Vote by Mail? Better Make Sure Your Ballot Wasn’t Rejected

Millions of Californians dropped off their ballots on Election Day or mailed them in, but they might want to double-check their status online—because either a missing or a mismatched signature could void their vote.

Counties are contacting voters because they’re now required by law to do outreach. Still, voters should confirm online that their ballots were tallied. If not, they should call their local election office to be sure their vote counts, said Kim Alexander, president of the California Voter Foundation.

“Voters need to be alert and aware,” she said.

After this year’s June primary, California lawmakers passed the Every Vote Counts Act, which  gives voters time to correct a mismatched or missing signature. The law was enacted after a lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, which argued that 45,000 ballots were rejected last year because of mismatching signatures.

Already county offices are contacting voters asking them to fix their signature issues, such as this instance detailed by a Shasta county voter.

But other voters found out on their own—by checking themselves—including well-connected Democratic communications guru Roger Salazar.

Later he tweeted a follow-up:

Voters who failed to sign their ballots have eight days from Election Day to make their ballots count. That leaves just one day left.

Voters whose signatures don’t match have two days prior to the certification of an election to fix their ballots, Sam Mahood, press secretary for the Secretary of State Alex Padilla, confirmed in an email. This year, county officials have until Dec. 7 to certify election results. Alexander warned that some counties may certify their results sooner.

As of today, the state still has millions of unprocessed ballots. California’s massive size along with other measures the state takes to count and certify ballots mean the state takes much longer than other states to officially call some contests. is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media venture explaining California policies and politics. 


  1. The more complicated that government makes the voting process, the more opportunities it creates for fraudsters.

    Get rid of vote by mail, allow absentee ballots only for the military or the hospitalized.

    Prohibit exotic voting schemes like “ranked choice voting” or “top two primaries”.

    Allow voting only for REAL people who show up at a REAL polling place on election day AND who show a photo ID.

    • Conveniently you seem to want to eliminate all options that don’t favor Republican turnout. Imagine that. You do not need to go to a REAL polling place if you have integrity in the election process, which we did before Trump came along. Photo ID is not needed, never has been and voter fraud has always been a bogeyman with no stats to back it up. IT DOES NOT HAPPEN STATISTICALLY. Claims to the contrary are just attempts to suppress others’ legitimate votes–the same reason DMVs and other offices that issue the photo IDs you claim to want are few and far between in areas serving poorer or minority clientele and have their hours drastically curtailed to prevent statistically undesirable people (from your perspective) from exercising their Constitutional rights.

    • Republlican or Democrat, when you go into the voting booth on election day there’s no way for anyone to influence your vote. You’re free to vote your conscience.
      The same cannot be said when people fill out their ballot at home.

  2. Among the unexpected results of the November election was the “Miracle of Orange County”: Democrats won six GOP Congressional seats on GOP dominated Orange County.

    “How’d they do that?”

    Finally, someone is on the trail of California’s fraudulent voting system:

    Tom Fitton: Ballot Harvesting Places Election Integrity At Risk–‘Recipe For Fraud’

    Judicial Watch’s Fitton gives a hint about how the *legal* ballot harvesting scheme works.

    In 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB1921, allowing “political operatives” to collect absentee ballots from voters and transport them to collection points.

    Registrar of Voter rules state that voters must place their name and address on the OUTSIDE of the mail-in ballot envelope:


    Remember “Cambridge Analytica”?

    With ballots in hand, the “political operatives” simply consult that VAST social media data files of (Democrat friendly) Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. . Through the use of artificial intelligence applications, “operatives” can determine with high accuracy (85-90%) if a named voter is a likely Democrat voter or Republican voter.

    Then, simple “lose” the Republican votes, and deliver the Democrat votes to the collection point.

    Presto! The Miracle of Orange County.

    With eighty percent of votes now being cast by mail, California is now on the verge of producing Saddam Hussein style election results:

    Hillary Clinton, 96 percent
    Bernie Sanders, 3 percent
    Donald Trump, 1 percent

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