Has California Secretary of State Shirley Weber has invented a “print-your-own ballot from home” program just in time for the September 14th recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom? Or has this program been around but not promoted – until now?
It turns out this Remote Accessible Vote by Mail (RAVBM) system, which appears to have been created for the November 3, 2020 General Election, allows voters to mark their selections using their own compatible technology to vote independently and privately in the comfort of their own home. It appears to be a published but not menu-listed page. Are they hiding it on purpose?
And how many ballots in the 2020 General Election were cast using these make-your-own ballots?
Here are more details from the SOS page:
How to Request RAVBM
A voter can request a RAVBM when they review their information on My Voter Status or by contacting their County Elections Office by phone, mail or email or by going to their County Elections Office website for more information.
How to Use RAVBM
A voter using RAVBM:
- Downloads the application to mark their selections,
- Marks their selections for each contest using their compatible technology, on their computer or tablet,
- Prints and returns their marked selections by mail using the postage paid envelope included with their vote by mail ballot or using their own envelope which would require postage. The return envelope used in any instance, must have the voter’s signature on the outside of the envelope. The voter can also return their selections in person to a voting location, drop box, or their County Elections Office. A voter cannot submit their selections online. It must be mailed or returned in person.
The vote-by-mail envelope being mailed to all Californian’s, includes punched holes that will help guide visually impaired voters where the signature is needed. However, if a voter is using their own envelope, they can sign anywhere on the outside of the envelope.
The Secretary of State’s Office currently has four certified RAVBM systems:
Patty Murray at Gateway Pundit asks a good question: “So, how does California prevent ballots that are printed at home from bleeding through flimsy printing paper? The answer—they don’t.”
Well, there are a few more questions that need to be asked:
Can you print out more than one ballot? How are these verified and by whom? Why can’t these ballots be dropped off? Why must they be mailed?
What could possibly go wrong?
Did California invent an audit-proof way to steal elections?