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Volume 3 . Issue 12                    June 22, 2019

"Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation, must begin by subduing the freedom of speech" - Benjamin Franklin

Our Election Process is Under Attack

Democrat, Liberal, Progressive, Democrat Socialist, all seem to have one thing in common: to dilute your vote even further. In California, we have felt this for some time due to the lack of equal/fair representation in the State Legislature. But now those aforementioned, aka “the left”, to include their 2020 Presidential candidates, have taken it further, looking to abolish the electoral college and have the President elected by states' popular vote.

In Congress, the far left has introduced HR 1, which federalizes and micromanages the election process administered by the states imposing unnecessary, unwise, and unconstitutional mandates on the states by reversing the decentralization of the American election process  which is necessary to protect our liberty and freedom. While we are already seeing some of this in California, HR 1, looks to nationalize our election process. For example: seize the authority of states to regulate voter registration and the voting process by forcing states to implement early voting, automatic voter registration, same-day registration, online voter registration, no-fault absentee voting.

It is thought that this would make it easier to commit fraud and promote chaos at the polls through same-day registration as election officials have no time to verify the accuracy of the voter registration information and cannot anticipate the number of voters by diffusing the intensity of the get-out-the-vote effort.

It raises the costs of campaigns. The costs for candidates who want to run for office are already astronomical, often preventing qualified, good people from running for office, even for County Supervisor. Voters that
vote early don't have the same information as those who vote on election day, missing the late-breaking developments that could affect their choices.

The entire nation, just as it is currently in California, would see the accuracy of voter registration lists degraded by: 1) Automatically registering large numbers of ineligible voters from state databases such as DMV and welfare offices. 2) Registering large numbers of ineligible voters, including legal and illegal aliens.3) Allowing duplicate or multiple registrations of the same individuals.

Help Is On The Way

Soon, the eyes of the nation might be focused on California and its current efforts to protect the integrity of our elections by legal action. This is already underway thanks to Judicial Watch which was just informed that Los Angeles county has sent notices to 1.5 million inactive voters on its voter rolls. This mailing is a step toward removing the names of voters who have moved, died, or are otherwise ineligible to vote. The massive mailing is the result of a settlement agreement with Judicial Watch requiring the County to remove as many as 1.5 million inactive registrations. In addition, the Secretary of State has alerted other California counties to clean up their voter registration lists to comply with the federal National Voter Registration Act, as promised in that same settlement agreement.

Another action is underway by 

election attorney and former candidate for Secretary of State, Mark Meuser, who with the law firm of Harmeet Dhillion, on May 31, sent a letter to Secretary of State Alex Padilla bringing his attention to the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). It mandates that states ensure the eligibility of each potential voter prior to placing them on the voter rolls. The NVRA makes clear that eligibility includes citizenship. A similar letter was also sent to the Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles stating that the NVRA also makes clear that the California DMV is also required to share with the chief election officer information necessary to determine a voter's eligibility. Adding to that, California is violating the NVRA because the California DMV is not sharing the information in its possession to assist the chief election officer in determining eligibility.

But Wait There Is More - Ballot Harvesting

After the votes were counted in the November 2018, state election, voters were shocked to learn that, unbeknown to most, in 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that allows harvesting of ballots. In fact this is one of three laws passed, that combined, were seen to stack the deck against Republicans. First was the Motor Voter law. Second, the state legislature authorized counties to send absentee ballots to voters even if they had not requested those ballots. Third, was the change in the rules governing ballot custody so that anyone could turn in absentee ballots, which before could only be done by a family member. This was particularly observed and reported in Orange county.  According to campaign workers the week prior to November 6, the Democrats had over 1,000 people on the ground going

door-to-door collecting ballots, resulting in the lost of several major Congressional seats. It was also observed that many of the volunteers were DACA recipients (immigrants/non-citizens).

Recently Tom Fitton announced that Judicial Watch has initiated a comprehensive investigation into ballot harvesting processes in California to see if there is fraud, voter intimidation, or loss of votes due to fraud. Along with Judicial Watch in April, the
Election Integrity Project of California submitted a registered letter to the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division Voting Section and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requesting an immediate investigation into California's continued election system failings.

What Can You Do?

I, for one, am tired of hearing, “What's the use? My vote does not count in California.” Well, I beg to differ and remind you that your vote does count when it comes to that county supervisor or school or water board candidates. I have seen a city council candidate win by one vote and a county supervisor win with a little over 60 votes. By not voting, you fall prey to exactly what the far left is counting on. We may not be able to give our Presidential candidate the electoral college votes in California, but we can sure increase his popular vote numbers that have become a bone of contention for those who are trying to abolish the electoral collge.

Just like our battle for equal/fair representation, such is the case in keeping our electoral college, because rural voters will lose their voice to those of the larger urban populated cities.

In November of 2018, two million Republicans did not vote. Would that have made a difference in some
of our state not to mention local elections? What about the gas tax initiative? In 2020, just 9 months from now, we are looking at probably one of the most important elections in our lifetime. It is no longer just about California, it is about our country and if we don't stand up and get involved, there will be nowhere to run.

Voter Information

If you or someone you know has experienced any event that you feel potentially disenfranchises even one legitimate voter, please report this by visiting the Election Integrity Project of California website. If you want to check your voter registration status, location of your county elections department, polling, or need any information, please visit Vote.org. During primary and general elections, typically the political parties have election campaign headquarters that provide voter registration and information and also candidate and ballot measure information. It is also where you can volunteer to Get Out The Vote. Visit the web sites of your county's political parties to find out

more. The date of the primary is March 3, 2020, and general/Presidential election is November 3, 2020.

On Tuesday, July 9, Mark Meuser, election attorney and former candidate for California Secretary of State will be the guest speaker at the El Dorado County State of Jefferson meeting at the American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road in Placerville. Doors open at 5:30 pm and meeting begins at 6:30. When the 2020 campaign season gets underway, we encourage all State of Jefferson County Committees to schedule candidate forums for local and state candidates who represent all party affiliations.

 
Terry Gherardi
Independence Day
Is it the 2nd or
is it the 4th?

The Declaration of Independence was signed in July of 1776. But which day? On July 2nd, our Continental Congress declared freedom from Great Britain. A resolution was approved and New York delegates received permission to make a unanimous vote.

The Continental Congress needed a document drafted to explain this to the public. The committee of five, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, proposed the draft. After 2 days of edits it was agreed upon.

After approval on July 4th, it went to the printer, John
Dunlap. Approximately 200 copies were printed with John Hancock's name at the bottom. Only 26 copies remain today.

This is the reason that “IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776” is at the top of the Declaraton due to the date of approval.

John Adams had wanted July 2nd to be the national holiday with parades, guns, bells and bonfires from this day forward and celebrated as the great anniversary festival.

In 1870, Independence Day was declared an unpaid holiday for employees and in 1941, it was made a paid holiday for them by Congress.

From Thomas Jefferson's last letter in 1826, he stated, “For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and undiminished devotion to them.”


Have a Happy and
Safe Independence Day!


Penny Garland

UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Events are happening all over Jefferson Counties, too many to list here. For more information, please check the SOJ51.org website, Events and Meetings or copy & paste: http://soj51.org/events-meetings/
 

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Standing County
Committee Meetings

Subject to change without notice.
 
Coos County, OR
3rd Wednesday each month - 6PM
60 W Third St
Coquille, OR

Curry County, OR
2nd Wednesday each month -
6:00 PM
Panthers Den
29513 Ellensburg Ave
Gold Beach, OR

Douglas County, OR
2nd Tuesday each month - 6 PM
Republican Headquarters
506 SE Jackson St
Roseburg, OR

El Dorado County
2nd Tuesday each month -
6:30 PM
American Legion Hall, 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville
Doors open 5:30 to 6:30 PM, to socialize, ask questions and/or enjoy a meal.  The meeting time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Jackson County, OR
2nd Thursday each month -
6:30 PM
County Library
412 E Main St
Rogue River, OR

Josephine County, OR
1st Thursday each month - 6:00 PM
Elmer's Restaurant
GP Parkway and Foothill Blvd
Grants Pass, OR
 
3rd Thursday each month -
6:00 PM
Kerby Belt Building
Kerby

Klamath County, OR
1st Tuesday each month -
6:00 PM
Sizzler's Meeting Room
2506 S Sixth St
Klamath Falls, OR

Mariposa County
4th Tuesday each month - 5:30 PM
Happy Burger Diner Meeting Room
5120 State Hwy 140 at 12
th St
Mariposa


Nevada County
2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month - 6:00 PM
Robinson's Conference Center 293 Lower Grass Valley Hwy
Nevada City


Placer County
3rd Wednesday each month - 6 PM
Come early for dinner
Round Table Pizza
370 Elm Ave
Auburn

Shasta County
Mondays at 5:30 PM
2570 S. Bonnyview Road
Redding

Shasta County Intermountain Patriots
2nd Tuesday each month - 6:30 PM
Burney Lions Hall
Main Street, Burney

4th Tuesday each month
Social time - 5 PM
The Ol Merc
Hwy 299, McArthur
Meeting time - 6:30 PM
McArthur Lions Hall,  Hwy 299
McArthur

Stanisluas County
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month - 6:30 PM
Grizzly Rock Cafe
4905 North Golden State Blvd  
Turlock

Sutter and Yuba Counties
 4th Monday each month - 6:30 PM
Church of Glad Tidings Building 500, Room 212
1179 Eager Road
Yuba City
 
Tehama County
 1st  & 3rd Friday each month -
7:00 PM
Westside Grange
20794 Walnut Street
Red Bluff

Trinity County
 2nd Thursday each month -
6:30 PM
Hayfork Community Church
7450 State Highway 3
Hayfork
 
3rd Wednesday each month -
6:00 PM
Round Table Pizza
120 Nugget Lane
Weaverville

**NEW LOCATION**
Tuolumne County
2nd Tuesday each month -
6:00 PM
Willow Springs Club House
20522 Willow Springs Rd
Soulsbyville
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