HEARD ON THE TOM/TOMS

Periodically the California Political News and Views will publish tidbits of political news, to keep you in the loop of what the pooh bahs know.  The phrase “tom/tom’s” comes from my mentor, Lorelei Kinder who never passed a rumor, just called to tell me what she heard on the “tom/tom’s”.  This column is named in her honor.

NEED HELP TO END ABSENTEE BALLOT HARVESTING

By Stephen Frank, California Political News and Views  4/29/19  

We have seen a lot of hand wringing, cries and yelling from Republican leadership in regard to the harvesting of absentee ballot.  Yet, as best as could be told, aside from press statements and words in a speech, the California Republican Party seems to be staying away from the only way we can end absentee ballot harvesting (we could repeal the law—but the Democrats have total control of the legislature.)

How do you end absentee ballot harvesting?  By going to the courts.  On what grounds?  Easy—there is no chain of custody of the ballot.  No proof the person who picked up your absentee ballot actually delivered it to the Registrar of Voters and more.

Last Friday I was on the phone with an attorney from a legal foundation based in Washington, D.C.  Also, on the phone was a California attorney concerned about election law—and deeply involved Statewide in the political world.  Based on the call, I realize more is happening to stop absentee ballot harvesting.  But, as a caution, I was told, there is an Arizona case before the 9th Circuit, filed by the Democrats.  They are suing to END the Arizona ban on absentee ballot harvesting.  Need to watch this one.

In California the attorneys are looking for the following type of Plaintiff and situations, for a proposed lawsuit.  We need the information as quickly as possible. 

  1.  If you gave your ballot to someone who came to the door, was it counted?  Check with your registrar of voters
  2. Were you harassed the last thirty days of the November, 2018 by unknown people coming to your door, day after day, demanding your absentee ballot
  3. Did you receive an absentee ballot when you did not ask for it?
  4. Did you get the name of the person or organization that was sponsoring the door to door pick up of absentee ballots?
  5. Did someone offer to help you finish filling out your ballot?

Please send me your stories to [email protected]   We need to act quickly, so we do not lose any more elections due to absentee ballot harvesting.  

Let us not continue to complain about the darkness—lets’ turn on the lights!

PLEASE SEND THIS ARTICLE TO YOUR FRIENDS AND EMAIL LIST.  PLEASE PUT THIS CALL TO END ABSENTEE BALLOT HARVESTING ON YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND TWITTER ACCOUNT.  WE NEED AS WIDE A CIRCULATION AS POSSIBLE.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. Eleanor Traeg says

    I am extremely disappointed by the California Republican Party. What are they doing to register more Republicans or to win over the Independents? I remember sitting outside of Barnes and Noble with registration forms and also going door to door. That was years ago. Haven’t been asked by the Party to do ANYTHING lately even though I am still registered Republican.

  2. John Steele says

    The CA GOP is in flames. No voter outreach,, not going on the offensive, The gas taxes are creating a perfect issue for them and what do they do, , they put in an Anti-Trumper spanish woman in charge to play identity politcs… They have perfect opportunities to get the DemoRats and they do nothing.. We need leaders in Kaly.. Not gert along and go along republicrats…

  3. Rich Eber says

    Having attended the Republican Convention in Sacramento a few months ago, I wonder what happened to the promise of Jessica Paterson and the new Party leadership to register new voters and combat illegal vote harvesting of absent tee ballots?

  4. Eileen Fernandez says

    Get involved with the Election Integrity Project. This group recently won a lawsuit along with Judicial Watch against LA County to clean up the voter rolls. Here is a link to their website and facebook page respectively :http://www.eip-ca.com./ https://www.facebook.com/electionintegrityproject It’s not happening overnight, but with volunteer help, it’s happening! They will be going after ballot harvesting and other means of fraudulent voting.

  5. Thanks for this effort, Steve. Posted your announcement. I am not a Republican, but California’s one-party system truly bothers me. Do those interested need to depend on the party central committee? Can they just communicate and coordinate on their own to distribute information flyers and facilitate voter registration?

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