San Francisco: November 2020 ballot will include a measure to lower voting age to 16

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA- Along with the rest of the country, San Francisco will be casting their ballots in less than two months for the 2020 presidential election. In addition to this, residents will be voting on a proposition that could allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in local elections.

According to reports, a similar measure was introduced back in 2016, but failed to pass because it only received roughly 48 percent of vote. Now, four years later, local activists are hoping for a passing vote on the proposition. 

If passed, San Francisco will become the first major city in American to grant 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote in local elections. Crystal Chan, an 18-year-old organizer for “Vote 16 SF” said in a statement:

“I really think that Vote 16 will help youth of color in San Francisco establish the habit of voting at an earlier age and really provide them with the support and the resources that they need to continue building on that habit as they grow older.”

Chan was one of the primary organizers who fought to get the measure on this coming November’s ballot. The Daily Wire reported that the Vote 16 SF website lists four major reasons to vote in favor of the measure:

Young people should have the opportunity to build the habit;

Young people between 16 and 17 are already ready to vote;

Young people already have a vested interest in politics and;

Young people should have the opportunity to strengthen their civics education.

Their website also says:

“Strong civics education and a lower voting age would mutually reinforce each other to increase civic engagement. A lower voting age would make civics education more effective as providing students a way to directly impact what they’re learning in the classroom and in their communities, adding a crucial level of relevance to civics courses.”

The website added:

“It would also encourage more schools to implement higher quality civics education programs given its immediate implications on students lives.”

Some smaller cities across the country have already offered certain voting privileges to teenagers. Takoma Park, Maryland passed a measure back in 2013, allowing people as young as 16 to vote in their local elections.

Local officials in Takoma voted to lower the voting age hoping that by getting people involved in local government at a younger age would encourage them to stay engaged throughout their life. After the change was announced, some residents expressed their disdain for the new policy.

According to the Takoma residents that opposed the new policy, they believe that teens will simply vote the same way as their parents or that teens will purposely vote opposite of their parents. These critics also said that 16 and 17-year olds are too immature to vote.

The upcoming measure, Vote 16 SF, faces some of the same criticisms by their own residents and in general it seems that lowering the voting age has not received the same level of support at the federal level as it does the local level. 

However, some lawmakers have vocalized their belief that young people should be allowed to vote on the issues that directly impact them. Back in 2018, Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) introduced a constitutional amendment to lower the voting age nationwide to 16. Meng said:

“I’m always inspired by our nation’s youth who have demonstrated wisdom, maturity, and passion on issues like social justice, gun control, and climate change “

She added:

“They are the leaders of our future and the decisions we make impact their lives every day. To capture their views and experiences, we must lower the voting age to 16 in all elections.”

Another lawmaker, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) introduced an amendment to H.R. 1- the For the People Act back in 2019 to lower the federal voting age to 16. The bill only received 126 votes, failing to receive a simply majority that would have allowed it to move to the Senate.

It seems, then, that the question still remains: what would be improved by lowering the voting age by simply two years? Brandon Klugman, Vote 16’s campaign manager spoke with NBC News and said:

“Research is clear on this, that voting is a habit and 16 is a better time than 18 to establish that habit. Our motivation here first and foremost is to make sure that we put new voters in a position to establish that habit in the first election they’re eligible for and then to continue participating throughout their lives, which is good for democracy on every level.”

Skeptics argue that 16-year-olds are not mature or informed enough to cast a ballot and that the proposed policy would be inconsistent with other age-related requirements in the United States.

Nate Hochman, a senior at Colorado College and a Republican Activist, does not support the initiative to lower the voting age. He cited many reasons including whether young people have enough experience in “understanding” exactly what good governance looks like within their communities. He also said:

“16-year-olds, they’re sophomores, juniors in high school, like they’re deeply impressionable. They’re largely interested in learning what you know, their friends are doing and appearing to be cool. And they’re not capable of making completely rational decisions about voting.”

He added:

“When are you an adult? When do we trust you to make your own decisions about who you are in the world and making your own way?”

Klugman believes that the coronavirus pandemic mixed with gun safety advocacy and climate change lends urgency for the need for young people to have a say in local politics. He said:

“We’ve seen the concrete effects that local policy decisions make on the lives of young people really more clearly than ever as school boards and local officials figure out how they’re gonna reopen schools, how they’re going to make sure that young people have access to remote learning and the achievement gap doesn’t widen.”

Klugman said that he looks forward to this measure to someday becoming the law of the land. He said:

“I think we’re just getting the conversation started here and hopefully, when we look back a few decades down the road, we’ll say hey, that actually was inevitable, even though it started off as something that was seen as pretty new and pretty bold.”

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Report: Double-voting caught in GA June primary election, 58% of double votes were Democratic ballots

GEORGIA – During the June primaries this year in Georgia, reportedly 1,000 voters had cast ballots twice during that period.

And according to the spokesperson for the Georgia Secretary of State, 58% of those ballots cast were Democratic.

The incident seems to be linked to voters sending in absentee ballots and then coming to the physical polling locations on election day and casting a second vote, according to the Georgia Secretary of State. The department’s spokesperson stated the following on the assessment thus far:

“While the investigation is still ongoing, initial results show that of the partisan ballots at issue, approximately 58% were Democratic ballots.”

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger stated the following about the investigation into these alleged double-voters:

“A double-voter knows exactly what they’re doing, diluting the votes of each and every voter that follows the law. Those that make the choice to game the system are breaking the law. And as secretary of state, I will not tolerate it.”

Licensed attorney, ACLU of Georgia senior manager for Voting Access Project and state director of All Voting is Local Aklima Khondoker, claims that these alleged “double-voters” were just trying to make sure “their vote was counted”:

“They only did what they thought was right to make sure their vote was counted… Voters are not criminal.”

While “voters are not criminal”, attempting to intentionally vote twice is a felony. And the offense could land someone in prison for 10 years if convicted.

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Apparently, the system in which to check if someone had returned an absentee ballot when arriving on election day at polling locations wasn’t working as intended. Todd Faircloth, a Fulton County poll worker, explained the difficulty of being able to determine who had mailed in a ballot or not on election day:

“During the primary election, we could not reach anyone for hours on election day. We had no choice but to have the voter sign an affidavit and let them vote.”

While some county officials were able to halt some people from attempting to vote twice o June 9th, obviously some people had managed to slip through the cracks that day.

The news of this transpiring in June showcases the validity of President Trump’s comments made earlier in September about potentially sending in a mail-in ballot and then attempting to head to a polling location to cast a vote in person:

“If the system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote.”

It seems that the system of massive mail-in ballots in concurrence with physical polling locations does indeed have exploitable caveats – which makes the president’s remarks earlier this month all the more clever considering this incident happened 4 months prior to his remarks.

Because what this incident and President Trump’s recent remarks have forced news outlets to do is cover concerns over voting fraud even when news media outlets claimed that the president was being an alarmist.

To understand the stark contrast between mail-in voting in past elections in Georgia versus the amount of cast ballots via the mail, previous elections in the state only hosted about 5% of mail-in ballots. However, the June primary election in the state this time around had about 50% of votes cast by mail.

Furthermore, 150,000 people in said primary showed up on election day after having requested mail-in ballots previously.

While many of those requested ballots were reportedly never arrived or people simply opted to vote in person, there were some of that 150,000 people that were halted in person from voting after poll workers realized they’d already casted mail-in ballots.  

This is also merely a single state’s primary where this fraud was exposed. One can only imagine the potential ramifications when tallying votes nationally for the November election.

Whistleblower warns America: Mail-in voter fraud is easy to pull off, we’ve been doing it for years (op-ed)

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NEW YORK- Make no mistake about it…the reason Democrats are pushing mail-in ballots so hard is that they want to create chaos on November 3.

It is a win-win for them if you think about it. If President Trump wins, the Democrats can claim he suppressed the vote.

If President Trump loses and questions the process, which he might if it is close, the Democrats can claim he’s “refusing to accept the will of the American people.”

See how that works?

Democrats claim that there is no possibility of voter fraud with mail-in ballots. However, a report in the New York Post offers a cautionary tale about the widespread use of mail-in ballots, with a Democratic operative saying that voter fraud is no myth, in particular concerning mail-in ballots.

How does he know? Because he’s done it…frequently.

The source, who would only speak to the Post on condition of anonymity for fear of prosecution, said that voter fraud is “more the rule than the exception,” the Post said.

In this case, the man worked on municipal and federal elections in New Jersey, including in Paterson, Atlantic City, Camden, and others. He has meddled in local legislative races, mayoral contests, and congressional contests across the state.

The Post said that according to records they reviewed, those who benefited from his interference include some of the “biggest names and highest office holders” in the state.

The insider noted that, “An election that is swayed by 500 votes, 1,000 votes—it can make a difference. It could be enough to flip states.”

Think about it…1,000 votes could be the difference in a congressional race, and with only a handful of seats needed to flip the House from Democrat back to Republican control, the stakes have never been higher.

If four Senate seats change hands from Republican to Democrat, they gain control of the Senate. While it has been said this is the most important election of our lifetimes on a presidential scale, the stakes are also high in the under ticket.

The whistleblower told the Post that he personally changed ballots himself over the years, but actually led teams of individuals and had personally mentored at least 20 people in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

His identity, rap sheet and history working as a consultant to numerous campaigns was confirmed by the paper.

He told the Post that he worked on every type of political race in New Jersey—from city council up to the United States Senate—and that the “smaller the race the easier it is to do.”

The whistleblower said that he is a Bernie Sanders supporter and doesn’t care who wins the presidential race, however he believed he needed to come forward in order to address what he said are significant problems with mail-in ballots.

“This is a real thing,” he lamented, saying that there will be a “fucking war coming November 3rd over this stuff.”

He said that the problem is easily fixable if they “knew how the sausage is made.”

According to the Post, 84,000 voters in New York had their ballots invalidated for the June 23 Democratic presidential primary due to their being improperly filled out.

While claiming that mail-in voting can be complicated, the whistleblower said that for people who possessed the proper acumen, the process is easy to figure out and easy to rig.

He noted that in the case  of New Jersey, a blank mail-in ballot is delivered to a registered voter in a large envelope, with a return envelope inside, a “certificate of mail-in voter” that must be signed by the voter, and then the ballot itself.

This was when the person looking to rig the ballot goes to work.

He said that ballots have no security features such as stamps or watermarks, which makes them easy to counterfeit. Simply run the ballot “through the copy machine and it comes out the same way,” he said.

The return envelopes presented a larger problem, since they are “more secure than the ballot. “You could never recreate the envelope,” he said.

The solution? Get them from real voters.

This is where ballot harvesting comes in, or at least a version of it. In this case, the operative would send people out going door-to-door, talking voters to let them mail completed ballots as a “public service.”

Then, it was just a matter of taking the sealed envelopes and holding them over steam to loosen the glue. The legitimate ballot would then be removed, and the counterfeit ballot placed inside.

Time taken? “Five minutes per ballot tops,” he said.

The fake ballots weren’t all placed in just a limited number of public mailboxes but were placed in various mailboxes around town.

This was done in order to avoid a similar situation that happened in Paterson, N.J. in a city council race this year, where 900 ballots were placed in only three mailboxes.

He said in that case, the fraudsters made the mistake by not spreading them around the city, saying if they had done so, “nothing would have happened.”

So, in the case of this year’s election, the postal union has endorsed Joe Biden in the presidential election. Clearly post-office employees would not possibly interfere in an election, would they?

Wrong.

According to our whistleblower, postal employees are sometimes in on the scam as well.

“You have a postman who is a rabid anti-Trump guy and he’s working in Bedminster or some Republican stronghold…He can take those [filled-out] ballots, and knowing 95% are going to a Republican he can just throw those in the garbage.”

He noted that in some cases, he actually had mail carriers as part of his “work crew,” and would grab ballots from the mail and send them over to the operative.

The Post said that in 2017 more than 500 mail-in ballots in New York City never made it to the Board of Elections for elections that November. This led to hundreds of people not having the ability to vote. It took months for the ballots to be found, finally being discovered in April 2018.

Where were they found? They were apparently “put off to the side at the Brooklyn processing facility,” according to city elections supervisor Michael Ryan.

The whistleblower also identified nursing homes and assisted living facilities as good marks for voter fraud as well, where people will “help” elderly voters fill out their absentee ballots.

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“There are nursing homes where the nurse is actually a paid operative. And they go room by room by room to these old people who still want them to fell like they’re relevant,” he told the Post. “[They] literally fill it out for them.”

This very thing is exactly what occurred in 2007, where former Jersey City Mayor Gerald McCann had allegedly tricked so-called “incompetent…and ill” residents of nursing homes into voting for him. While McCann denied it, he did admit to “helping” some nursing home residents with absentee ballot applications.

Democrats also say that requiring voter ID is “racist.” You need an ID to cash a check, sometimes to use a credit card, to buy a bottle of vodka, and lottery tickets.

Requiring an ID to participate in our republic however is racist. Why do you think Democrats oppose it? Because lack of voter ID leads to fraud.

The whistleblower said that so-called operatives would be sent out to vote at polling stations, in states such as New Jersey and New York which do not require voter ID. Some other states also do not require ID in some limited ways, such as Pennsylvania.

Public information is generally available to be able to determine people who routinely fail to vote in either presidential or municipal elections. Those were the people who were targeted.

Hoaxsters would be dispatched around the city after receiving index cards with that person’s name and district and you go around the city and say, “You’re going to be him, you’re going to be him,” the insider said.

Once at the polling place, all the fake voter had to do was sign in, “get in line and…vote.” In cases where someone had already voted, the fake voter would claim a “mistake” and leave. 

What about the homeless? The whistleblower said that homeless shelters were a good source of “buyable” voters.

“They get to register where they live in and they go to the polls and vote,” he said. He noted that when he ran for mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg had spent what amounted to $174 per vote. The tipster told the Post that he could have delivered the same result at a 70 percent discount.

He told the story of Frank “Pupie” Raia, a real estate developer had been convicted on federal charges of paying low-income residents $50 each to vote how he wanted in a 2013 municipal election.

He explained that regarding mail-in ballots, usually operatives from each party count ballots at a local board of elections and decide which ballots are properly completed and which are not and must be discarded due to irregularities.

The whistleblower said that in his case, any ballots that were “submitted by him or his operation would come with a bent corner along the voter certificate—which contains the voter signature—so Democratic Board of Election counters would know the fix was in and not to object.”

He continued, “It doesn’t stay bent, but you can tell it’s been bent. Until the [certificate] is approved, the ballot doesn’t matter. They don’t get to see the ballot unless they approve the [certificate,]” he told the Post.

“I invented bending corners,” he bragged while saying that once the fixe ballots were mixed in with the normal ones, the fix was in. “Once a ballot is opened, it’s an anonymous ballot.”

Federal law would seem to act as a deterrent to voter fraud, with sentences of up to five years in prison possible. However, people who have been arrested and convicted of voter fraud have experienced far less punishment, the Post said.

Sentencing has been erratic, the Post said. In a case in Texas in 2018, a woman there was sentenced to five years in prison, while in Arizona, a man who was arrested for voting twice in the same election via mail was given only three years’ probation.

The conservative Heritage Foundation conducted a study in which they found more than 1,000 documented incidents of voter fraud in the United States, a vast majority having occurred over the past 20 years.

“There is nothing new about these techniques,” said Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at Heritage. He manages their election law reform initiative.

“Everything he’s talking about is perfectly possible.”

The Post reached out to the NYC Board of Elections, however they declined to answer the paper’s questions on ballot security.

Now you know why Democrats want mail in voting. Chaos benefits them. For Republicans it’s tails you win, heads I lose. A no win proposition.

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