Calif. elec­tion rule changes said to dis­ad­van­tage GOP

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WASHINGTON REPORT -

A com­bi­na­tion of re­cent changes in Cal­i­for­nia’s elec­tion rules have length­ened the bal­lot-count­ing process and, some Repub­li­cans be­lieve, dis­ad­van­taged their party.

A stun­ning 5 mil­lion bal­lots — more than 40 per­cent of the over­all to­tal — were counted af­ter Nov. 6. In many places, Democrats got a sig­nif­i­cantly larger por­tion of the late votes than those counted on Elec­tion Day.

Those later votes helped Democrats cap­ture a string of GOP-held U.S. House seats.

The Demo­cratic leg­is­la­ture ap­proved changes al­low­ing any mail-in bal­lot post­marked by Elec­tion Day to be counted up to three busi­ness days later.

An­other pro­vi­sion al­lows vot­ers to let any­one drop off their ab­sen­tee bal­lots, rather than a fam­ily mem­ber as pre­vi­ously re­quired. That has opened the door to so-called “bal­lot har­vest­ing” by cam­paign op­er­a­tives.

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