Orange County California a strong hold of conservatism, recently had their county flip from Red to Blue after the 2018 election results rolled in. What happened exactly is the question everyone is asking. How could a county opposed to sanctuary status, and liberal policies turn from a conservative strong hold into a progressive held county.
To understand the issue in its entirety, you must look at California as a whole picture. California is one of the most populous states, and has 53 representatives to cover their population. It is a state that has a good deal of internal problems. From border crossing, to high gas prices, from earthquakes, to wild fires, and of course San Francisco being labeled the "poo" capital of the United States. Yet, the people of California are determined to keep the state one of the highest cost to income ration states to live in.
How could the people living there be so self absorbed as to not look out their window and see what is happening in their state. Some media pundits claim the loss of Republicans is due to Trump. Some even going so far as to make ridiculous claims that they wouldn't support candidates running that supported the President. However, the majority of the country disagrees with this theory.
Another theory given by the Washington Examiner is that Democrats outspent, out campaigned and were intimately involved in colleges and universities electing Democrats in their state. Michael S. resident of Orange County California told Red Hot Media, "my daughter was told in class to get to the polls". A similar sentiment from other college students around the state. Basically bullying them into participating in the mid term election.
While the above theories may hold true as to why republicans lost the election in California, another issue that has been presented, and hushed up is that of ballot harvesting. While Californians were basking in the climate of warm weather, sunny beaches, and mountains, Jerry Brown current governor signed, a change to the law AB-21 two years ago. This change, even though a minor change allowed anyone from street sweeper, to pan-handler to collect ballots, and deliver them to polling booths. Also included are Provisional ballots for homeless, and "motor voter" registration for illegal aliens allowing them to vote on Federal elections, not just state elections.
According to Ballotpedia, "Ballot harvesting: A person requests a mail ballot for someone else or steals a mail ballot, then uses that ballot and forges the intended recipient's signature. Also refers to filling out a ballot for someone else who has requested assistance in filling out a ballot, rather than assisting them. It is listed as voter fraud.
According to Town Hall, this law, referred to as ballot harvesting, “amounts to an open invitation to large-scale vote buying, voter coercion, ‘granny farming,’ and automated forgery. AB 1921 solves no problem that a simple stamp can’t solve.” According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "Election Day vote-by-mail drop-offs was unprecedented — over 250,000.” With the population of Orange County being 3.1 million, 250,000 harvested ballots would surely play a significant role in who was elected to the house of senate.
At any rate, Orange County California has completely turned into a Democrat strong hold, and it will eventually be supporting sanctuary status to supplement their democratic votes. Having a super majority in the state, rest be assured conservative legislation will not be considered and certainly not passed.
Did California new policy of ballot harvesting affect the election? We report, you decide.