Were the California elections fixed too? 13 congressional candidates think so
Citing irregularities, GOP candidates push case to Ninth Circuit
San Francisco – Thirteen congressional candidates intend to take their fight for fair and honest elections in California to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a nonpartisan elections watchdog group announced on Wednesday.
The plaintiffs, who include a former military advisor to President Bill Clinton, are challenging laws, regulations and election practices creating an environment ripe for irregularities, according to the Election Integrity Project California.
“This is a potentially groundbreaking case that challenges the blatantly unconstitutional election practices taking place in California and increasingly, in other parts of the country” said Linda Paine, president of EIPCa.
“Unlike other recent election cases, it is forward looking, seeking to create a transparent election process for all future elections.”
700 sworn affidavits
In January, the candidates, all Republicans, sued numerous county and state election officials in federal court, including Gov. Gavin Newson, charging that they violated several clauses of the U.S Constitution, allowing fraud to occur in the Nov. 3 election.
The Los Angeles-based Primary Law Group filed the suit after EIPCa collected some 700 sworn affidavits from trained citizen observers that described various irregularities during the election.
The complaint also examines how California laws like ballot harvesting, and last-minute changes like privileging vote-by-mail voting over in-person voting, disadvantaged minority groups.
“The conduct of the 2020 election eviscerated citizen oversight, caused mass irregularities and opportunities for fraud, and violated the rights of lawful voters, citizen observers, and candidates,” the complaint stated.
Violate the 14th Amendment
Practices that promote the casting of illegal or unreliable ballots fail to contain basic minimum guarantees and violate the Fourteenth Amendment, leading to the diminution in value of validly cast ballots, the plaintiffs argued.
“Observers were prevented from entering voting locations; kept 30, 40 or 50 feet back from vote counting operations, or even outside the counting rooms altogether; obstructed by having screens placed between observers and election workers so that observers could not see what election workers were doing; and many other instances of obstruction and concealment.”
The detailed 44-page complaint argued that “California’s use of voting machines supplied by Dominion and Smartmatic provided opportunities for registrars, election workers and others to tamper with results.”
Dominion and a flash drive
In Ventura County, for example, the complaint states, “a Dominion employee was observed inserting a flash drive into a Dominion machine while it was tallying votes, after which the Dominion system was rebooted. The Dominion employee then removed the drive from the Dominion machine, placed it into his own laptop, and performed operations on the laptop. He then removed the drive from the laptop and provided it to the Ventura County election official who was operating the Dominion system.”
On June 15, the federal trial court granted defendants’ motions to dismiss the case without ruling on the facts, paving the way for plaintiffs’ appeal to the Ninth Circuit.
The candidates ran for U.S. Congress in districts where substantial irregularities were documented. They are James P. Bradley, Aja Smith, Eric Early, Alison Hayden, Jeffrey Gorman, Mark Reed, Buzz Patterson, Mike Cargile, Kevin Cookingham, Greg Raths, Ronda Kennedy, Chris Bish, and Johnny Nalbandian.
The group intends to file the notice of appeal within several weeks, according to EIPCa, which has researched county and state voter rolls for a decade and documented massive numbers of ineligible voters. They nevertheless continue to receive vote-by-mail ballots, which will happen in the upcoming elections if no action is taken.
More about EIPCa at https://www.eip-ca.com.