House Speaker Paul Ryan questioned California’s ballot-counting process after Democrats were able to flip several GOP-held seats, saying the system “defies logic” during an interview with the Washington Post’s Paul Kane.
“We had a lot of wins that night, and three weeks later we lost basically every contested California race. This election system they have, I can’t begin to understand what ballot harvesting is.”
“We were only down 26 seats the night of the election and three weeks later, we lost basically every California race,” he continued.
The ballot harvesting rule was just placed in effect this year, and California also allows absentee ballots to be counted late.
The term ballot harvesting refers to a practice that allows provisional ballots, collected by a third party from voters to be accepted weeks afterward when that third party hands them over to election officials.
“In Wisconsin, we knew the next day. Scott Walker, my friend, I was sad to see him lose, but we accepted the results on Wednesday,” Ryan said.
He called the way absentee-ballots work now “pretty loosey goose,” compared to how the program operated in the past.
“When you have candidates who win the absentee ballot vote and then lose three weeks later because of provisionals, that’s really bizarre. And so I just think that’s a very, very strange outcome,” he said.
“When you win the absentee ballots and you win the in-person vote, where I come from, you win the election,” Ryan added.
“If you then — and you’re up six points or something like that, it’s really bizarre. So my only point is, I’m not saying there’s anything nefarious about it, because I just don’t know, but we believed we were up about six seats in California the night of the election, now I think we lost just about every single one of those.”
Many people agree.
Some argue that democrats have been perfecting these election rigging rules for the past few years, knowing that their PC culture was waning and that people were sick and tired of being bled dry.
In an email to supporters, Orange County Republican Party Chairman Fred Whitaker explained, “The number of election day vote-by-mail drop-offs was unprecedented — over 250,000,” Whitaker wrote, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“This is a direct result of ballot harvesting. That directly caused the switch from being ahead on election night to losing two weeks later,” he added.
Democrats are calling it ‘democracy,’… perhaps that’s the new name for election rigging?