‘Ballot Harvesting’ 2020 Has CA Democrats At Odds With Republican Voter Drop Boxes


With health safety concerns at polling stations due to the coronavirus, California Governor Gavin Newsom  signed an executive order stating all ballots will be mailed for the Nov. 3 election to all registered voters.

California Globe reported over 458,000 California registrants who have likely died or moved will be mailed ballots.

Gov. Newsom boasts California is the “first state” to make this change. Perhaps that’s because other states are still functioning democracies, where new laws need to pass a Legislature.

— Kevin Kiley (@KevinKileyCA) May 8, 2020

While Newsom’s order is still being challenged in court, Republicans in Southern California set up their own ballot drop boxes at churches, gas stations and gun shops.

This set off California Democrats, and almost immediately, Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Secretary of State Alex Padilla, both Democrats, sent a “cease and desist” letter this week telling the CA GOP “to stop operating unofficial ballot drop boxes.”

Becerra warned the California Republican Party:

“Misleading voters is wrong, regardless of who is doing it,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “Political parties and campaigns can engage in get out the vote efforts, but they cannot violate state law. The unofficial, unauthorized drop boxes in question violate state law and jeopardize the security of voters’ ballots. State and local elections officials have worked tirelessly to provide voters multiple safe, secure options to return their vote-by-mail ballots. These unauthorized drop boxes are a disservice to elections administrators and a disservice to voters who deserve to cast their ballots with clarity and confidence.”

But according to state law, this is not illegal.

In 2016 the California Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown ostensibly “legalized” ballot harvesting, allowing a third party to collect ballots and deliver them to election officials, eliminating the ballot protection law that allowed only a family member to return another voter’s ballot.

Assembly Bill 1921 now allows anyone to return an absentee ballot.

The law also encouraged campaign operatives to engage in coercive tactics, achieving the perfection of election fraud, as happened in 2018.

On election night 2018, California Republicans were heading for victories. Less than one month later, while ballots were still being counted, half of California’s Republican Congressional races were flipped by Democrat challengers, none of whom ever held an elected public office.

Republicans lost election night leads for five members of Congress, three state Assembly races, two state Senate seats and a Board of Equalization candidate in 2018.

California Democrats have created the perfect storm with pre-voter registration for teenagers, and illegal aliens, felons, and inmates are now able to vote. San Francisco also now allows illegal aliens to vote in a local election. Remember how the city spent more than $300,000 to register 49 non-citizens to vote?

Same-day voter registration and voting is now allowed now in California. And, in 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law The California New Motor Voter Program, which automatically registers all “eligible” California voters to vote when they first obtain or renew their driver’s licenses at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

So Republicans decided to partake in the law, and set up secure ballot drop boxes.

GOP attorneys sent a letter to the Attorney General and Secretary of State in response to the “cease and desist” order, pointing out, “the program that you now falsely claim to be illegal, is a perfect example of what you “proudly” stated to be permissible just last year.”

“The California Republican Party opposes ballot harvesting, and wishes you had enacted adequate ballot security provisions after the laws were changed.”

CA GOP response letter to AG, SOS. (Photo: Sen. Melissa Melendez, Facebook)

“Democrats have blasted the use of the unofficial boxes and say they fear Republicans could use them to gather and discard ballots,” Fox News reported. This is ironic since that is exactly what Democrats and anti-Trumpers have done in several other states.

Breitbart reported in September a Democrat insider said that anti-Trump postal workers in GOP neighborhoods throw mail-in ballots in the garbage. It is important to note that the postal workers labor union endorsed Joe Biden, ABC reported.

“The fraud tactic was potentially most recently used in the swing district of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, where the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Justice Department (DOJ) say mail-in ballots by members of the United States Armed Forces cast for Trump were ‘discarded,’” Breitbart reported.

State Republican Party spokesman Hector Barajas told Breitbart News that Padilla’s cease-and-desist letter is “just a deflection from the mounting criticism for giving a non-budgeted, $35 million get-out-the-vote contract to a ‘Team Biden’ PR firm, which is also receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars to oppose Republican candidates in targeted California districts.”

Last week, California Globe reported that California’s Secretary of State Alex Padilla had awarded a $35 million voter outreach contract with a “Team Biden” consulting firm with obvious ties to the Democratic Party.

The Globe also reported last week that California State Controller Betty Yee had rejected the state’s contract with the firm — but that the state was not answering questions. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson featured the story on Monday night, Breitbart reported.

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