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California is considered a global trendsetter in popular culture,
innovation, and politics. (from here)
What does California trendsetting mean today? Well, here is an excerpt from an article written by some California’s leading politicians after the presidential election in 2016.
In our first steps after the election, the California Legislature and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors affirmed our commitment to immigrants, regardless of their immigration status or religion.
We introduced and advanced measures to guarantee that anyone subject to deportation has access to legal representation and due process. We will also make sure that our state’s institutions of learning are open to every young student, regardless of their immigration status. California, 39 million residents strong, will stand up for every Californian.
California has long been America’s trendsetter, ever since it joined the Union in 1850. Our social, cultural, economic and demographic changes often foreshadow those of the nation as a whole. (from Opinion: California is Still America’s Future (nbcnews.com))
What are these people saying? Do they want illegal aliens to vote too? Well, what are Democrats doing in California? They are making it easy to steal elections. Consider this article, Paul Ryan Is Right: California’s Election Laws Are Vulnerable To Fraud (thefederalist.com). The author lists six reasons Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, is right.
- The DMV automatically registers people to vote, even illegal immigrants.
- ‘Ballot Harvesting’ allows political operatives to drop off other people’s ballots.
- California allows voters to register to vote and cast a ballot on Election Day.
- Voters can cast a ballot at the “wrong” polling place.
- Counties are allowed to mail absentee ballots to every voter in the county.
- Absentee ballots that arrive a week later will still be counted.
Do you wonder why Republicans think Democrats want to keep counting ballots until they win? Well, are rules like the state of California’s conducive to an honest election? Of course not! One California Republican Party official began an article on the subject this way.
Young Kim was poised to become the first Korean-American woman elected to Congress.
Her 14-point lead was the lone bright spot on an otherwise dismal night for Orange County Republicans. But, over the past week, Republicans have watched the first-generation immigrant’s lead evaporate. With thousands of provisional ballots left to count, her commanding lead is now underwater. She lost one week after the election.
There’s no evidence of ballot box shenanigans. No need. Democrats know it’s easier to erode voter integrity laws than to stuff ballot boxes. (continued When a 14-point Republican lead disappears (washingtontimes.com))
So what do Democrats say in response. Well, the authors of that first quote would tell us Republicans are not committed to diversity. Others would say Republicans discriminate by making it difficult for people to vote. What they ignore is cheating. Nobody cheats. Everyone is a good person. Check out:
- The New Republican Myth of California Voter Fraud (nymag.com)
- GOP cries foul after California thumping (politico.com)
Ryan focused on a particular issue (see Paul Ryan isn’t saying there was voter fraud in California. But . . . (washingtonpost.com)), and he actually suggested that The Washington Post (tongue in cheek, no doubt) do a story.
Ryan’s mention of “ballot harvesting” echoed complaints from other Republicans, including Orange County Republican Party Chairman Fred Whitaker. The term describes when a voter hands over a completed ballot to a third party to be cast for them. This was the first year the practice was legal in California.
In an election postmortem email to supporters, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, Whitaker wrote: “The number of election day vote-by-mail drop-offs was unprecedented — over 250,000. This is a direct result of ballot harvesting. That directly caused the switch from being ahead on election night to losing two weeks later. … We have to develop a response to this new law that allows us to remain competitive while recognizing the realities of Republican voter attitudes towards handing over their ballot.”
Ryan said he wouldn’t go so far as to ask the state attorney general to review the results but suggested that The Washington Post should write a story about it. (from here)
What exactly is ballot harvesting? Check out the following.
- Banning ballot harvesting boosts elections integrity (azcapitoltimes.com)
- ballot harvesting (thevotingnews.com)
- Democratic sweep in California raises GOP suspicion (washingtontimes.com)
- Election fraud scheme on L.A.’s skid row got homeless to sign fake names for cigarettes and cash, D.A. says (latimes.com)
- Exclusive–Election Fraud Expert: California’s Ballot Harvesting Favored Democrats (breitbart.com)
- Ballot harvesting bounty: How Dems apparently used election law change to rout California Republicans (foxnews.com)
- What is ‘ballot harvesting’ and how was it used in California elections? (sandiegouniontribune.com)
Now think about this comment.
Despite being stung by the Democratic ground game and ballot harvesting moves, some Republicans admitted they were – at least a little bit – impressed by how the Democrats pulled off their near sweep of the House in California.
“I have a little bit of professional admiration for how well the Democrats executed their plan,” Dale Neugebauer, a longtime Republican strategist, told the Chronicle.
“The Democrats are creating a new, highly efficient tool to turn out voters,” Neugebauer added. “If Republicans can’t find a way to match it, we’re going to lose more elections all over the country.” (from Ballot harvesting bounty: How Dems apparently used election law change to rout California Republicans (foxnews.com))
What are Republican strategists going to do, learn how to cheat better than Democrats? That will save our republic?
Do we want honest elections or the best elections money can buy? If we don’t figure out the answer to that soon, we can gripe all we want about who replaces Donald Trump, but we won’t be able to do anything about it.
Look carefully at California. How likely is it that the filthy rich can buy the election results they want? And remember. California prides itself on being the trendsetter for the rest of our country.