California election officials recall allegations of vote fraud.

The recount has yet to begin, but election officials are already experimenting with surveillance, according to the spy novel.

At Sale Beach, poll workers arrive outside the entertainment world to pick up ballots from the County Dropbox, and no matter what time of day they meet, they always meet a man who goes out to take a picture of them. Other election workers report people taking pictures of their license plates. At ballot processing centers, volunteer observers keep a close eye on those who approve signatures on unopened ballots – and sometimes challenge the authenticity of signatures, a practice that is prohibited in some counties and requires at least one judge. Has declared it illegal.

Election watch campaigns are in full swing as California approaches Tuesday’s governorate recall election, a bit down from the suspicions and allegations that surrounded the November presidential race as it gathers what it says. Which is a fodder for future judicial challenges and political campaigns.

In some cases, election chiefs are stepping back, dismissing false rumors they may have ignored in the past or blocking voter signature challenges that were abused.

“I’m still trying to be a diplomat. But I’m at the point where I say, ‘Coffee,'” said Orange County Registrar Neil Kelly, whose duties included dealing with an angry volunteer election observer Thursday. That the election staff was approving the voter’s signatures, which he thinks should be rejected. “It needs to be called. … It’s just gotten ridiculous.

A man pushes a cart on which a sign is read, "Signature check"

An election worker pushes a ballot box to the Orange County Register of Voters in Santa Ana.

(Alan J. Shabbin / Los Angeles Times)

Across the state, nearly half a dozen California groups are campaigning for election fraud, although poll observers log from four counties – Orange, San Diego, Fresno and San Luis Obispo – to see almost one organization voting. Shows from: Election Integrity Project.

The organization, which emerged from the Tea Party movement, says it has trained about 4,000 observers to recall, including 300 from Los Angeles County, although reports indicate that the number of observers so far has risen. Is a part of Still, some registrars are concerned that the group’s claims about mailed ballot issues will discourage people from voting and undermine confidence in the electoral process.

The state Republican Party has launched its own electoral fraud program, as have many conservative political action committee leaders. They are competing for the attention and donations of a common conservative base. In this close environment, the Election Integrity Project requires its volunteers to sign a form not to share what they see with other Election Watch groups.

All groups are asking Californians to send ballots to their homes, addressing strangers or dead relatives. The Election Integrity Project has said it wants a record of its litigation against the state, now appealing to a federal court for a court order to audit voter signatures. Other groups did not say what they wanted to do with the information.

The requests upset Renee Jobian when she saw them on her local Next Door social media platform with a picture of the ballot mailing that had gone bad. A Ventura County resident went to the platform to tell neighbors that a bad poll should be reported to election officials at the request of the outer part of the envelopes. Electoral offices rely partially on returning mail to keep voter lists up to date.

Jobian also managed to persuade Next Door to remove the posting, claiming it was misleading, but it returned the next day and sparked a heated exchange in the neighborhood.

“They are trying to cast doubt on people who are not well aware of the integrity of voting,” said Jobian, 64, a self-proclaimed “proud Democrat.”

Suspicion of the election process sent a San Diego resident, who did not want to be named because of his personal privacy, volunteering as an Election Integrity Project observer.

“I’m getting increasingly frustrated when people say, ‘What’s the point of voting?’ Because people don’t believe in the integrity of the process. Rebuilt so that they can be read by machines.

After a week of seeing election workers, he said, “I’m absolutely amazed. I think it’s very impressive for me if people realize it’s a good ballot.

Minutes after the interview, the Election Integrity Project sent out a warning to its volunteers not to speak to the Times.‘No comments’ is the only thing they should say when contacted !!! “

Electoral Integrity also sought to distance itself from a volunteer who angrily confronted Orange County election officials with voter signatures. The organization told members that it was used by a volunteer for a Republican candidate. However, the man’s social media pages only showed that he supported the memory and believed that his failure would be evidence of “mass fraud”.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

Until now, election observers have been allowed to challenge voter signatures in Orange County by flagging them on outer envelopes. But to follow. The Times’ recent investigation Raising questions about the legality of such challenges, Kelly decided to suspend the practice. Last year, a Ventura County judge ruled that observers were not legally allowed to challenge ballot signatures.

Kelly said he has seen observers in the past decide which ballots to challenge based on voter nicknames and other demographics, which will allow them to gauge voter turnout. The Secretary of State’s reminder election instructions tell counties that observers are prohibited from challenging voters, but the document is silent on whether it includes verification of voter signatures.

Three women observers watch the election process in Orange County.

Election Integrity Project observers watch the California Governorate Recall process the mail-in ballot in Orange County during the election.

(Alan J. Shabbin / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County has already banned signature challenges, but other counties, such as San Luis Obespo and San Diego, do not. As of Thursday, the San Diego Registrar’s Office said about 50 ballots had been challenged but none had been upheld.

Election Integrity Project officials did not respond to requests for comment. The organization had previously claimed that it did not train observers to challenge voter signatures, although the logs kept by its volunteers showed that such challenges were a major focus.

The organization has a pattern of misrepresenting data from state voter lists. He recently stressed that non-citizen voters are being hidden because thousands of people have relocated to California from abroad during the record update. The Election Integrity Project failed to take note of many other voters who updated their records so that foreign birthplaces, or places of birth – as opposed to citizenship – were not important to the right to vote.

Linda Payne, president of the Election Integrity Project, has announced that California is part of a socialist conspiracy and claims that the election results are decided in secret. “They always lose 60-40, or 70-30. It’s always the same thing. It’s an algorithm,” he told the Costa Mesa Republican Assembly in late July, according to a presentation recording.

Penn and his organization are currently advocating against voting in post-election elections, even though it is a major source of voting for most California people. The organization baselessly claims that postal ballots are ripe for fraud and manipulation.

Electoral officials contacted by The Times denied this internationally.

The Office of the Registrar, Dan Logan, said, “Voting by mail is a reliable, safe and secure voting option for all registered voters in Los Angeles County.” Are As a result, their messaging can confuse voters and discourage participation.

Nevada County election officials were blunt, calling the election integrity warning “a deliberate attempt to intimidate voters” and “based on baseless conspiracies and hyperbole.”

“What? [Election Integrity Project] Saying that we, the neutral election officials, swore to protect the vote, are cheating. I can tell you plainly that this is a bold and reckless lie. This kind of rhetoric is completely wrong, dangerous and harms election officials.

In the run-up to the November presidential election, California’s Secretary of State quietly campaigned for social media companies such as Facebook and Instagram to censor state agencies that undermine voter confidence. .

The state agency said it ended the program after November and no longer tried to remove social media posts. However, spokesman Joe Kokorok said: “Our office is concerned about electoral misinformation and the possibility of losing confidence in our election.”

Some county registrars themselves have begun to deal with election superstitions. Released by Sacramento County. Public announcements over False rumors on social media, including a county election worker from Dominion Software, was hired and a hole in the ballot envelope made it possible to tell how someone voted and entered a particular method).

The current pace of Election Watch Energy is less important in memory than in court cases and upcoming political campaigns.

The California GOP launched its Election Watch program last week, led by party secretary Randy Brholtz, who has strong ties to the Election Integrity Project. Allegations of electoral fraud are central to former Trump ambassador and right-wing firebrand Rick Grenell, who requested extensive documentation from more than half of the state’s county election offices, seeking records of non-citizen, non-resident or dead voters. What

The law firm representing Washington, D.C., Grenell has a long history of advocating Republican cause, taking Nevada to court with charges of failing police voter lists for illegal citizens and voting for criminals on behalf of Florida. Defending efforts to prevent them from settling their court debts.

Carl de Mai, a former Republican San Diego councilman who runs a political action committee that supports the voluntary repatriation of volunteers, tells supporters he’s mistaken for voters’ names in the mail. Send ballots along the way. Dimau’s Belt Collection Drive is run by a non-profit organization he and campaign support created in February.

He did not say what he wanted to do with the ballot, except to show it on the organisation’s social media accounts. Phone and email messages were not returned to the Demo organization.

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