There’s a perception that when it comes to elections that Democrat-run areas keep on counting until they win, and they continue to manipulate the electoral process to be able to pull this off.
Be it through “ballot harvesting” in California or a convoluted “rank voting system” in Maine that’s so complex it will give you a headache trying to follow it, Democrats are getting bold in playing games with our voting system — and our democracy they so frequently advocate for.
A month after the midterm elections, Maine announced Monday that it will begin a recount this week, Breitbart News reported — a recount reportedly expected to take four weeks and carry over to 2019 because of the Christmas holiday.
The CD2 recount will begin this Thursday, Dec. 6 at 9 a.m. and is expected to take about 4 weeks. We will not conduct the recount the week of Dec. 24; it will resume Jan. 3, 2019.
— MaineSOS (@MESecOfState) December 3, 2018
This coming after Republican incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin received 2,632 more votes than his Democrat challenger Jared Golden, who was ultimately be declared the winner by Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap due to the state’s controversial “rank voting” system.
A complex system implemented by the Democrat Secretary of State on the state ballot in 2016 and passed with financial support from liberal Texas billionaire John Arnold, according to Breitbart’s Michael Patrick Leahy.
Maine is the only state in the union to use the complex process in federal elections.
More from Leahy on how it works:
Since a Maine judge had earlier ruled that the “rank voting system” passed by voters in 2016 and affirmed by voters in June 2018 violated the Maine Constitution, state offices were selected by the traditional voting system used in the rest of the country–winners were determined by who received the most votes.
Federal offices–in this case the Senate race that incumbent Sen. Angus King (I-ME) easily won, and the state’s two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives–were decided by the complex “rank voting” system, as implemented by the Democrat Secretary of State, using a proprietary computer algorithm provided to the state by an outside vendor.
When Maine voters stepped into the voting booth on November they cast traditional ballots for state offices, but voted for their first, second, and third choices in the one federal race for the U.S. Senate the two federal races for the U.S. House of Representatives.
And this is where the headache comes into play:
In order to be declared the winner, a candidate for federal office had to receive 50 percent plus one of the first place votes cast for the office. If no candidate received more than 50 percent plus one of the vote, then the second choice votes and third choice votes cast by voters whose first choice votes were cast for the third place and fourth place finishers were then allocated to the top two candidates based on the proprietary computer algorithm of the outside vendor selected by the Democrat Secretary of State.
Poliquin, the last hope for a single Republican representative in the six-state New England region, is fighting this perversion of the electoral process in court.
The lawmaker’s attorneys are asking the court to rule that the new “rank voting” law violates the U.S. Constitution and either declare him the winner, having received a plurality of the votes, or hold a special election runoff between the two candidates, the Portland Press Herald reported.
Add this fiasco to what outgoing GOP Speaker Paul Ryan called a “bizarre” process in California tagged “ballot harvesting” and Americans have real cause to be concerned about whether free and fair elections are on there way out.
“Ballot harvesting” is the result of a 2016 California law passed largely along party lines by Democrats that essentially allows paid political campaign workers to go to homes and collect absentee ballots that were not mailed in and take them to polling places — effectively corrupting chain of custody controls by election officials.
Democrats flipped all seven House seats in Orange County in November, in large part because of this new process.
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