Does your vote actually count?
Do not be misled by Humboldt County election officials who are working behind California Governor Gavin Newsom. There is something going on under everyone’s noses in rural Humboldt County, and seems to be a pilot program for an underhanded mail-in-voting system.
Just because you are mailed a ballot does not mean that you are stuck with one voting option this year either. If you are a resident of Humboldt County, you may have received a November 3rd election flyer in the mail. I insist do not let the “COVID-19 UPDATE” at the top intimidate you. In fact, do not let “BY THE ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR” scare you off either. COVID-19 has nothing to do with this issue.
So in the end, does your vote get counted at all?
Just before the 2016 election all voters were automatically defaulted to "permanent mail-in-voter" status. Nobody in Humboldt County was informed of this switch-over in voter status, and if they were, it was kept on the down-low. I am no lawyer, but I am pretty sure this is illegal to some degree. After investigating, the most effected by this were registered Independent and Republican voters. Due to the nature of the Democratic Party's one-party majority system that plagues the Golden State of California, there is little options for the opposition voter these days.
Here's the scoop: For the November Presidential Elections on November 3rd, 2020 -- all Humboldt County voters (regardless of political affiliation) were automatically switched over (without appropriate notification) to "permanent mail-in-voter" status... again.
That means if you DO NOT RE-REGISTER TO VOTE and you are a Humboldt County voter, if you show up to the polling booth WITHOUT a mail-in-ballot, you will automatically be deferred to vote as "Provisional" as stated on the government website. This means your vote may not possibly count for the final tally on the big election day.
What's a Provisional Ballot?
A provisional ballot is a regular ballot that is placed in a special envelope prior to being put in the ballot box. Provisional ballots are ballots cast by voters who believe they are registered to vote even though their names are not on the official voter registration list at the polling place. Those who have been elected as a "permanent mail-in-voter" status and instead want to vote at their polling place or a vote center, but they did not receive their ballot or do not have their ballot with them--then you may still "cast a ballot."
In this instance, the voter's name is on the polling place roster and the roster notes the voter requested a vote-by-mail ballot. However, the voter states they didn't receive the ballot, lost the ballot, or spoiled the ballot and doesn't have it with them. After the voter casts a provisional ballot, the elections official will check the records to ensure that the voter did not cast their vote-by-mail ballot. If this is the case and the voter's signature on the provisional ballot envelope matches the signature on the voter's registration card, then the voter's provisional ballot will be counted. (Elections Code sections 3016, 14310(f), 15350, 15100 et seq.)
If the voter did vote and return their vote-by-mail ballot before the close of polls on Election Day, then the vote-by-mail ballot will be counted and the provisional ballot will not be counted. If the voter did vote and return their vote-by-mail ballot but failed to sign the vote-by-mail ballot envelope, then the voter's provisional ballot will be counted, provided they complied with the instructions associated with the provisional ballot.
Your provisional ballot will be counted after elections officials have confirmed that you are registered to vote in that county and you did not already vote in that election. You may vote a provisional ballot at any polling place in the county in which you are registered to vote, however, only the elections contests you are eligible to vote for will be counted.
If this year's voting experience is like the 2016 election, your provisional ballot is only counted in the Presidential Election when the race is extremely tight, and in need of further need of critical numbers for the final election tally.
The other problem within provisional voting is that there is little integrity. Volunteer officials counting ballots with any major lack of oversight or with possible corrupt leadership, why not turn this into a discussion. There seems to be an added layer of unnecessary confusion to the ability to simply pick a leader of the United States of America. In fact, the key wording on the official Secretary of State Voting website that should be concerning is "only the elections contests you are eligible to vote for will be counted."
So, what contests are you eligible to vote for in this election when your provisional ballot is cast at a polling booth when you forget to bring your mail-in-ballot? It's not clarified anywhere. So we don't know. All California State says is, "Under the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, every voter who casts a provisional ballot is entitled to find out from his/her county elections official if the ballot was counted and if not, the reason why it was not counted."
The problem? They may not need a good reason to count your vote as a provisional voter (a type of downgraded voter status it may seem). So who's to gain? The only political party to gain with this underhanded tactic is the only political party in power--which in this case is the Democratic Party. If you are not allowed to vote for your own political preference over the opposition party in the Golden State, then how can this be considered "a fair election" at all?
HOW TO CORRECT YOUR DEFAULTED MAIL-IN-VOTER STATUS:
1. CHECK YOUR VOTER STATUS HERE: https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov
2. RE-REGISTER TO VOTE HERE: http://registertovote.ca.gov/
3. SHOW UP IN-PERSON AND VOTE WITHOUT ANY HASSLE ON NOVEMBER 3rd, 2020!
We are now at a political crossroads...
Daniel L. Smith,