Did the Democrats just play their hand one cycle too soon?
“Ballot harvesting” is when a third party collects completed ballots from voters and then hands them over to election officials. The practice was legal for the first time in California this year thanks to a new law signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2016.
These just means whichever group is most willing to lie and cheat will win. This needs to be ended ASAP.
California Democrats “stole” the midterm election using a new method that is illegal elsewhere but completely legal in the Golden State: a practice called “ballot harvesting,” which allows third parties to submit mail-in ballots for voters.
It sounds “bizarre,” as outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) described it to the Washington Post on Thursday — but it is absolutely true: Democratic operatives handed in pile after pile of other people’s ballots.
And Demorats are proud of it, mocking Republicans for failing to take advantage of a new law signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2016, over GOP objections, that allows “ballot harvesting,” and which some Republicans are now blaming for their defeat.
The practice explains several mysteries about the 2018 election, such as: why mail-in ballots caused massive shifts toward Democrats in races Republicans thought they won on Election Night; why Republicans won the turnout battle in the primary, but lost it in the general election; and why Democrats with party backing defeated fellow Democrats without it — even when the latter had more money.
“Ballot harvesting” by Democratic Party operatives — a surprise tactic they likely saved for the general election — appears to have made the difference. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday that Democrats ran a disciplined, door-to-door campaign offering to deliver voters’ ballots to the polls. More
In most places, no third party is allowed to see or handle ballots. Only the voter and the person/machine counting the votes should have access to them.
That is obviously necessary to ensure the integrity of the election. Otherwise, there is no way to determine whether the voter is actually the one filling out the ballot or whether anyone else is influencing his vote.