On Nov. 6, the Democrats returned 44% of the absentee ballots.  The Republicans, 31%  These statistics come from PDI.   That 13 point difference equaled 580,000 votes.  But that is not the issue.  In 2016 AB 1921 was signed by Governor Brown—members of the Assembly and State Senate voted for it—or against it.  The governor signed it.  Yet, the Democrats got a massive number of absentee ballots presented on election day because they had a plan to go door to door to “harvest” the ballots.  As best as I can tell, no GOP candidate had such a plan or project.

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“AB 1921 would allow anybody to walk into an elections office and hand over truckloads of vote by mail envelopes with ballots inside, no questions asked, no verified records kept. It amounts to an open invitation to large-scale vote buying, voter coercion, “granny farming”, and automated forgery. AB 1921 solves no problem that a simple stamp can’t solve.”

This along with same day voter registration are opportunities we missed on November 6—and we are paying a heavy price for this—as will the people of California.  The winners?  Democrats and Texans.  Pass this information on to your activist friends.  They need to know how we can improve in 2020.

Why not have the Sunday before the election as “Absentee ballot turn in” at the churches?  A big push in 2020 will help make sure we do not repeat November 6.


Unlimited Ballot Harvesting

Counted As Cast,   8/11/16

The Post Mortem:

Ab 1921 was signed by the governor in the fall of 2016. We shall return to this issue at a later date to try to require better record keeping of vote by mail ballots brought into an elections office.

The Problem:

AB 1921 would allow anybody to walk into an elections office and hand over truckloads of vote by mail envelopes with ballots inside, no questions asked, no verified records kept. It amounts to an open invitation to large-scale vote buying, voter coercion, “granny farming”, and automated forgery. AB 1921 solves no problem that a simple stamp can’t solve.

The Voting Rights Task Force is leading a statewide campaign to stop this bill, We are asking you to contact the governor, and urge him to veto AB 1921 because we don’t need armies of paid, unidentified ballot collectors when postage stamps will do.


Current California elections code states that a vote by mail voter who is “unable” to return their ballot may have a family or household member return it to the elections office [section 3017(a)(3)]. The ballot may not be returned by workers of a political committee or other organizations [section 3017(e)].

AB 1921 changes section 3017 to allow “any person” to bring in truckloads of VbM ballots – no questions asked – no records kept.

This is an open invitation to …

  • large scale vote buying:
    Proponents of the bill say that there are laws against vote buying/selling. But it is a victimless crime. Nobody is going to report it, because both sides profit from it. Vote buying has happened often in past American history. Given the several billion dollars spent on American elections, and 130 million voters, we can price a generic blank ballot at more than $100. For close and important races, much more than that.
  • voter coercion:
    This is a variation of vote buying. Somebody’s boss, or union chief, or other “superior” says they want to see your ballot. If not, you’re out. You may have the strength to say no, but many people don’t. Megachurches, unions, and political organizations have been holding ballot “parties” for years. Here is one just example: from San Francisco, 2004. This exerts inappropriate job pressure and/or social pressure. This kind of “ballot harvesting” gets easier when the organization can deliver the ballots for you, perhaps chucking the ones they don’t like, just as some people throw away voter registrations they’ve collected but don’t like.
  • granny farming:
    Here, operatives target senior homes, and “assist” elderly people to fill out their ballots “correctly”. A variation of this is “helping” chinese speakers to fill out their ballots, as happened in San Francisco, 2011. This is preying on the weaknesses of voters for harvest more votes for one side.
  • automated forgery:
    Many organizations have digital copies of millions of signatures. They also have the names and addresses. It’s not hard to create copies of VbM envelopes and ballots. Indeed, there are numerous companies that county election office hire to send out VbM ballots to the voters; and they have exact digital copies of the signatures. All you need is to vote in place of people who don’t vote. That’s not hard to find out, because whether or not you voted is a public record. Just comb through the records to find the people who are registered, but don’t vote. Get out the vote (GOTV) campaigns go one step further. They find out, legally, who has not voted by, say 5 PM, on election day, so that the campaign can call them and encourage them to vote. Take it the next step: if the person says they are not going to vote, you’ve got their signature, and everything else you need. Just vote in place of the non-voters. Truckloads of them.

Some, not understanding computer internals, and/or unwilling to look at the actual history and current extent of election manipulation in the US, call automated forgery “far-fetched”. But this is just as “far-fetched” as Russia hacking elections; and as “far-fetched” as the hacking of voter registration databases, now confirmed by officials in Arizona, Illinois, and Riverside county. Computer-savvy democracy advocates saw both of these threats coming 10 years ago. Few listened, but both are here, now. Automated forgery is next.

Remember, there are no questions asked about why the voter is “unable” to vote. Section 3017 does not require officials to keep records of who brought in how many, much less which ballots. At best, we have the purported name of the delivery person on the envelope. But there is no positive identification, no address, no signature. Investigators cannot track down possible criminal activity if they can’t identify who brought in the ballots.

The text of AB 1921 is here: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1921

Act now

The Report of Commission on Federal Election Reform (Carter/Baker, 9/2005) concluded that “Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.” Little has changed since then, except that the number of Californians using vote by mail is growing past 50%.

We must stop this invitation to unlimited “ballot harvesting”. The victim is our democracy.

This is how to contact the governor:

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.


  1. Totallyfedup says

    The democrats can’t be trusted.
    Using their majority throughout the state, they have passed laws to legalize their cheating. They ignore obvious cases of cheating. They fight all efforts to clean up the voter registration database.
    The democrats are destroying the once great state of California.
    Keep voting for democrats you stupid Californians and things will only get worse.

    • Californians are not voting for this garbage. When elections can be manipulated as they can in CA, citizens have no voice in legislation. Every state in the Union must pay attention because these tactics are being implemented in your state even now. The problem is that citizens in most of the other states cannot observer their own electoral process without getting permission from the political parties. Go figure!
      Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to get the law changed so that citizens in your state can work to prevent the manipulation of your elections.

    • James STEELE says

      I had dinner last week with another ex-Kaly conservative who fled 10 years ago.. he also said like I said.. that Klayforzuela WAS a paradise all through the early 19th century , right up to the 70’s.. After that.. It started to sink and now.. it IS a cesspool now and they have destroyed paradise.. Just like ANY city of state they control It’s run straight into the ground with fraud , graft. crime and corruption.. Welcome to the new west Coast version of Venezuela.

  2. Just think how we are going to “solve” the homeless crisis: by building large blocks of “housing units” for the homeless. So that vote harvesters don’t have to walk or drive to far to commit voter fraud. L.A. is converting its old general hospital into hundreds of “housing units” (future tenement housing) so that voter fraud can be completed without much effort. I can hardly wait.

  3. Election Integrity Project (not JW) and Election Integrity Project California have been warning citizens and the CAGOP about this for years. What is truly heart breaking is that citizens stepped up by the thousands since 2012 (over 9,000 citizens trained to learn CA law and document if it was followed) to attempt to restore and protect the integrity of CA’s electoral process BUT the CAGOP ignored the warnings.
    Just think what ‘could have been’ if the CAGOP had taken action when they had the chance.

  4. In Orange County every Republican was significantly ahead in the first vote counting. Then Democrat poll workers “discovered” boxes of provisional and mail-in votes in the trunks of their cars, closets in poll sites and schools!

    When “B1 Bob” Dornan lost to Loretta Sanchez in th 70’s 70 illegal aliens were arrested after having voted Democrat, but none were prosecuted, telling California Democrats were bulletproof with respect to the law.

    Google “Two Minute Conservative” for more.

  5. James STEELE says

    I saw a similar scam being run in the Marin General Hospital Psych A & B wards.. A big sign says the crazies have a right to vote and the nurses or attendants will be happy to help you.. They tell them that this candidate will cut their welfare or limit their healthcare and the nutjobs, who aren’t in their right minds anyway, have them fill it out or they coach them.. This FRAUD.. If not,, then we need do the same..

  6. Both the intent of balloting and quality of ballots is severely undermined. If you cannot vote on election day because of travel or illness that is one thing. To sand bag the system that was intentionally setup to stop junk says more about the lack of integrity by Democrats who are now radical Socialist’s intent on winning at any cost, including the nation.

  7. If a stamp were put on an absentee ballot it would put the absentee ballot under the purview of the Federal Government. If the absentee ballots are dumped into the boxes present in all the precincts by some party mule then the votes harvested from the DMV rolls and the cemetery vote will all go in the box from that precinct to be counted along with all the rest of the absentee ballots.If one political party controls the DMV, the office of Voter Registrar and the Coroner’s office you can control any election in the state along with all the propositions on the ballot. Give me control of those aforementioned offices in the largest city in the state and I will get Jack Sprat elected governor.And Prop 6 will sure as Hell pass.

  8. I believe today’s announcement by Kelli Ward that she plans to run for the Chair of the AZ GOP is a great start for bringing sanity back to this state’s Republican party leadership. Either Lines or someone from Ducey’s staff pulled the bill from the last Legislative session (after it passed the first committee) that would have limited proxies for state party meetings. The establishment GOP group has locked out any and all representation from the Constitutionalist/Conservative side of the party. We were outvoted at every turn in the last state party meeting by committeemen with bearing handfuls of proxies, esp from Maricopa County, ironically where the meeting was held. Funny how more remote county committeemen manage to show up. Dr. Ward can undo this if she gets past that Establishment roadblock of what I think are abusers of the voting process using harvested proxies. This may be symptomatic of shenanigans in other states, too.

  9. If you can’t be bothered to vote in person at your designated polling place, on Election Day, perhaps you should just stay home.

  10. My area was designated a vote my mail area and I got my ballot info in the mail but I never got my ballot. When it was getting close to not having enough time to get one I went online and ordered one. Funny thing I never got that one either.

  11. From election results all over the nation, this should be looked at as a Federal issue. A new department to be sure that every state is okayed as cleared to vote for national elections should be started immediately. This is a national issue and a national nightmare if not addressed right away. If any state is not cleared, they will not be allowed to participate in the national election vote.

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  12. In all of these races where the Republicans had significant leads after election day, they all ended up losing? No way in hell that happened without fraud

  13. william highland says

    I received my absentee ballot, and found it so complicated that I just decided to go to the Poll and vote,. they really need this ballot to be like the size of a postcard, because older folks that cant get out to vote, find it too difficult to vote this way….

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  16. Benjamin Franklin when asked by a passer by, Mr. Franklin what kind of a government do we have? He answered ” A republic, if you can keep it.” Can we?

  17. Stephen Hoff says

    I’m a bit late to the party as I just read your article today but ballot harvesting needs to stop, and AB1921 needs to be repealed!! Contacting our current Governor as you suggest would be a tremendous waste of time as he and his cronies are the primary recipients of such practice! What can we do to help make the changes necessary to save our voting accuracy by 2020?

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