Myth of mass voter fraud lives on as propaganda persists

Roseville, Calif. – The past few years, conspiracy theorists, “news” channels and political ideologues have worked tirelessly at trying to discredit almost every institution of our representative democracy with persistent propaganda about a “stolen” election. Tragically, the manufactured claims without any evidence continue to take a toll on America. Fear and political propaganda remain a profitable seller.

While it is imperative for citizens to scrutinize and hold government accountable, it is equally imperative to strive for accuracy in information. Let’s turn our attention to Placer County elections.

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Voter Fraud in Placer County

At the local level, we wanted to learn what Placer County’s experience with voter fraud has been. For this, we turned to Ryan Ronco, Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters. Ryan has been working in Placer County Elections office for 27 years. Here’s what we found out.

NO Evidence of Intercepted Ballot Fraud

“I have worked for this office for 27 years and for at least the last 20 years (it could be longer) we have been calling or emailing voters with mismatched signatures to investigate vote fraud. In that entire time we have not had a voter tell us that someone unknown to the voter intercepted the voter’s ballot and committed vote fraud.” – Ryan Ronco

By the Letter of the Law, Yes

“Every election we find many instances of spouses in a hurry asking their partners to “sign for me” when completing the vote by mail envelope. When a member of a household forges another person’s signature for expediency or laziness, that’s vote fraud by the letter of the law.” -Ryan Ronco

California Law protections

“We are required by state law to match the signature on the outside of each voter’s vote by mail ballot envelope against the signature the voter gave us on his/her voter registration card before we can open the voter’s envelope and count the ballot inside. That’s not a percentage or a random sample – that’s every signature on every envelope in every election.”

Ryan Ronco, Placer County Clerk– Registrar of Voters

Takeaway

Technically, you can find evidence of voter fraud in any election. A closer look reveals most is quickly resolved and Placer County currently finds zero evidence of malicious intent to commit voter fraud.

So, the next time you hear a political figure, tv pundit, or social media post touting a stolen election, it might be good idea to consider the facts over propaganda.

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