California Secretary Of State Destroys Fair Election Process
California Secretary of State Accepts 108 Different Presidential Elector Candidates Pledged to Donald Trump
Posted on October 4, 2016 by Richard Winger. On October 3, the California Republican Party submitted its 55 candidates for presidential elector, pledged to Donald Trump. This list is from the Republican Party’s web page.
Earlier, the American Independent Party submitted its list of presidential elector candidates. They are also pledged to Donald Trump. Only two names are on both lists: Ron Gold and Thomas Hudson. The Secretary of State accepted the filings for all 108 individual elector candidates.
Donald Trump’s name is on the November California ballot as “Donald J. Trump, Republican, American Independent.” There is only one space on the ballot to vote for Trump. Therefore, all votes cast in that one space for Trump are over-votes, because they are casting a vote for 108 elector candidates. No California voter is permitted to vote for more than 55 candidates for presidential elector. When a voter casts a vote for more candidates than are to be elected, that is an “over-vote” and the vote is invalid.
Section 6902 of the California election code says, “At the general election in each leap year, there shall be chosen by the voters of the state as many electors of President and Vice President as the state is then entitled to.” California is entitled to 55 electoral votes.
Section 15505 of the California election code says, “No later than the 32nd day following the election, the Secretary of State shall analyze the votes given for presidential electors, and certify to the Governor the names of the proper number of persons having the highest number of votes. The Secretary of State shall thereupon issue and transmit to each presidential elector a certificate of election.”
Section 14285 says, “The voter shall, by using the provided marking device, place a mark in the voting square, rectangle, or other specific voting space following the names of the candidates for that office for whom the voter intends to vote, not exceeding, however, the number of candidates to be elected.”
The California Secretary of State could have solved the problem of separate presidential elector lists for each of the two parties by placing Donald Trump’s name on the ballot twice, once for each party. Because this was not done, the only two Trump electors whose vote total can be ascertained are Ron Gold and Thomas Hudson. And even votes cast for them will be invalid, because all Trump popular votes will be over-votes.