If you don’t know what “Ballot Harvesting” is, you need to keep reading, because this is the weapon that Democrats used in California to flip red seats blue during the 2018 midterms.
So first things first, what is “Ballot Harvesting?”
“Ballot harvesting” is political jargon for a practice in which organized workers or volunteers collect absentee ballots from certain voters and drop them off at a polling place or election office. Coined by California Republicans, the term carries a negative connotation to suggest improprieties and even election fraud. The conservative site Townhall.com called it the California Democrats’ “latest election-stealing tool.” The San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board took a different view, calling it “a sinister-sounding way of saying their opponents turned out more votes than they did” in one recent editorial. [San Diego Tribune]
Back in 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a change to Section 3017 of the Election Code that allows any person to collect a mail-in ballot from voters and turn in the mail ballot to a polling place or the registrar’s office.
Prior to that, federal law restricted the practice to just relatives of or those living in the same household as the voter. Now, anyone, anywhere can collect your ballots and turn them in.
Critics call this a “banana republic” move, while proponents say it allows eligible citizens to participate in elections across California.
I say it’s a way for Democrats to steal votes.
Whatever you want to say about why it’s happening, doesn’t much matter – because it is happening — and former Congressman Jason Chaffetz says this is the model that the Democrats will use to steal 2020.
The process of ballot harvesting should be illegal for very good reason. It violates the chain of custody, exposing the ballot to potential manipulation by campaign operatives or nonprofit political groups. They could harass voters to turn in ballots, “assist” them in filling them out, and potentially “lose” ballots that don’t support the candidate the ballot harvester is paid to help.
The indication that ballot harvesting made the difference in California can be found in the vote proportions. Studies of absentee voters have consistently shown they tend to reflect the population or lean slightly to the right. But when ballot harvesting was deployed in California, we saw late ballots break heavily for Democrats. [Fox News]
Chaffetz goes on to explain how Ballot Harvesting propelled many unlikely Democrat candidates to victory in 2018.
Take, for example, the race between former Republican Rep. David Valadao and Democrat T. J. Cox in California’s rural 21st district. When polls closed, Valadao led Cox by 6,000 votes — or 8 percent. That margin was wide enough for media outlets to call the race for Valadao.
However, late ballots delivered by third-party groups broke so heavily for Cox that he ultimately eked out an 843-vote victory. The results after ballot harvesting were very different from the polling before the race and since. In a July 2019 NRCC survey, Cox was polling at just 36 percent, while 52 percent said they would support “a potential Republican challenger.” Valadao has since filed for a rematch.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that elsewhere in the state, Orange County voters on election night 2018 were calling the registrar’s office asking if it was legitimate for someone to come to their door and ask if they could take their ballot.
Who was coming to the door? According to a January 2019 Los Angeles Times story, illegal Dreamers were deeply engaged in the process — not just delivering ballots, but helping voters fill them out. [Fox News]
Imagine an army of liberal activists hitting the streets, day after day, going door-to-door with their clipboards, forcing clueless people to vote for their candidates.
Not too hard to imagine, right?
The Times reports on the experience of one Dreamer, Gabriela Cruz, who “found” a voter smoking a cigarette on a tattered old couch behind a group home hours before election day. He politely tried to wave her off until she “reminded him” he had a right that she as an immigrant without citizenship didn’t have. Half an hour later, she was helping the voter lookup candidates as he filled out his ballot by the light of her phone.
What are the implications of activists with an agenda “helping” voters look up candidates and fill out ballots? How many of those activists are willing to turn in a ballot that doesn’t help their cause? Should we be exposing people’s ballots to that kind of temptation?
Election security is more than Russian hackers trying to change votes. We must secure the chain of custody of ballots, validate the identity of the voter, and maintain updated voter lists. Thus far, Democrats have shown no interest in any of that. [Fox News]
Now, imagine that same army bypassing the door knocking and simply filling out thousands, and thousands (and thousands) of ballots and turning them in to be counted.
Can you see that happening? I know I can.
Either way you look at it, Ballot Harvesting can be used to manipulate the vote. It already worked for Democrats in California.
Chaffetz goes on to warn us about phony “election security” measures that will come from The House. He claims these measures are actually designed to open up “Ballot Harvesting” and allow the Dems to steal 2020.
Don’t be fooled by cries for the Senate to pass so-called “election security” measures coming from the House. These measures are designed to enforce less secure voting processes on local communities, including the very vulnerable mail-in ballot. They are not about election security. They are about election manipulation in 2020.
If we want to get serious about securing our elections, state and local lawmakers and election officials must crackdown on the practice of ballot harvesting. Otherwise, Democrats will use it to manipulate the results of the 2020 elections. [Fox News]
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