With all of the talk of Russian meddling and collusion over the past two years, you might think that our country is devoted to protecting the integrity of our elections. That’s half true at best.
Obama made it very clear that Democrats have no interest in protecting our elections. That’s why he left the door wide open in 2016.
Now, we’re finding out that a concerted effort by Democrat officials in California has been equally disastrous, if not worse. Their renewed commitment to simplifying voter registration now represents a genuine threat to our sovereignty.
The New System
In preparation for the 2018 election, California rolled out a new voter registration system. The goal was to make it easier than ever to register new voters.
They ran the new program through the DMV in the hopes of making it a one-stop-shop for all of your state registration needs. Additionally, they automated as much of the process as they could.
If there’s one thing we know, it’s that liberal politicians firmly believe that their constituents are too stupid to handle a simple election process.
California paired this overhaul with some new voter laws. They required the DMV to automatically forward information to the registration system. That means that thousands of residents were registered to vote whether they initiated the process or not.
Clearly, nothing could possibly go wrong here. Regardless, California bragged about this new methodology and heralded it as the future of voter registration.
Let’s pause for a minute. California made these changes to a process that isn’t difficult. Traditional voter registration involves filling out a form. That’s it. And, you can get that form from a number of resources. You can request it, or you can go to any of the countless voter registration efforts held by every single party.
The one way you’ll find similar about Republicans and Democrats is that both parties are always happy to help newcomers register.
Anyway, no one will be surprised to learn that the new, automated system was full of problems. The glitches were enormous. Many voters had their parties switched from Republican to Democrat without their knowledge. People who didn’t want to be on the rolls were added anyway.
Worst of all, thousands of ineligible voters were registered. There is strong evidence that plenty of these people ultimately voted in 2018, illegally.
It’s hard to say how much of this was an accident. California Democrats have not been shy in their desire to expand voting access to people who don’t hold the legal right.
A Dark Future
Bugs aside, California’s new system created a problem that extends far beyond their own broken government. You see, leading up to the 2018 election, a Croatian hacking group was able to infiltrate California’s new registration system. They changed voter rolls at a whim, and they thoroughly proved that electronic voting systems are still far less secure than physical paper trails.
Anyone who has worked in voting for more than five minutes could have told you this. Most embarrassing of all, Croatian hackers are an international B team. California’s security wasn’t even enough to draw out the good hackers.
Naturally, California tried to cover up the entire thing. They pretended nothing was wrong, and they enabled ineligible voters and foreign hackers to tilt their 2018 elections by thousands of votes.
This is not a small problem. 2018 wasn’t just a state-level election. It’s now likely that we have sitting members of Congress, representing California, who have no legal right to be there.
We’re still not done with the bad news. California still hasn’t fixed the problems. They’re defending the laws that require automatic registration (and helped register illegal voters).
They refuse to switch away from the new system, and there’s absolutely no evidence that it’s protected against future incursions.
Right now, California is an outright election liability, and the scale of that liability will be much greater in 2020.
That’s a presidential election. Those have much larger turnout, and they bear even more consequence than midterms.
The very government of California is now one of the single greatest threats to the integrity of free and fair elections in this country. Then again, when did a liberal every actually want a free or fair election?