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Dem. Sec. of State Caught Allowing Hundreds of Californians To Vote Twice: Report

Ryan LedendeckerBy Ryan Ledendecker

It’s not uncommon for a state-level political candidate to push “voter access” and “election integrity” as cornerstones of his or her campaign.

One liberal California politician not only failed to uphold his promise, he’s grossly ignoring a gaping flaw in the system that allows some residents to vote for their favorite candidates twice.

According to Daniel Borenstein with The Mercury News, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is taking heavy flak for not correcting a serious issue in several counties that has resulted in hundreds of voters being able to cast two votes at the polls.

Since it’s not uncommon in this period of American history for election determinations to come down to a few votes, this is a complete mess that very well could have serious implications for future state and national elections.

But it’s not a problem that Democratic politicians, including Padilla, seem to be eager to fix. It’s not difficult to understand why: A majority of those double-voters are likely to be Democrats, given their geographic location.

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At this stage in the game, we know that Democrats have a history of doing everything they possibly can to secure as many votes as possible, no matter the means.

The way this voting glitch is exploited is scary and simple. All that a resident of the affected county has to do is register to vote by mail in the primary and claim no party preference. He or she then receives a nonpartisan mail-in ballot.

The voter then “changes” his or her mind and decides to vote with a Democratic primary ballot, which is promptly sent out.

So, the trick is that the voter doesn’t surrender the nonpartisan primary ballot received, which can later be taken to the polls on Election Day and exchanged on the spot for a Democratic ballot for a second vote. The poll workers have no way to check if that voter has already voted by mail, as other counties do. They use computers to check whether a voter has participated.

According to The Mercury News, the issue doesn’t affect counties that have converted to Padilla’s Voters Choice Act program, which emphasizes voting by mail.

But in the affected counties, which include Contra Costa and Alameda counties, it’s difficult to determine whether someone has already voted until it’s entirely too late.


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