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'Ballot Harvesting' Latest Election Tactic Deployed by Democrats To Win

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It’s called “ballot harvesting” — and, according to an expert with a conservative-leaning watchdog group, it’s the latest tactic being used by Democrats to win elections.

In an interview with Breitbart, Eric Eggers, research director of the Government Accountability Institute, discussed the process that allows “political operatives to collect voters’ ballots and deliver them to polling stations” — and why it favors the left.

“A lot of things that we perceive to be voter fraud … are actually legal,” Eggers told Breitbart News Tonight on Thursday.

“So California changed the law so that ballot harvesting allows for a third party … participants to collect ballots or harvest them from voters and then be able to drop them off at polling places. They just changed the law in 2016.”

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“As soon as these people get on the rolls, you now have political campaigns, regardless of whether people should be voting or not, the political campaigns now have free license to go find you, and essentially even if they don’t find you, just turn in a ballot in your name,” he said.

“That’s what ballot harvesting is.”

Ballot-harvesting is controversial particularly because of the fact that so many contested House races in California broke late for Democrats, often based on harvested ballots.

“It defies logic to me,” outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan told The Washington Post regarding the practice.

Do you think California elections are honest?

“We had a lot of wins that night, and three weeks later we lost basically every contested California race. This election system they have, I can’t begin to understand what ballot harvesting is.”

While he stopped short of alleging fraud, he called the system “bizarre” and “weird.”

However, Eggers was willing to go a bit further.

“What’s fraudulent or suspect about it? Well, a number of things,” he said.

“Number one, we know we have a million illegal immigrants in California who have driver’s licenses. So right away, the threshold there is between who can vote and who is registered to vote I think is quite different. So we know we have illegal voters registered to vote. In fact, ahead of the election, they admitted they had over 1,500 people because of the new automatic voter registration.”

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Automatic voter registration involves being able to register to vote when you renew your driver’s license, a new development in California politics.

“They’ve completely changed the landscape in California and I think that’s one of the reasons why you’re seeing the results be what they are,” Eggers said.

“The impact has not been good for Republicans,” he added.

Is it fraudulent? Is it letting individuals who shouldn’t be able to vote cast a ballot?

That remains to be seen, of course, and we don’t have evidence to that end just yet.

However, you can count on it being one thing that people are going to be taking a much closer look at after this year’s election.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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