Among the most important arguments to come out of the election integrity fight of 2020 was that every illegitimate vote cast invalidates a valid vote cast by a valid voter. When Democrats crow about their often questionable tactics in “expanding voter rights” (See: illegal ballot harvesting and GOTV efforts), stating they are attempting to engage voters that would have otherwise not voted, some voter, who has been engaged and informed, has their vote canceled out by harvested vote.
News this morning comes from Los Angeles, where the Election Integrity Project, an organization focused on protecting our elections from illegal and nefarious actions from the left, has filed a Federal Lawsuit against the State of California and elections officials for allowing policies that discounted the value of the votes cast by informed, legitimate voters.
“On Monday, January 4, 2021, Primary Law Group, P.C., and co-counsel, Tyler & Bursch, LLP, filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief in the U. S. District Court, Central District of California on behalf of Election Integrity Project®California and ten California Congressional candidates, James P. Bradley, Aja Smith, Eric Early, Alison Hayden, Jeffrey Gorman, Mark Reed, Buzz Patterson, Mike Cargile, Kevin Cookingham, and Greg Raths.
To be fair, of some of the candidates that ran, no amount of fraudulent votes being thrown out would have made their races any more winnable. Some of the candidates ran against current Congresspersons like Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman, and Katie Porter.
Defendants named in the lawsuit for having violated the Elections Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, the Due Process Clause and the Guarantee Clause of the U.S. Constitution are: Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State, Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General, Gavin Newsom, Governor of The State Of California, and 13 county Registrar of Voters.
The Constitution of the United States guarantees the right of every eligible citizen to cast an equal vote to determine who will represent him or her in government through the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment and, in the case of Federal congressional elections, through the Elections Clause (Art. I, § 4, cl. 1).
As an equal protection complaint, it gave them access to the Federal Court system to be able to sue California. The next part is where the real meat is though.
Practices that promote the casting of illegal or unreliable ballots fail to contain basic minimum guarantees against such conduct are a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment by leading to the diminution in value of validly cast ballots.
Election Integrity Project®California, Inc. (EPICa), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, has been investigating elections in California for 10 years, documenting and reporting election abuses to governmental officials. Rather than correct the fundamental flaws in the election process, California state officials have created more opportunities for fraud and manipulation.
The expansion of vote-by-mail ballots and the changes in the law to send vote-by-mail ballots to all registered voters created a process where known ineligible voters (including deceased persons, non-citizens, and non-residents) were sent live ballots. As passed elections have shown, deceased persons, non-citizens, and non-residents are often recorded as having voted in elections. That same election fraud occurred in the November 2020 election impacting the Plaintiffs and all of the citizens in each of the Congressional Districts at issue, including Election Integrity Project®California’s volunteer election observers.
Over the past three decades in California, the rights of California citizens to choose their representatives by means of a fair, honest and transparent electoral process have been intentionally eroded by an onslaught of unconstitutional statutes, regulations and executive orders that, taken together, are designed to create an environment in which elections could be manipulated and eligible voters disenfranchised.
I don’t know why this is so hard for liberals to understand. If a voter takes the time to educate themselves, and consistently vote for years, how is that fair and equitable to those who just get their ballot harvested by some paid union employee? While creating litmus tests for voting shouldn’t be the road we go down, it should be important that voters are counted as opposed to ballots. Ballots don’t vote. If a ballot is picked up, in some cases filled out, and returned by a voter who did not cast it, it should be canceled along with the registration for both the voter who picked up the ballot as well as the voter for whom the ballot was cast. If you think about it, most ballot harvesting practices are no different than allowing someone else to show up and vote for you, or to join you in the voting booth as you cast your ballot. It cheapens the sacred and important nature of voting and I believe this suit (though it likely doesn’t have much of a chance of progression) hits directly to that point.
Sad that something with such a valid point likely doesn’t go anywhere because of the defunct nature of the federal court system.