‘I Can’t Begin to Understand’: Paul Ryan Points Out ‘Bizarre’ California Voting System After GOP Losses

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Paul Ryan is pointing out the issues with the California voting system.

Many California GOP candidates discovered that their leads completely disappeared days after the polls had closed due to provisional ballot counts. During an event with the Washington Post, Ryan questioned the voting system.

“It defies logic to me,” Ryan said to the Washington Post. “We had a lot of wins that night, and three weeks later we lost basically every contested California race. This election system they have, I can’t begin to understand what ballot harvesting is.”

The state allows for same-day voter registration and also used ballot harvesting for the first time during the midterm elections. This means that a third party collected ballots and then gave them to election officials.


While Ryan is not accusing anyone of wrongdoing, he did call out the way that the system works.

“The way the absentee ballot program used to work and works now, it just seems pretty loosey-goose. Point being, when you have candidates that win the absentee ballot vote, win the day of the vote and then lose three weeks later because of provisionals, that’s really bizarre. And so I just think that’s a very, very strange outcome. When you win the absentee ballots and you win the in-person vote, where I come from, you win the election.”

California election official Alex Padilla fired back at Ryan’s comments, saying that despite the fact that the state took a long time to count votes, that is not cause for criticism.

“It shouldn’t ‘defy logic’ that elections officials are meticulous in counting every eligible ballot,” Padilla said to the Mercury News of San Jose. “California works to ensure every ballot is counted properly and every ballot is accounted for. In the most populous state in the nation — and the state with the largest number of registered voters — this takes time.”

It is uncertain if the state will continue to use ballot harvesting in future elections.

What do you think?


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I’m not sure how I feel about people associated with a campaign collecting ballots.

It would make sense though that the ballots would not mirror the results of absentee or in person vote. Not so much cheating, but Democrat ground game only reaching out to expected Democrat voters.

Connie Sieber

California is so diseased that I doubt if it will ever be a beautiful state again. Yes I have lived in it for 60 years.

Raymond Reid

Padilla’s response is very suspicious, more like a straw-man response. Ryan is not challenging the inclusion of provisional ballots. Ryan questions why the provisional ballots do not agree with the absentee ballots and the election day ballots. Ryan has a good point and Padilla knows that, so Padilla is deflecting the issue.

Bob McLintock

We already know that liberals love corrupting the English language, so I can only assume that ballot harvesting the new moniker for Democrats cheating?





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