Tee Hee: California Progressives Allege Voter Fraud in Democratic Party Election, Demand Voter ID

Guy Benson
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Posted: May 24, 2017 11:01 AM
Tee Hee: California Progressives Allege Voter Fraud in Democratic Party Election, Demand Voter ID

Earlier this month, we highlighted a popcorn-worthy story of former DNC workers suing the Democratic Party -- ostensible champions of the little guy -- over sub-minimum wage salaries, and an alleged refusal to offer overtime pay. This story out of California may be even richer. You may have heard that the state party's annual convention was marred by discord and vulgarity, with national DNC Chairman Tom "F-Bomb" Perez getting booed by delegates even before his terrible fundraising numbers came out.  One of the most controversial moments of the tumultuous meeting was the narrow election of an establishment Democrat to chair the state party, beating a Bernie-style left-winger.  The defeated candidate's supporters were furious, insisting that the outcome was highly suspicious, if not outright fraudulent.  And one of their specific objections was absolutely delicious:

Supporters of the losing candidate in a bitterly disputed election to serve as chair of the California Democratic Party say they’ll begin a detailed audit of the votes on Tuesday. The move comes after protests, allegations of ballot stuffing and bitter disputes after votes at a weekend party convention. The unprecedented effort to examine the documentation of the disputed state party’s election results was announced by outgoing California Democratic Party chair John Burton at the close of a raucous state Democratic convention this weekend. Ellis, the former director of Emerge America, a women’s political organization, lost the election by a narrow margin of 62 votes out of 3,000 cast. Her loss immediately set off protests from hundreds of her backers, many of whom charged that there were irregularities that included allowing voters to cast proxy ballots without proper ID. Some Democratic insiders are already worried the dispute has potential to do long-term damage, creating a rift in the state party as it heads into crucial 2018 elections...

People voting in a close election "without proper ID"?  Perish the thought. Even California's beleaguered Republican Party couldn't whiff on this one. Swing and a drive:

Republicans have already seized on the protests. State party chairman Jim Brulte said the issue underscores “the complete hypocrisy of the Democrats when it comes to election integrity...Democrats think voter identification laws are important for their party elections, but don’t think they are good enough for the California voters,” Brulte said in a statement. “It should be clear to the people of California that the Democrats are willing to put the elections of our state officials at risk while protecting their own Party elections."

I, for one, am disgusted by California progressives' support for "voter suppression" methods such as requiring proper identification to ensure the integrity of an election. Their demand that only eligible voters be permitted to cast ballots, according to established rules, is an outrage. And quite possibly racist, or something. Because as we've been told, voter fraud doesn't exist. It's a myth. Conjured out of thin air by the terrible Republicans. To combat a fake problem. Or maybe, when the chips are down and the stakes matter to them, lefties realize that the vast majority of Americans who are in favor of voter ID laws support a common sense measure to safeguard electoral results.  By the way, a primary source of acrimony at this week's convention was fury from grassroots lefties over some elected Democrats' concerns about a proposed single-payer healthcare scheme:

State Democrats’ three-day convention had a raucous start Friday, as liberal activists booed and heckled Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez after marching from the state Capitol to promote a universal heath care program. The leader of the nurses’ union that opposed Perez’s recent election had just warned California Democrats that they would put up primary election challengers against lawmakers if they don’t support a bill to create public-funded, universal healthcare. “They cannot be in denial anymore that this is a movement that can primary them,” RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of the California Nurses Association, told hundreds of nurses and health care advocates gathered for a rally at the Capitol. “Vote them out,” the crowd chanted back, referring to Democrats in the Legislature wavering on whether to support their cause. 

Ah, but in case you missed it, there's a teeny tiny problem (among others) with their glorious cause: