To our readers:

Since 1996, your generosity and commitment have made it possible to offer The Patriot Post without a subscription fee to military personnel, students, and those with limited means. Please support the 2020 Year-End Campaign today.

Nate Jackson / Oct. 20, 2020

Dem Hypocrisy on Ballot Harvesting in California

Republicans follow Democrat law, Democrats threaten legal action.

What happens when Republicans play by Democrat rules? Democrats cry that it’s not fair. Naturally.

Such is the case in California, where Democrats are threatening legal action against Republicans who have begun to collect ballots according to the election laws Democrats wrote. The Wall Street Journal editorial board, which opposes ballot harvesting just as we do, gives the background: “In 2016 California Democrats passed a law allowing anybody, including paid campaign operatives and political parties, to collect and return mail-in ballots. Two years later Democrats prohibited ‘disqualifying a ballot solely because the person returning it did not provide on the identification envelope his or her name, relationship to the voter, or signature.’”

Democrats claimed to have flipped seven House seats in 2018, including four in Orange County, by employing the practice of ballot harvesting. If you can’t beat ‘em, join 'em, said Republicans, who have set up locked and supervised ballot collection boxes at GOP offices, churches, and gun shops. That’s a problem for Democrats, because they insist only one can play at this game.

Clearly, this won’t affect the presidential race in California, but it might have an effect down ballot, and that’s what has leaders of this one-party state worried.

When the state attorney general threatened Republicans with legal action, GOP leaders responded, “We believe that temporarily holding [vote by mail] ballots in a locked box at a church or local Party headquarters is more secure than a Party volunteer or paid operative holding harvested ballots collected from voters at a senior center in the back seat of his or her car — though both are legal.” Fact check: Accurate.

As the Journal pithily summed it up, “When Democrats harvest ballots, they are increasing voter access. When Republicans do it, it’s cheating.”

Democrats always blame Republicans for doing what they themselves are doing. “Donald Trump colluded with the Russians,” they insisted for three long years. No, that was Hillary Clinton.

Meanwhile, ballot integrity is under assault in this election like never before. But from carpet-bombing unsolicited mail-in ballots to ballot harvesting in Democrat-heavy precincts to court rulings preserving extended vote-counting deadlines, it is Democrats, not Republicans, who are undermining our electoral system.

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

★ PUBLIUS ★

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2020 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.