justice.

“There is a real difference between what Democrats and Republicans are looking for in a Supreme Court justice,” Cruz said. “Democrats are outcome oriented at the core. They want their guys to vote their way. They assume what Trump wants and a Republican senate wants is a justice that’s gonna vote for Donald Trump.”

“What I want the justices to do if we have that is to resolve the cases according to the law and the constitution,” Cruz continued. “I’m looking for a justice who will follow the law.”

Cruz said he believed that the U.S. Senate had a role in pushing back against appointees who may not follow the constitution.

“So it’s entirely consistent to say if you got a president who’s appointing the one, I’m gonna fight to confirm them,” Cruz continued. “If you’ve got a president who’s appointing the other, I’m going to fight not to confirm them.”

Texas Senator Ted Cruz said in an interview broadcast Monday on HBO that he was looking for a Supreme Court justice who would “follow the law.”
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Justice Barrett was appointed to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Supreme Court after a contentious confirmation process that many Democrats deemed unfair. Some Democrats said that Barrett should not be confirmed until after the November presidential election.

Before the vote was taken, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that Americans would “never forget this blatant act of bad faith.”

However, Barrett was confirmed by a 52 to 48 margin, with only Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins breaking ranks to vote against Barrett.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris said in a tweet after Barrett’s confirmation that the process was “illegitimate.” Harris added that Barrett’s confirmation was an effort by Republicans to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Millions of Americans have purchased health insurance through the ACA which the Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to overturn. Barrett, a Trump appointee, is expected to vote on the ACA.

“We won’t forget this,” Harris wrote. Newsweek reached out to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden‘s campaign for comment.

After a swearing-in ceremony at the White House, Barrett attempted to calm Democrats by saying she would not allow her personal belief systems to influence her voting record.

“The oath that I have solemnly taken tonight means, at its core, that I will do my job without any fear or favor, and that I will do so independently of both the political branches and of my own preferences,” Barrett said.

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Trump Leading Nationally in First Poll to Show Him Ahead in Over a Month

President Donald Trump gestures during a campaign rally in Allentown, Pennsylvania on October 26, 2020.
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A new poll finds President Donald Trump with a slim lead over Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for the first time in more than a month.

The Rasmussen Reports poll released Monday found that Trump was favored by 48 percent of likely voters, compared to 47 percent for Biden. Another 3 percent said they would vote for a third party candidate, while 2 percent were undecided. A Rasmussen poll released on September 16, also giving Trump a 1 point advantage, was the last publicly released national survey to show the president in the lead.

The candidates were statistically tied in the poll since the result falls well within a 2.5 margin of error. The poll was conducted online and over the phone among 1,500 likely voters on October 21, October 22 and October 25. The firm had been releasing weekly polls of the presidential race, but Monday’s survey was the first of several daily polls planned to be released until Election Day on November 3.

Rasmussen has a history of giving the president favorable poll results when compared to other firms. A job approval poll released Monday showed 52 percent approving of Trump’s performance, compared to 46 percent disapproving. The result is at odds with almost every other recent survey, with polling analysis site FiveThirtyEight’s average of approval polls to giving Trump a 42.7 percent approval rating and a 53.5 percent disapproval rating as of Monday night.

Other polls of the presidential election have also shown significantly different results than the Rasmussen survey, with a Monday average of recent surveys giving Biden a 9.4 national lead. Of the polls released on the same day as the Rasmussen poll, Biden’s 7 percent edge in an IBD/Tipp survey of likely voters was the next closest to approaching favorable for Trump, with some others giving the former vice president a double-digit lead.

State polling is somewhat less negative for Trump, although Biden is still maintaining a clear advantage. As of Monday, Trump was trailing Biden by an average of 2.3 percent in Florida, 5.1 percent in Pennsylvania, 7.1 percent in Wisconsin and 8.3 percent in Michigan, according to FiveThirtyEight. The president had a 1.5 percent lead in Ohio, while he held an average lead of 1.2 percent in Texas, where some recent surveys have suggested a surprisingly close race.

FiveThirtyEight’s election forecast gave Trump a 12 percent chance of winning the election on Monday, just over a week before Election Day. The site gave Trump a 24.8 percent chance of winning eight days before the 2016 election, when he defied polls and many predictions by defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College despite losing the national popular vote by 2.1 percent. Rasmussen’s final national poll of the previous election gave Clinton a 1.7 percent lead.

Newsweek reached out to the Trump and Biden campaigns for comment.

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Pro-Gun Groups Sue Michigan For Banning Open-Carry Firearms at Voting Locations

Several Michigan sheriffs have vocally refused to enforce a ban on firearms at polling places announced earlier this month by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. Several gun groups are also suing Benson, saying that she overstepped her authority by bypassing the state legislature to create an unconstitutional law.

On October 16, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson sent a directive to local clerks throughout the state informing them that openly-carried firearms aren’t allowed within 100 feet of polling places on Election Day.

The directive, which was intended to prevent voter intimidation and disturbances at polling places, doesn’t apply to in-person early voting locations. It still allows concealed guns at polling places that aren’t designated as “gun-free zones,” such as schools and churches, according to the Iosco County News-Herald. The directive also encourages police and elections officials to use “education and deterrence” over arrests.

Three groups—Michigan Open Carry, Michigan Gun Owners and the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners—have filed two lawsuits against Benson, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Michigan State Police director Colonel Joseph Gasper.

“If you want to pass a law in Michigan, there’s a procedure by which the state can do that,” Dean Greenblatt, attorney for Michigan Open Carry told WMNU-FM. “The Legislature passes a bill, and then it goes to the governor for signature, but we don’t have rule-by-edict in Michigan.”

The gun rights groups say that Benson’s directive violates the Second Amendment rights of gun owners who are within their legal right to carry firearms, adding that open-carriers shouldn’t have to choose between their right to bear arms and their right to vote.

However, Michigan state law gives Benson supervisory control over elections, including the right to issue such directives for polling places, according to The state also has a separate law forbidding people from participating in voter intimidation.

“As the state’s chief election officer, the secretary has a duty and responsibility to protect that right and to provide much-needed clarity to voters and election workers on the existing state and federal laws that prohibit voter intimidation, harassment and coercion,” Benson’s spokesperson Tracy Wimmer said in a statement issued on Friday.

The Michigan Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, has told local election officials that firearms aren’t allowed within 100 feet of polling stations on Election Day. But three gun rights groups are suing her and local police sheriffs have said that they won’t enforce her ban. In this July 4, 2020 photo, a man in full military gear attends an open carry protest in Richmond, Virginia.
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Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel said he wouldn’t enforce the ban, telling the Traverse City Record Eagle, “It’s illegal. [Benson] doesn’t have the authority to make laws.” He said he worries that more people will carry firearms at the polls now just to contest her “illegal order.”

Traverse City Police Chief Jeffrey O’Brien, Grand Traverse County Sheriff Tom Bensley and Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy have all said they have no intention of enforcing the directive either, though they pledge to respond to reports of any disturbances or voter intimidation on Election Day.

Robert Stevenson, director of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, has told chiefs to consult their local prosecutors for guidance on whether or not to enforce the ban.

Until the courts decide, Nessel has said Michigan State Police troopers will enforce the ban at any locations where local police refuse to.

Newsweek contacted Benson’s office for comment.

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With Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed, Does John Roberts Still Matter?

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts prepares to administer the oath to swear in U.S. Senators during pre-trial impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol on January 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. How Roberts will maneuver to remain relevant.
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Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. is smart, shrewd and funny. His mastery as a D.C. appellate lawyer—the best of his time, arguing 39 times before the Court—led admirers to say his middle initial stood for God. (Alas, it’s “Glover.”) His rulings in controversial cases—including when he was the decisive vote in 2012 to uphold Obamacare—play the long game, planting the seeds for larger conservative triumphs his opponents now don’t realize. Only weeks after he was confirmed in 2005, when a light bulb exploded in the courtroom during argument, he quipped, “It’s a trick they play on new chief justices all the time!” But for all his talents, few at the Court profess to really know him. Although he’ll chat with colleagues at lunch about last night’s game, that’s about all anybody learns about what’s inside.

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. With Barrett on the bench, the High Court has a 6-3 conservative majority. What does that mean for John Roberts?
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So it was astonishing several years ago that Roberts let his guard down. Law clerks were taking him to lunch a few blocks from the building. On the walk there, to make small talk, one asked, “How do you like the job?” Instead of pablum like, “It’s the privilege of a lifetime,” he showed his real self. Roberts reminded the clerks there had been only 16 chiefs before him. Of course he was thrilled to be No. 17. But Roberts understood the history of the Court. Even among the chiefs, he said, there had been only one John Marshall, who served for 34 years at the beginning of the 19th century. Marshall wrote the seminal Marbury v. Madison which established the Court’s authority over the other branches—a role that the actual text of the Constitution hardly manifested. In the conference room of the Court, where appeals are decided and where only the justices are allowed, Marshall’s portrait hung above the fireplace, gazing directly at Roberts, who presided over meetings. Marshall “had the opportunity to decide the great questions because the Constitution was undeveloped,” Roberts told the clerks.

“It’s not like that anymore,” he said. “I was born in the wrong era.”

Roberts got lucky. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy retired in 2018, and with the swearing-in of Brett M. Kavanaugh, Roberts became the median justice. Not exactly a true “swing justice,” which might suggest flaming moderation. He remained a die-hard conservative who came of age during Reagan days. On the Court, though, on most contentious cases he just happened to have four liberal justices to one side and four conservative justices on the other. He would be the most powerful chief justice since FDR’s term. And he was still in his early 60s, the third-youngest member of the Court. If he served until he was 87—the age at which Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in September—he wouldn’t reach the halfway point of his tenure until 2022. While Supreme Court eras get named by whomever sits in the center seat, the Roberts Court really would be. And it was that way for two years, as he cast pivotal votes in such key areas as gerrymandering, abortion and religion.