Thanks to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors signing on to the Voters Choice Act, elections in Fresno County will be taking on an entirely new look and we’re being told it makes it easier for people to vote. How difficult is it to vote how? Personally, I never saw it as some kind of ordeal to go down to the local polling place and cast my ballot. This entire mess is a political solution to a problem that does not exist. Why is it that every time they change the rules it seems to facilitate cheating?

The title, “Voters Choice Act,” sounds innocuous enough and has become something of a standard used by our political class for packaging all these inane political adventures from Sacramento which are shoved down our throats after being “sugar coated” to cover their true intentions. “Now you see me, now you don’t!”  If you doubt that assertion, check the titles of Propositions 47 and 57 as well as the recent attempt on the part of voters to repeal the governor’s arbitrary gas tax.  That one was so deceptively worded and titled as to result in the voting public counter intuitively voting to keep taxing themselves — and that my friend, makes no sense at all.

Ballot harvesting, which we were told was instituted to “make it easier to vote,” is so bad that it is illegal in much of the United States. We saw the results of ballot harvesting, in my opinion, for the first time here in the Valley following our last election. Many races had literally been decided by a large number of votes and, yet, when the “harvested” ballots were counted many of the first results were turned on their ears. One would not expect 75-80 percent of those votes from late-comers falling to one party!

One of the biggest problems with the afore mentioned ballot harvesting is that there is no chain of control. Ballots should pass directly from the voter’s hand to an election official. That alone seems to make this whole process subject to legal scrutiny.

Originally, we were told that absentee ballots or “vote by mail” would “make it easier for everyone to vote” but, considering the bumbling DMV registering thousands of illegals to vote, those same absentees are an open invitation to election fraud and cheating. The simplest solution would be to return to the old system where everyone went to vote in person at their local precinct — with proper identification — unless they applied for an absentee ballot with sufficient documentation. However, that isn’t going to happen. We will continue to have thousands of ballots floating around to be voted by heaven only knows who.

Everything has become so ridiculous that it is politically unacceptable to ask voters to produce identification to indicate they are how they claim to be. Hell, we can’t even ask people if they are citizens!

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