14 Sep. 2021 21:52 clock
The increasing use of postal votes is once again causing confusion: At the height of the recall election in California, reports of possible electoral fraud surfaced. Some voters have been told they have already voted, despite insisting that they have not.
In the US state of California, the governor is currently being dismissed. This is a special election in which California voters will decide whether or not to remove the current Democratic governor of the US state Gavin Newsom from office. To remove Newsom from office, voters would have to vote for Republican Larry Elder, who would replace him for the remainder of his term ending January 2023.
The election will take place in the same format that was used in the US election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden in November 2020: In August, district electoral offices sent an official ballot to the mailing address of each registered voter for election on or before election day on September 14, 2021, when polling stations will be open nationwide, can cast their vote by post.
The ability for voters to recall an elected official in California is the result of progressive-era reforms that went into effect in 1911, along with the introduction of the electoral initiative and women’s suffrage. It first happened in 2003 when incumbent Governor Gray Davis was replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The recall petition was filed in February 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in California. The petitioners complain, among other things:
“Laws he endorsed favor foreign nationals who are illegally in our country over our own citizens. The people of this state suffer from the highest taxes in the nation, the highest homelessness and the lowest quality of life as a result. He has the status of a ‘sanctuary state’ (Special regulations for the protection of illegal immigrants) introduced and failed to enforce immigration laws. He has unilaterally disregarded the will of the people regarding the death penalty. He is trying to put additional burdens on our state by protecting Proposition 13 (Limitation of property tax) abolishes, rationing our water consumption, increasing taxes and restricting parental rights. “
In the midst of the recall election, the first indications of electoral fraud emerged. Residents of the San Fernando Valley were confused and upset when they turned up to vote when the state governor was recalled, only to be told by polling station staff that they had already voted.
88-year-old Republican Estelle Bender said she wasn’t the only person who was falsely told they had already voted. Bender spoke to the local news network KTLA in Los Angeles. Below is an excerpt from the interview:
Journalist: “What happened today and how shocked are you?”
Bender: “Very! I went to El Camino High School to vote. I got there at 10:30 am, gave her (the poll worker) these (election papers), and she scanned them and said, ‘You have already voted.’ I said: No, I haven’t. She said, ‘It’s been like this all morning.’ The man next to me argued the same way. Then when I left, I cast the preliminary ballot. I was really mad. As I went out, I saw two women walking towards me. I said to them, do not be surprised if you are told that you have already voted and she replied, ‘We have already been told that’. If I voted, how did I choose? “
Journalist: “And who did you vote for?”
Bender: “I asked a few of the young women I spoke to if you happen to be Republican. They said yes, and I replied, so did I, and so did the two friends who had the problem at the VFW (US Military Veteran’s Club, which is a frequent voting club). “
Journalist: “Does that make you wonder?”
Bender: “I guess so. And I would like to know how I voted. “
In response to the reports, the Los Angeles County Electoral Board stated:
“Voters who encountered this problem were offered and given a tentative ballot – the fail-safe option to ensure no one is banned from voting processed and counted. ”
There have also been other reports from across the state of California of voters showing up to vote and being told that they had “already voted”. Logan Ratick, a reporter for the US news magazine NewsMax, reported another case from Woodland Hills, California.
Woodland Hills resident Emon Afshar asked a journalist via Twitter to intervene and share his story. Afshar stated that he had exactly the same problem as Bender:
“My wife and I just went to the polling station at 6543 Corbin Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91467. Our names indicated that someone had already voted for us. They also said that about 70 percent of the voters who voted , have experienced the same. Election supervisor Vincent McCormmack said that he has already reported the problem and that other locations are having the same problem. This is more than egregious and we need the help of the media to cover this situation.
Afshar tells me what happened at his Woodland Hills polling location on Saturday. “The system showed that we had already voted and we were shocked. We were like, well we hadn’t voted…they apologized. They said this was happening to about 70% of those who showed up that day.” pic.twitter.com/ogRYGSGRYt
– Logan Ratick (@Logan_Ratick) September 13, 2021
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