This is How California's "Ballot Harvesting" Law Leads to Voter Fraud

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This is How California's "Ballot Harvesting" Law Leads to Voter Fraud

(Partially reprinted with permission from Miranda Morales, RedState Contributor.)

Recent changes in California’s vote-by-mail law regarding “ballot harvesting” make the state an attractive target for unscrupulous campaigns to easily influence (or steal) elections.

In October 2018, in California's hotly contested 25th Congressional district, two-term Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) was fighting off a challenge from Katie Hill (D-Newhall). Footage from a Santa Clarita family’s Ring camera is telling.

She wrote:

“This lady identified herself as Lulu, knew my name and said she was here to ‘pick up my ballot.’ She then said it was because some law was passed and people’s mail-in ballots didn’t get to the polls? This is news to me. All of my emails have given me address to drop-off or I can mail. Also I’m an independent, not a Democrat. She didn’t ask for my husband’s.”

Lulu says in the video (emphasis added):

“Yeah, we’re offering this new service, but only to, like, people who are supporting the Democratic party. It’s a service; I’m just trying to pick up your ballot and show you how to do it if you don’t know.

If you don’t know how? Who doesn’t know how to fill out a ballot? Dubious, the woman asks, “You came here to pick up my ballot?” Lulu replies:

“Yeah, the bill just passed last year, but at the end. So there’s been a problem with like people — like half the ballots that were mailed last year didn’t get back. A lot of people weren’t signing the envelope on the back and stuff. “

Lulu is referring to California’s AB 1921, signed into law by Gov. Moonbeam Jerry Brown in September 2016 (again, emphasis added).

“A vote by mail voter who is unable to return the ballot may designate any person to return the ballot to the elections official from whom it came or to the precinct board at a polling place within the jurisdiction. The ballot must, however, be received by either the elections official from whom it came or the precinct board before the close of the polls on election day.”

However, the concern wasn’t about ensuring people can vote. It’s about making sure that Dems can harvest those ballots legally to have more control over “turnout.” A watchdog group voiced concerns about how this would play out before the bill was ever passed:

AB 1921 would allow anybody to walk into an elections office and hand over truckloads of vote by mail envelopes with ballots inside, no questions asked, no verified records kept. It amounts to an open invitation to large-scale vote buying, voter coercion, “granny farming”, and automated forgery. AB 1921 solves no problem that a simple stamp can’t solve.

The woman doesn’t sound convinced, but Lulu attempts to assure her all is well.

“It’s not like I’m going to fabricate it…But it has to be sealed and it has to be signed for me to even touch it.”

Lulu is right; there are a few laws governing the “harvesting” of ballots. The voter has to sign the outside of the envelope, as does the designated person. That doesn’t prevent the harvester from telling the voter which candidate to vote for or even lying about what the issues on the ballot are. Harvesters can be compensated – by campaigns, even – but just can’t be compensated on the basis of the number of ballots collected. I was unable to find anything requiring the designated person to prove that they are the person listed on the envelope when they:
(e) (1) A person designated to return a vote by mail ballot shall not receive any form of compensation based on the number of ballots that the person has returned and no individual, group, or organization shall provide compensation on this basis.
(2) For purposes of this paragraph, “compensation” means any form of monetary payment, goods, services, benefits, promises or offers of employment, or any other form of consideration offered to another person in exchange for returning another voter’s vote by mail ballot.

When the woman asks how she’ll know that everything was handled properly, Lulu decides to walk away. “That’s okay.”

If it’s such a problem she’s trying to solve, why does she walk away so easily?

We all know the answer to that.

Californians, be ruthless in getting your contacts to turn in their absentee ballots only at county offices or through other official means.

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