How the Democrats Used Ballot Harvesting to Beat the GOP

By Scott Morefield, 12-1-18, at The Daily Caller:

As the polls closed on election day last month, six California Republican House candidates, including Representatives Dana Rohrabacher, Steve Knight, and Mimi Walters, were ahead in their respective races. However, as the absentee and provisional ballots rolled in over the intervening weeks, all six lost to their Democratic opponents.

The case of Korean-American GOP candidate Young Kim was one of the most prominent examples. On election night, Kim held an 8,000 vote lead over her Democratic opponent Gil Cisneros, and even attended freshman orientation in Washington, D.C. before watching her lead, and her victory, slowly evaporate over the subsequent weeks.

The results drew the attention of House Speaker Paul Ryan.

“California just defies logic to me,” said Ryan at a Washington Post live event. “We were only down 26 seats the night of the election, and three weeks later, we lost basically every California contested race. This election system they have — I can’t begin to understand what ‘ballot harvesting’ is.”

The stunning turnaround in California, of all states, can be attributed to several factors, as conservative critics like The Federalist’s Bre Payton wrote, but the most significant of those seemed to be the practice of “ballot harvesting.”

Passed as a barely noticed change in the state’s vote by mail procedures in 2016 and signed by then-Governor Jerry Brown, California’s AB 1921 allows voters to give any third party — not just a relative or someone living in the same household, as was previously the law — to collect and turn in anyone else’s completed ballot.

Called “ballot harvesting,” critics say the practice is ripe for fraud. Consider “Lulu,” who was recorded trying to “harvest” what she thought was a Democratic voter’s ballot in Rep. Knight’s district.

It’s a “new service,” said Lulu, for “like, people who are supporting the Democratic party.”

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that 250,000 such ballots were used in Orange County alone, resulting in a Democratic sweep there.

From the Chronicle report:

“We beat Republicans on the ground, fair and square,” said Katie Merrill, a Democratic consultant deeply involved in November campaigns. “Many of the field plans included (ballot harvesting) as an option to deliver voters or their ballots” to the polls.

Those efforts involved identifying voters who might support Democratic candidates and ignoring those who wouldn’t.

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.

That’s a perfect example of the “thorough and disciplined” ground game the Democrats used, said Merrill.

“We were not wasting time talking to people who weren’t going to vote for Democrats,” she said.

The San Francisco Chronicle quoted Republicans who admitted that Democrats clearly beat them at the new game and that, to compete, they will have to conduct their own “ballot harvesting” efforts.

Before its passage, a group opposed to the bill wrote: “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.”


From American Thinker:

In 2016, California passed AB1921, a law that actually permits it. Anyone can turn in ballots now, no questions asked, no chain of custody required. Back at the time, Democrats were hollering about low turnout and how getting more turnout was a priority, even though they were running a one-party state at that time, as they are now. They painted themselves as all concerned about ‘democracy’ given the low rates of turnout in their districts, many of which were known as ‘rotton boroughs‘ full of non-citizen voters. But what they really had in mind was ‘ballot harvesting.’

Most of the attention at the time from Republicans was focused on the involuntary registration of voters through the Department of Motor Vehicles, which has led to what was feared: the registration of illegal immigrants. But the bigger thing was going on on the outside, with the mail-in ballots nobody asked for and the apparent real purpose for these unasked for and unwanted ballot, which was ballot-harvesting.

Ballots can be harvested and mailed even on election day, when the counts are happening and Democrats can see which candidates are performing weakly.

This law was passed in 2016, so the GOP had to know what the Dems would do. They should have been blasting the headlines with this. Why weren’t the Republicans prepared for this and why didn’t they have measures in place to squash it or match their efforts then? That’s rhetorical because we all know that the Rs have never been one step ahead of the Dems at any point.

It gets really frustrating to continue supporting a team that can only play defense. We have no offense and meanwhile Jerry Brown and his congress are writing laws that affect federal offices and no one successfully puts a stop to it.


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  1. The good thing about Republicans (usually), is that they don’t think like criminals. But it’s also a bad thing that Republicans don’t think like criminals because it makes it nearly impossible for them to anticipate and keep up with the evil shenanigans the Left are up to. In one of my last posts (“Karl Rove: Obama’s redistricting idea would benefit Democrats – not democracy”), Karl Rove warned us about the Left’s latest election-stealing scheme in which voter districts would be determined by “commissions” instead of by elected representatives. Of course the diabolical leftists that are pushing this scheme (people like Barack Obama and Eric Holder) don’t bother to explain WHO will be selecting the “non-partisans” that will sit on these powerful commissions. Six states have gone this way already. This is HUGE, and in a transparent world where Republicans truly understood the criminal element that’s plotting against them everyone would be talking about this and would be in fighting mode, but instead most people looked at that headline and just yawned. Maybe when it gets to their state they will finally wake up and pay attention, when it will be too late. That’s what the Left is counting on and we can’t say people didn’t try to warn us. And here’s the worst rub of all to contemplate: How many Republicans voted for this innocent-sounding “non-partisan commission” law that sealed their doom? How many UNINFORMED California Republicans voted for AB 1921 because there were manipulated by flowery election language about expanding voting rights? They too doomed themselves.

    California may be a lost cause now. The evil, scheming Democrats there are busy changing the rules of the game so that everything favors them, but as you point out, their schemes affect us ALL. If the cold civil war being waged by the Left ever turns into a hot civil war, this election theft in California may be where it all began.

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    • True, CW, the Rs don’t think like criminals – in fact, they don’t even think to anticipate their next move, which is the backbone of nearly every sport that’s played. As long as we keep electing ‘leaders’ who can’t do that, we’ll never win, especially when combined with the opponents’ massive cheating.

      I know we don’t want another civil war, but sometimes I wonder if maybe that isn’t just what it will take.

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      • I think it will come eventually, whether we want it or not. It will be terrible for all but it’s the inevitability of liberalism. They never quit until they destroy.

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  2. I’m sure you guys are eaten up by your envy of me, because I live in Knight’s district, CA 25, where good ol’ “Lulu” was making her magic.

    Some facts left out of the article. Commiefornia has a “jungle primary” system, and in this year’s primary Knight got about 52% of the vote, beating all the Dem/socialists combined.

    By the morning after the general election, after all the regular votes cast on election day were counted, Knight was ahead of Hill 51% – 49%.

    Several days later, after all the “provisional” and “conditional” votes were counted, which included people who were able to register and vote on election day itself, Hill had magically taken the lead, and is now our “representative” in the House.

    And THAT, my friends, is how it works in Commiefornia.

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    • You see all of us turning green, right?

      Seriously though, it’s sad to see such a beautiful state being turned into such a democrat dump. The Dems have to lie, cheat and steal to get into office, and once there they don’t know to run anything, only how to ruin it.

      What few short-sighted Rs you have there were focused on the DMV voter issue and never saw this coming. They so perfectly fit the PSP moniker you gave them.

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  3. I read about this the beginning of this week. It’s unscupulous and Paul Ryan should have said so. The dweep.
    There’s no way to manage this kind of vote and the feds should out law this law.



  4. Why isn’t DNC Chair Ronna ROMNEY McDaniel, who is a Northville, Michigan resident, exploring election rigging in her own backyard? This audio is mainly about the Mueller Witch Hunt, but it also mentions voting machine tampering:

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    • Thanks for adding that – I will try to make time to listen to it later, but my thinking is there’s less tampering with the machines than there is with paper ballots. I could be wrong, but will give it a listen and go from there.

      Like the other Democrats, McDaniel is likely just looking for more ways to cheat without getting caught – none of them look for ways to clean it up.

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      • Kathy, I think there is tampering with both types of ballots. I also think that many times, people are being given biased opinions instead of facts by the media, and IMHO that is also a type of tampering. AND, while I’m on this topic, what about some areas not requiring voter ID, so the dead and/or illegals vote. I’ve seen cartoons about some individuals voting multiple times. Last, but not least, I’ve also heard about some people being paid to vote for certain candidates.
        I don’t have a plan for a way to fix this mess, but in light of everything I see that isn’t right, I do understand why many feel that their vote no longer counts.

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      • All true, foguth, and with machines and tighter restrictions on absentee ballots, a lot of the fraud would be eliminated. We’ll never see if that would work though, because the Dems don’t want it fixed, especially in CA.


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