California Man Gets Year in Jail for Bribing the Homeless in Illicit Vote Harvesting Scheme

Norman Hall, 62, pleaded guilty last week to participating in an illicit vote harvesting scheme in which homeless people were bribed with cigarettes and money to obtain fraudulent signatures on voter registration forms and ballot referendum petitions.

Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced the charges in Nov. 2018, and the scheme reportedly went on during the 2016 and 2018 election cycles in the state of California. Hall and eight others were implicated in the scheme that targeted unsuspecting individuals in Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighborhood.

“This is voter fraud, which we talk about, and we know it exists, but it isn’t exactly something that patrol officers deal with,” LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar said in May 2017.

“Democrats in California continue to pretend voter fraud doesn’t exist,” Matt Fleming, spokesman for the Republican Party of California, said via email. “However, this incident highlights the need for more investigation of claims.”

Other defandants who have yet to enter a guilty plea for their alleged crimes include Kirkland Kauzava Washington, 38; Harold Bennett, 53; Louis Thomas Wise, 36; Richard Howard, 62; Rose Makeda Sweeney, 42; Christopher Joseph Williams, 59; Jakara Fati Mardis, 35; and Nickey Demelvin Huntley, 44. Other defendants could face up to six years in jail if they are convicted.

Liberals have largely ignored concerns about ballot harvesting, while conservatives have exposed how the process has helped Democrats exploit the poor and needy to remain in power:

Vote harvesting occurs when third parties — like campaign workers — collect absentee ballots from voters and deliver them to election officials…

The vote-harvesting issue arises in the District of Columbia and the 27 states that allow anyone to pick up an absentee ballot from a voter and deliver it to election officials…

Allowing individuals other than the voter or his immediate family to handle absentee ballots is a recipe for mischief and wrongdoing. Neither voters nor election officials can verify that the secrecy of the ballot was not compromised or that the ballot submitted in the voter’s name by a third party accurately reflects the voter’s choices and was not fraudulently changed by the vote harvester. And there is no guarantee that vote harvesters won’t simply discard the ballots of voters whose political preferences for candidates of the opposition party are known.

It also gives campaign and political party intermediaries the ability to influence voters while they are casting a ballot out of election officials’ sight and without any supervision by them.

Thus, there is no one present to ensure that voters are not being coerced, intimidated, threatened or paid for their vote.

With the high-stakes election coming up in November that will ultimately determine the future of the country, liberals will be using vote harvesting measures and other illicit schemes in order to wrestle power away from the conservative majority.

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