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- Mike Huckabee
No ID Needed to Vote In LA:
Observations From an L.A. Pollworker
On Election Day, I had the privilege of working as Neighborhood Voting Center (NVC) Director at a multi-precinct polling place in Los Angeles County. It was a long, nearly 14 ½-hour workday with no breaks or lunch periods. Allegedly, it was even busier than the last presidential election.
I’ve worked all three elections held in Los Angeles County this year: a special election in March, the primary election in June, and the general election last week. Before this year, pollworkers were required to ID everyone who came in to vote. But at the beginning of this year, the County Registrar dropped this requirement, letting all pollworkers know in no uncertain terms that ID’S ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED for voting.
Having an ID-less voting zone helped to create a ballot free-for-all that was extremely susceptible to voter fraud. I hope that my experiences, as outlined below, will help add to the conversation about voter fraud that is being discussed amongst freedom-loving Americans at this time.
My main job as NVC Director was to help guide voters to their respective precincts to cast their vote. When voters would come in, I would first see if they had brought in the sample ballot they received in the mail, which would immediately tell me which precinct I needed to send them to. If they did not have that, I would look for their name in the merged voter registry that was provided to me by the County Registrar. If their name was not in the registry, I had a map of the precincts that I would use to try to determine where the voter lived.
If, after all that, we still could not locate them, I would send the voter to the table with the shortest line to vote provisionally. Provisional voting is a process by which a voter’s ballot is enclosed in an envelope that contains the voter’s name, address, and other pertinent information so that it can be checked later and determined whether or not it is a valid vote. The voter provides this information, but because it’s not checked against an ID, the information that they give us is completely on the honor system.
Well, no surprise that we got provisional votes galore—in the low hundreds per precinct. One of the precincts even started asking me to stop sending them so many provisional votes because they were running out of tracking stickers to put on the provisional ballot envelopes. We called our supervisors to see what to do about this and were told to just write the precinct number where the tracking sticker was supposed to go and keep taking their votes.
There were a number of voters who came in who registered at the very last minute, as in that day or the day before. They were provided with a registry receipt, and were instructed to show us this receipt to demonstrate that they had indeed registered to vote. When I looked at these receipts to check their address, there was no address on the registration receipt. We had no training on what to do, other than just to accept their vote, so I sent them to random precinct tables to process their votes.
Even worse, it appeared that we took votes from people who were not even registered to vote. I had families come in where the parents were registered to vote, but their kids were not. And because we were not allowed to ID, I had no way of knowing whether their kids were of voting age or not. We passed them on to a random precinct table, where they were likely processed as a provisional vote. I also received people who told me upfront that they were not registered to vote and wanted to know if they could vote. I looked in our “What to do if…” handbook to see if there was information on how to process people who were not registered, and there was nothing that said to send them away. I could hear our training telling us, “Take their votes.” We passed them on to cast provisional ballots as well.
On a hotly contested election like this one, I would have heard and seen the drama if we had not accepted any of these people’s votes. People in California have notorious authority issues, and as someone who also works event and building security, I am very familiar with the self-centered, above-the-law attitude followed by attempts at escalating the issue that Californians often brandish when told that they cannot do something. I never got resistance of any kind, except for one regular senior voter whose name was misspelled in the registers. The complete lack of drama suggests to me that most, if not all, of everyone’s votes were taken.
Despite the tremendous overload of provisional ballots, the very next day the votes were all in. Which leads me to this question: if the County Registrar needed to get the results of the poll so fast, as in that evening, then why were we accepting hundreds of provisional votes with no time to accurately track and follow up on the legitimacy of these votes? If you're going to be that loose with the provisional ballots that you accept, then you need time to go through them all and make sure the ballots are legitimate before you publish the results of the poll. This is especially true considering that the pollworkers no longer have the magic words, "May I see your ID?” in place as a simple frontline gateway to help deter voter fraud.
To add insult to injury, the county-issued cell phone I was issued was stolen early in the day. Almost everyone that was in the Neighborhood Voting Center I was working at was there to vote, so that means it is extremely likely that whoever stole the phone also voted. God Bless America.