California held its primary on June 7, 2016, or at least it tried. The LA Times highlighted the nearly statewide debacles that left many wondering exactly what happened and why. Recently we discussed some of the issues facing California voters whose election officials have horribly mismanaged HAVA funding almost since its inception.
California voters faced a tough time at the polls Tuesday, with many voters saying they have encountered broken machines, polling sites that opened late and incomplete voter rolls, particularly in Los Angeles County.
The result? Instead of a quick in-and-out vote, many California voters were handed the dreaded pink provisional ballot — which takes longer to fill out, longer for election officials to verify and which tends to leave voters wondering whether their votes will be counted.
This year’s presidential primary race has already been one of the most bitter in recent memory. Before Tuesday’s vote, Bernie Sanders supporters accused the media of depressing Democratic turnout by calling the nomination for Hillary Clinton before polls opened in California.
Those feelings haven’t gotten any less raw Tuesday as hundreds of Californians complained of voting problems to the national nonpartisan voter hotline run by the Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law.
The seeds of dysfunction and disarray were on full display during the primary. Issues were plentiful and it leads you wonder if the issues were not intentional, serving as a distraction from the all too real issue of fraudulent zombie voters. The issues spawn confusion and more and more provisional ballots making it far more difficult to sort through the ballots and prove fraud. But that most likely will not stop some of the voters from trying. Especially Sanders’ supporters who feel that the election was rigged to begin with…
Sanders supporter Jonathan Daniel Brown accused Democrats of “purging votes” when he discovered he was not on the voting rolls at his polling station despite being registered.
Brown, an actor, refused to take a provisional ballot, and his complaints drew the attention of Los Angeles County Registrar-County Clerk Dean Logan, who intervened. Eventually, Brown said he was allowed to cast a regular ballot — though not before Brown said a poll worker called the police on him.
Writer Allison Bloom, 41, took her kids with her when she went to vote at the Kahal Joseph Congregation synagogue in Westwood on Tuesday morning.
“I wanted to show them what voting means,” Bloom said. But when she arrived, she said workers couldn’t boot up the vote-counting machine. Bloom left behind her ballot, with a worker promising it would be counted.
Bloom said her kids asked, “Is this what it’s always like?”
“It was just chaos,” Bloom said. “It was kind of an unfortunate first experience at the polls for them.”
Sowing chaos, generating confusion, and general misdirection . . . sound familiar? It should. Nothing to see here. Pay no attention to the woman in the pant suit behind the curtain. If this sounds an awful lot like the result that is likely to occur in Ohio in November, there is likely a reason.
The left has little desire to make elections smoother. That simply does not help their cause. Requiring identification, actual citizen registration, and purging voter rolls all ensure that the process is efficient and fair as possible and yet they continue to actively work against such measures. If this was the result in the primary, I can only begin the fathom the cataclysmic catastrophe that will occur in November.
Quite frankly, California’s inability to manage HAVA funding should have already sent a clear message to the legislature. The state needs to take action to fix the process, and fix it really. The election should be fair, honest, and free of zombies and fraud generally.