Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Voters, watchdog groups raise voices about problems in California

Many voters and a watchdog group have expressed concern about the integrity of the elections as Californians began casting or mailing their ballots earlier this month, which was followed by a September 14 gubernatorial recall election.

Woodland Hills residents Eamon Afshar and his wife Tina were told by polling activists that they had already voted when they came to the American Veterans Hall with Disabilities on September 11 to vote.

But he had not.

“Then the couple behind us comes to the table, says their name, and the same thing. The system showed that they had voted. So now, there are four of us. And one of the staff there, or the volunteer, tells us it’s happening all day and in multiple places,” Afshar told The Epoch Times.

“So, the four of us go to talk to the supervisor,” he said. “We asked him, what is our support?”

The observer, Vincent McCormack, told the couples that they could vote by provisional ballot.

“[He said] That more than 70 percent of people who came that day experienced the same thing, that the system showed that someone had voted for them,” Afshar said.

Officers recorded the conversation on video and sent it to the news media. Since then several nationally known political commentators have shared the video on social media.

Since the story broke, Afshar said he has been approached by others who had faced the same problem at the same polling place.

Afshar and his wife went to Los Angeles Pierce College, another polling place in Woodland Hills, to vote later that day. There, the system recognized their names as registered voters and they were able to vote final on a machine rather than on a provisional ballot, Afshar said.

He said the supervisor at the previous location, McCormack, appeared “upset” and “anxious”.

“I feel bad. He was a nice guy,” Afshar said.

But, he said, McCormack should advise voters to try to vote at a different location instead of giving everyone a provisional ballot.

Los Angeles Registrar Responds

Afshar said he received a call on Sept. 13 from Dean Logan, the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters.

“He apologized. He explained to me that this was only happening with a couple of machines. [at] some places and it was already resolved,” Afshar said.

Responding to an inquiry, Mike Sanchez, spokesman for the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder/county clerk, told The Epoch Times via email, “The issue (on Saturday, September 11) was quickly resolved and voting was ongoing. Any affected voter received a provisional ballot to ensure that no voter had turned away and had an opportunity to vote.The provisional ballots cast at that location were verified and included in the election night tally. The registrar Dean Logan spoke directly to the voter on the issue and explained the situation and the solution.”

Sanchez said, “70% of the context is incorrect and has never been confirmed—location specific or broadly.”

A statement from the registrar was also issued on 11 September:

The registrar also identified issues with settings on some of the electronic poll book devices used at these locations to check-in voters prior to issuing ballots. Voters who experienced this issue were offered and provided a provisional ballot – a failed option to ensure that no one turned away from voting. Provisional ballots are regular ballots and once a voter’s eligibility is verified, they are processed and counted.

After troubleshooting, equipment was replaced at places and polling continued.

However, on Tuesday, Afshar saw news about more voters at the same place facing the same problem, he said.

Afshar said he wanted to see an independent probe into the matter.

“I want a third party investigator to find out what happened, not someone whose job is at risk and tell us everything is fine.”

In another incident, a video recorded on September 14 at the Robbie Waters Public Library in Sacramento obtained by The Epoch Times shows voter Phyllis Englam complaining about the same problem.

“Someone has already voted for me,” he said. “I don’t know what is happening, but that’s why I don’t trust the voting system anymore. It’s just a waste of time,” he said in the video.

Elder Campaign Request Affidavit

On Monday, several mainstream media outlets accused Larry Elder, the top Republican contender in the recall election, of falsely making allegations of electoral fraud.

The controversy stemmed from Elder’s campaign website, which included a link to another site called StopCAFraud.com.

Elder’s campaign told The Epoch Times via email that the StopCAFraud website is an “outside company” that is “collecting affidavits of voting fraud or irregularities.”

Campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Marshall told The Epoch Times in an email on September 14, “The goal is to prepare the affidavit if we need to take legal action.”

“We should all be concerned about electoral integrity and we all want that every fair vote counts. We have provided a link to an external website that is providing an opportunity for voters to document irregularities occurring in this election,” Ying Ma, Elder’s director of communications, said in a statement issued earlier that day.

The StopCAFraud site states that it was “paid for by the Larry Elder Ballot Measurement Committee recall Newsom Committee”, and lists its funding sources as Elder for Governor 2021, Geoff Palmer and Saul Fox.

It calls on Californians to “report electoral fraud in CA” and states: “Electoral integrity should be a universally accepted American ideal. Unfortunately, there are instances where such integrity is questioned.” “

It then asks any person “experiencing any irregularity, interference or intimidation while voting” to fill out a form to report these incidents.

integrity of election

Potential problems with the integrity of elections in the almost solidly blue state of California have been investigated and discussed for many years.

Ruth Weiss of the Election Integrity Project, Calif. (EIPCA) told The Epoch Times that the problem is much deeper than simple isolated glitches in the system, and complaints should not be handled carelessly but taken seriously.

“There are real issues where people have votes in his name. There are other issues where people weren’t in the system,” Weiss said.

He said that in many cases mistakes are made because election workers are not adequately trained.

Instead of accepting provisional ballots, Weiss advised voters to demand that polling supervisors call the voter registrar hotline to report the problem and resolve the issue.

Reported problems

The EIPCA said some mail-by-mail ballots in the recall election were flawed because a vendor had apparently cut off the part of the code that was supposed to be printed on them. The EIPCa received several reports, but said it was too early to tell how many faulty ballots were sent.

“I can’t give you the numbers. I know it’s serious, and it’s not just one county,” Weiss said.

“The machines are rejecting these ballots because when the seller takes these ballots apart, they cut off part of the code and so now the machine can’t read it,” she said.

The legal rights of civilian polling observers to oversee the activities of the electoral process were also “limited or suspended, so they could not engage in meaningful observation” in some counties, she said.

“Our observer rights have been trampled upon at many places across the state. They are not letting us in; They’re not letting us inspect,” Weiss claimed. “The same thing that happened in 2020 is happening again. They’re ignoring California state law that gives us the right to inspect.”

Weiss claimed that many issues of electoral integrity stemmed from pressure from California lawmakers to create a “permanent” vote-by-mail system.

“When your voter list is not maintained, sending vote-by-mail ballots to everyone on the electoral rolls leads to many problems,” he said.

In the 2020 election, Weiss said vote-by-mail ballots were sent to more than 440,000 ineligible voters, and he expects that number to be even higher in the recall election.

“Voters with a long history of voting in every election were suddenly not on the list,” she said. “People who never registered to vote are receiving ballots, and people in other states were getting ballots and information to recall them back to California, and they don’t live in California,” she said. “We have a lot again in this election.”

He said other voters reported receiving multiple ballots.

In December 2018, the state of California and Los Angeles County agreed to remove a maximum of 1.5 million inactive voters from the voter list to settle a federal lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch and the EIPCa.

In January of this year, the Election Integrity Project and 10 California congressional candidates filed another lawsuit against California state officials and various registrants of voters for what they claim was unconstitutional practices and laws used in the November 2020 election. Were.

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The EIPCa said it received criticism from both Democratic and Republican political parties for suggesting that people vote in person or take their vote-by-mail ballots personally to polling places to be recalled.

“In this particular election, people on both sides felt that our message was getting in the way of their vote-out-to-vote message,” he said, by mailing their ballots early or taking them to ballot drop box locations. For, she said.

However, the EIPCA has long opposed ballot harvesting and bulk vote-by-mail-ballot elections.

“We have always advocated going back to a system where everyone votes individually until they can and then they ask for an absentee ballot, not a vote by mail ballot, as many other states do. are,” Weiss said.

Ballot harvesting, she said, “is a felony in some states,” while it is now legal in California.

To restore electoral integrity, the EIPCA supports a return to the previous system of absentee ballots. Under that system, voters must apply for an absentee ballot, which must be delivered to the polling place by a close friend, relative, or someone living in the same household as the absentee voter to ensure a proper chain of custody. Can you

Under current law, paid ballot harvesters can collect ballots from door to door.

EIPCa has asked Californians who have had problems voting in the recall election or any former Californians who have received recall-election communications or ballots to report these incidents. Weiss said the EIPCa will soon release more details about the alleged problems in the recall election.

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Brad Jones is an award-winning journalist based in Southern California.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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