Written by MC
This from the American Spectator.
But here is where large-scale cheating comes in on this Moonbeam Harvest: They now allow ballot harvesting here. That means, on first blush, that a volunteer can offer to take a sealed, signed, and dated envelope and mail it or drop it off for the trusting voter. But the reality actually penetrates deeper: The volunteer may even offer to provide the postage stamp. (Is that a bribe? Who will know?) And who will be any the wiser if the Moonbeam Harvester even offers by-the-by to fill in the bubbles for the voter? Who will know? The ballot, after all, does not entail handwriting the choices, just filling in circles. So if the voter is a relative newcomer — let’s even assume legally, which is an assumption here — but let’s assume reasonably that the voter is not so adept in English, does not speak it or read it. Well, now you have this Moonbeam Harvester in the voter’s home, offering not only to advance the postage stamp and to take the envelope and drop it off or mail it — but even to fill in the bubbles for the voter who does not know English or otherwise has no time to ferret.
Elections are over and the Democrats swept Orange County, CA. But what really happened? How did this happen? Did the Republicans and Independents suddenly change party affiliation? Or was it about Trump?
Ballot Harvesting. Heard of it? Is it the new swear word? Some may think so. How do so many winners on election day become losers two weeks later? In one race, three weeks later. So you may ask, what’s Ballot Harvesting? In the past, California allowed only relatives or those living in the same household to drop off mail ballots for another voter. Ballot harvesting allows anyone, even a paid political campaign worker, to collect and return ballots — “harvesting” them. Changes were made two years ago and this was the first election it was used.
In Arizona, The legislature passed a law against Ballot Harvesting. The Democrats took it to court and lost. A federal judge has rejected a bid by a Democrat activist to void a 2016 law that makes “ballot harvesting” illegal and to allow the practice to resume for Tuesday’s primary. In a ruling late Friday, Judge Douglas Rayes acknowledged that once an early ballot is put into an envelope it becomes “mail.” And he said federal law specifically allows private individuals to deliver mail as long as they do not charge a fee.
So the Democrats appealed. Same result. Yet another legal challenge to Arizona’s “ballot harvesting” law was shot down in federal court Wednesday when a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to overturn the law known as HB 2023. Arizona Democratic Party activist Rivko Knox challenged the law on grounds that it was pre-empted by federal law and that it violated her First and Fifth Amendment rights. An attorney for Knox said she was “incredibly disappointed” in the ruling that upheld what one voting rights activist dubbed the “you can’t help your elderly and disabled neighbor vote law.”
In closing, California Republicans have a chance to win this. The courts so far are in their favor. Do they proceed? Some claim that not allowing Ballot Harvesting is voter suppression. But what would you call this?
In one Orange County household, for example, both the husband and
wife were longtime Republicans, said Dale Neugebauer, a veteran
Republican consultant. Democratic volunteers came by the house four times,
each time asking to speak only with their 18-year-old daughter, a
no-party-preference voter, and asking if she wanted them to pick up her
signed and completed ballot. “It’s Lulu, I’m here to pick up your ballot. Yeah, we’re offering this new service but only like, to people who are supporting the Democratic party,” Lulu said, adding, “It’s a service and I’m just trying to pick up your ballot and show you how to do it if you don’t know.”
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