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California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation “permanently requiring a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed to every active registered voter in the state.” For Secretary of State Shirley Weber, who tried to keep Larry Elder off the recall ballot this month, the “more people who participate in elections, the stronger our democracy and the more we have assurance that elections reflect the will of the people of California.” And so on. 

Weber failed to mention the “people of California,” now include millions of false-documented foreign nationals ineligible to vote. For years, the Pew Research Center pegged the national figure at 11 million, but a recent study by scholars at MIT and Yale estimates more than 22 million people reside illegally in the United States. Eleven million is more likely the number illegally present in California alone.

“California is home to over 10 million immigrants,” read a chart displayed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Newsom in 2019 as they announced a lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s public-charge rule. “Immigrants” is California code for “illegal aliens,” a term the state’s ruling class has just banned. State Democrats have also hinted at how many illegals are violating the law by voting. 

In 2015, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla told the Los Angeles Times, “At the latest, for the 2018 election cycle, I expect millions of new voters on the rolls in the state of California,” with “new voters” being code for ineligible voters. True to form, by March 2018, more than 1 million “undocumented” immigrants received driver’s licenses from the state Department of Motor Vehicles. 

Padilla knows how many illegals voted in the 2016 election but refused to cooperate with a federal voter-fraud probe. Padilla also knows how many noncitizens voted in 2018, and with perhaps more than 10 million illegals in the state, 1 million illegal voters is probably a low guesstimate. 

Newsom’s first budget included nearly $100 million for illegals’ healthcare, in addition to the in-state tuition and welfare benefits false-documented illegals already receive. They also get protection from deportation through the state’s sanctuary law. True to form, early in his term Newsom flew to El Salvador, which is, like Mexico, a source of the state’s imported electorate.

State Democrats have been pining for that since 1978, when voters approved Proposition 13

At a time when Californians were being taxed out of their homes, the measure slapped a limit on property-tax hikes. Proposition 13 required no new state spending or state hiring, but Democrats blamed the measure, not their own spendthrift ways, for all fiscal woes. 

In 1986, the people of California overwhelmingly (73.2 percent) approved Proposition 63, making English the state’s official language. That same year, 67 percent of voters booted Rose Bird, Jerry Brown’s choice for state chief justice. Voters also removed Brown’s Supreme Court picks Cruz Reynoso and Joseph Grodin, who were, like Bird, kinder to violent criminals than to their innocent victims. 

In 1994, more than 58 percent of California voters approved Proposition 187, which denied public services to false-documented foreign nationals. A Jimmy Carter judge invalidated the measure, and California continued to relieve Mexico of the educational and social service costs for its own citizens. 

In 1996, more than 54 percent of California voters approved Proposition 209, the California Civil Rights Initiative, which eliminated racial and ethnic preferences in state education, employment, and contracting. As with the other propositions, Democrats didn’t like the voice of the people, so they sought to replace the people with foreign nationals. 

According to a State Department investigation, false-documented illegals have been voting in federal, state, and local elections for decades. In 1996, illegals cast 784 votes against Republican Robert Dornan in a congressional race Democrat Loretta Sanchez won by only 984 votes.

Democrats allowed false-documented illegals to get driver’s licenses, the first stage of the motor-voter program. Democrats also deploy ballot harvesting, which put the hapless Kamala Harris in power as state attorney general three weeks after election night in 2010. Voting by mail is essentially premature ballot harvesting, and last year it got a road test in the signature process. 

Proposition 14 in 2020 sought $5.5 billion for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, which since 2004 has spent $3 billion without producing a single FDA-approved treatment or therapy. During the pandemic, Californians were slow to approve, so CIRM backers urged petition-signers to print out sheets for 16 signatures and mail them in to sponsors of the ballot measure. Padilla ignored this blatant fraud and greenlighted the measure, which prevailed 51 percent to 49 percent in November. 

In a similar style, Remote Accessible Vote by Mail (RAVBM) allows Californians to “vote independently and privately in the comfort of their own home” by printing their own ballots and mailing them in. “Can you print out more than one ballot?” wondered Katy Grimes of the California Globe. “Did California invent an audit-proof way to steal elections?”

Legal immigrants and legitimate citizens have a right to wonder how many print-your-own ballots were cast in the recent recall, and how many of the illegal “registered voters” mailed in their vote in 2020. Democrats aren’t saying, and they have now made the mail-in system permanent. Watch for other states to follow in the run-up to the 2022 midterms. 

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About Lloyd Billingsley

Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Hollywood Party and other books including Bill of Writes and Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation. His journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Spectator (London) and many other publications. Billingsley serves as a policy fellow with the Independent Institute.

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