In California, ‘consent of the governed’ is going down the drain: Susan Shelley
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“The United States was founded on the idea that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.” That’s in the Declaration of Independence.
But when government officials conceal information from the public or defy the will of the voters, they can’t claim to have the consent of the governed. They’re not exercising “just powers.” They’re exercising raw power.
On that subject, a couple of things in California need your immediate attention.
The first involves the New Motor Voter Act, Assembly Bill 1461. Under that 2015 law, everyone conducting a transaction at the Department of Motor Vehicles is automatically registered to vote, if they attest that they’re eligible and they don’t opt out. The law acknowledges that ineligible people might become registered through this process. It states that this isn’t a crime.
But how is it corrected when it happens? That’s the subject of regulations, published in February, that Secretary of State Alex Padilla is now proposing to change.
A person who becomes “inadvertently registered” is supposed to voluntarily send in a written request to cancel that voter registration. But under the proposed new rules, the required words, “I declare that I was inadvertently registered to vote” are replaced with “I would like to cancel my voter registration.”
The February regulations said, “The record of an inadvertent registration that is canceled pursuant to this Article shall be retained,” but in the new proposed regulations, that language has been deleted.
So there will be no records, no data, and no paper trail if anyone ever wants to know whether the New Motor Voter law has caused ineligible people to become registered voters.
If you’d like to let the secretary of state know what you think about the proposed changes, you can submit written public comments right now, as long as they arrive by 5 p.m. on Monday. Send them by e-mail to Jennifer.Curtis@sos.ca.gov with a copy to Rachelle.Delucchi@sos.ca.gov. The phone number is 916-695-1571, if you have any questions.
The second matter that needs your attention is Senate Bill 231, which just passed the state Senate by a vote of 23-10 and moved on to the Assembly.
SB231 would redefine “sewer” to include stormwater, a sly trick to allow the cost of stormwater projects to be added to property tax bills without voter approval.
Proposition 218, passed in 1996, said local taxes, fees and assessments had to be approved by voters, with three exceptions: water, trash and sewer fees. In 2002, a state appeals court ruled that the definition of “sewer” did not include stormwater.
SB231 is the second attempt by Sen. Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, to reverse the court’s ruling with a state law.
The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, a coalition of 33 cities, said if SB231 becomes law, stormwater projects could add a potential $1,400 a year to a resident’s property tax bill. People could lose their homes.
“Instead of respecting the will of the voters who passed Proposition 218, SB231 eliminates the ability for them to approve new stormwater assessments,” said David Wolfe, legislative director of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
SB231 is open defiance of the will of the voters. It’s the definition of government without the consent of the governed.
If you’d like to call your state Assembly representative about SB231, their names and phone numbers can be found online at findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.
Thank you for running the state of California.”
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DONNELLY: How California DMV Could Settle the Question of Voter Fraud
“California AB 60 driver’s license holders — who are admittedly in the country illegally by virtue of applying for this class of license — are concerned that the Trump administration may use their AB 60 licenses to identify them for deportation, according to an AP story picked up by Oregon Live.
According to Jessica Gonzalez, spokeswoman for the Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV), illegal aliens in California have nothing to fear. She told the AP that although the department makes “databases available to law-enforcement entities,” that information would not include the legal status of driver’s license holders.
In response to follow-up questions from Breitbart News, Gonzalez may have inadvertently provided the Trump administration a way to get to the bottom of allegations of massive voter fraud.
So the California DMV can internally differentiate within their database who holds an “illegal alien” AB60 license — which contradicts what is being pushed by left-wing activist websites that have reassured illegal aliens that once the driver’s license is entered in the database, the entry is indistinguishable.
In a state like California, where every regular driver’s license holder is automatically registered to vote, and where almost a million illegal aliens have received these “federally-restricted, drive only” licenses — it’s critically important that additional safeguards be in place to prevent non-citizens from being “accidentally” registered to vote.
When asked about how the DMV prevents this from happening, Gonzalez said “[t]he programming blocks AB 60 applicants from having the option to register to vote.”
How is the California voter assured that voter fraud is not happening, given that the only safeguards in place are a computer program and the honor system?
If someone returns a voter registration card and fails to affirm they are a U.S. citizen, his or her registration is treated as normal and placed on the voter rolls without any further verification, per the California Secretary of State’s official website.
Gonzalez also said that “state laws forbid police from discriminating based on a person showing an AB-60 license,” but there is nothing to stop the U.S. Attorney General from subpoenaing the database to determine if votes were cast illegally in a federal election.
It is a very serious crime in California to vote illegally or to vote on behalf of someone who is not qualified to vote — punishable by up to 3 years in prison, with fines from $1,000 up to $25,000 (if the particular offense is a felony).
It is also a federal crime for a non-citizen alien to vote in any federal election, according to US Code 18 U.S.C. § 611 — punishable by up to one year of imprisonment.
If Attorney General Jeff Sessions wanted to investigate voter fraud in California — which California Secretary of State Alex Padilla vehemently condemned as “dangerous,” “impossible” and “a lie” — all he has to do is subpoena the databases and cross reference voter files with AB 60 driver’s license holders.
And if Padilla wants to put the “lie” to President Trump’s allegations of widespread, massive voter fraud, he should put up or shut up.
When a similar verification audit was done in Prince Williams County, Virginia last year — cross referencing jury duty exemptions for non-citizens with voter registrations — the result was astonishing. According to a Breitbart News report in 2016, 1,046 non-citizens were found to be registered to vote in just three counties where elections are often decided by a few hundred votes.
California Democrats have a great opportunity to embarrass President Trump — which seems to be their official mission —and at the same time prove the integrity of the vote in the largest, most populous state in the union.
Unless they have something to hide.”
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