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Obamacare exchange sends couple voter registration form pre-marked as Democrat

premarked voter registration form

Last October, LU staff reported that Obamacare exchanges offered visitors an option to register to vote. Brian Cook, a spokesman for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was quoted as saying the exchanges were required to include that option under the 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

But does that law also empower the exchanges to automatically register enrollees and, if so, as Democrats? That’s what happened to a La Mesa, Calif., couple. ABC News 10 reports that the couple, who asked not to be identified, received an envelope from Covered California, the state’s Obamacare exchange. Inside was a registration card pre-marked with an “x” in the box next to Democratic Party.

The husband told reporters:

I’m an old guy and I never would have noticed it, except I have an accountant that notices every dot and dash on a piece of paper as a wife.

Covered California began mailing out voter registration cards to all enrollees last week after being threatened with a lawsuit by the League of Women Voters, Young Invincibles, other pro-Obamacare voting rights groups, and the ACLU. Their argument, presented in a 6-page letter mailed to Debra Bowen, the California Secretary of State, noted an “obligation on the part of public assistance agencies to provide voter registration services.” Their petition, which cited Section 7 of the NVRA, was based rather loosely on that provision, which reads:

Section 7 of the Act requires states to offer voter registration opportunities at all offices that provide public assistance and all offices that provide state-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities. Each applicant for any of these services, renewal of services, or address changes must be provided with a voter registration form of a declination form as well as assistance in completing the form and forwarding the completed application to the appropriate state or local election official. [Emphasis added]

Whether a website can reasonably be called an “office” is open to debate. What is not debatable is the illegality of selecting a party affiliation for private citizens.

There are other problems, noted by the couple:

[T]here’s an awful lot of people who are going to get this that are already registered and they don’t need to. I can see that, but I can’t see putting x on the form before it’s given to me in a little bitty box that nobody’s really going to notice.

Anne Gonzales, a spokeswoman for Covered California, told reporters that the application forms come directly from the Secretary of State’s office, with no fields pre-marked, adding that the couple should contact the Secretary of State, which “takes these violations of election law extremely seriously.” The couple claims they did reach out to the Secretary of State’s office and were unable to get hold of anyone. They then tried contacting the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, which told them to contact Covered California.

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  • http://www.virginiaconservative.blogspot.com/ BobMbx

    Anne Gonzales, a spokeswoman for Covered California, told reporters that the application forms come directly from the Secretary of State’s office, with no fields pre-marked, adding that the couple should contact the Secretary of State, which “takes these violations of election law extremely seriously.” The couple claims they did reach out to the Secretary of State’s office and were unable to get hold of anyone.

    Pretty sure they’re aware of it now. That doesn’t mean they care.

    • Howard Portnoy

      Pretty sure they’re aware of it now.

      Um, maybe. CA leans about as far left as Obama. It’s possible that they are selectively unaware of inconvenient realities.

      • The Truth

        This is all part of the “plan”.

        The DNC “Chicago Machine” has a long history of Voter Fraud.

        Obama, via this political machine, has developed a very high tech approach of reaching out to groups and sub-groups of voters….and using illegal strategies like the one that YOU exposed in your article.

        David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, John Podesta and others, have refined this “Election Model” to a TEE !

        Mr. Portnoy, you might be aware of this already, or you might look into it more and write another article addressing this corrupt game-plan.

        TT

      • pateboo

        They’ll just say they found out the same way as the rest of us, from the news, like Obama says he does.

      • Richard Brandt

        Secretary of State’s office is probably quoting Alfred E Newman from “Mad Magazine.” “What, Me Worry?”

  • Jean Henri Laprime

    And so, it begins…..

    • Tish

      Sir, it never ended

  • Enubus

    Demoncrats are such transparent scum!

  • billie

    Round and round we go!

  • Karen169

    I am surprised that ABC even reported this fraud. Someone obviously didn’t get the memo to not investigate anything that makes Obamacare look bad.

    • ganderdavis

      How else would the demwits get anyone to register as a dimwit without checking the box for them.They must have thought this couple were illegals who needed the dimwits help to register their FAKE I D.You know the one they will use to show their TRUE names ….LOL. If you have kids then you better keep a close watch on their SS# and make sure your kids didn’t turn into someone from south of the border. The demwits are looking to DUMB DOWN the population so as to get a population to stupid to know when they will be getting SCREWED.

  • tionico

    so, here we have the three, or perhaps as many as five or ten, Stooges each pointing their fingers at someone else. The solution is simple: State did indeed send the forms out blank. It was the person hired to actually stuff them into the envelopes and address/send them that got out her handy dandy pen and marked in the boxes, “doing them a favour” and sving their trouble…. of course, finding the very office, and narrowing it down to the gummint dweeb whose pan actually made the mark deliberately is another exercise in futility… “oh, but we’re taking care to identify the guilty and make sure they are dealt with”.. yeah, and I gots a chicken can fly to the moon and back in a week.

    • PatriotGal

      Just like they’re investigating the IRS, the NSA, the EPA and Benghazi, etc. Wonder if OWEbama will draw yet another red line.

  • colsooonscoorner

    Commies want the vote no matter what!

    • wag_dog_69

      How else did would they get 97% of Crimeans to vote for annexation to Russia? Or 110% of the registered electorate to vote for Obama in some precincts for that matter.

  • canucksam

    And the beat goes on…..and on……and on………………

  • Chardonna

    Just another way to cause voter fraud. Seems that the liberals will do anything to stay in power. I’m really afraid that voting machines will do the same thing they did in 2012. You vote for a Republican and it changes your vote to a Democrat. Voting machines need to be kept out of the reach of the unions.

    • Rosie46

      Solve the problem by going back to ballots that you actually punch, so the machine cannot change the vote. That happened in Las Vegas — the machine would switch the vote from Romney to Obama and would not let it be changed.

      • LadyGreenEyes

        YES! All that nonsense in Florida in 2000 was so that they could push these easily-tampered-with voting machines. The supposedly “confusing butterfly ballot” was so simple that my son, seven at the time, was easily able to look at it and decide where to punch for each person. We were actually in Florida that year, and during the recounts, the news was filled nightly (literally) with reports of this or that Democratic counter caught in an attempt to cheat. Most of Florida went to Bush, and only the southern tip, with the big cities, was in question. They even tried to not count the military overseas votes, because they knew those would go for Bush. That, I guarantee.

        All that mess did was cause a lot of states to switch to computerized machines, which are much more easily altered.

      • Rosie46

        It seems in the last few elections the ballots for the military overseas were lost, burned, sent out too late to return, or the poll location was unavailable. So shocked — NOT!!

      • LadyGreenEyes

        The military tends to vote, mostly, for Republicans. We are a military family, so I do know the trends there. There is a reason the clown-in-chief said he doesn’t trust the military. They started that back in 2000, trying to toss out legal overseas votes in Florida. The whole thing was a mess. It’s only gotten worse since then. This clown is still deploying troops, too, all over the place.

  • btlbcc

    Let’s see what the effects of this might be, on a larger scale: This is voter registration, not actual voting. Don’t know the CA rules, but if I were to show up at the polls for a (partisan) primary and they handed me the ballot of some other party, I would immediately change my registration and get the correct ballot (which I seem to recall you can do in MA where I live). In CA? Don’t know. Registration as a member of a particular party has no effect in general elections. So the effect here MIGHT be to prevent a Republican or other party member from voting in the primary, but would have no effect (?) on the general election. If that’s the case, it seems to me to be an ill-conceived exercise in political futility. Still illegal, but futile.

    • Jeff

      Except that whichever party you register with gets sent your contact and registration info so that they can contact you. That is why I get contacted every election cycle by the party I am registered with. Granted, this information is public, but it makes it that much easier for them.

      • btlbcc

        Well, they either get sent the info (I’m not sure about that; it may vary from state to state) or they have the right (as do you and I – as you point out, it’s public information) to access voter registration records and compile their own database. As for political “junk mail,” there’s this notion among some political fundraiser types that if you bombard the voters enough, they will contribute and will vote for you. I suppose that may work in some cases, but my experience (from the candidate side) is that it can easily be overdone and backfire. In any event, junk snail-mail is fine for starting fires in the woodstove – free fuel! – and junk email is easily deleted after a quick glance to see what it it. I mean, what the hell, we are in the information age; I suppose we should be used to it by now….

      • LadyGreenEyes

        It’s proven fact that some will vote for the names they most recognize, even if they know little to nothing about them. Even the signs we see all over can affect the votes. Thus, bombarding some voters with the pamphlets for one side would have an effect, overall.

      • btlbcc

        That’s why they are called “low information voters.” While I don’t suggest that we go back to those times, the old requirements of property and/or literacy do make a certain amount of sense. Unfortunately, they were (and would be) abused to disenfranchise people. So we have a voter education problem. I was out collecting signatures to get on the ballot in my town the other day (for Housing Authority Commissioner) and ran across a number of people who were not registered to vote and were perfectly happy to not vote. I suppose that’s okay if they are content to sit back and let the rest of us run the country, but when they start griping about what the government (and in small New England towns, that’s Town Meeting, which is to say, your fellow citizens) is doing without at least getting involved to the extent of voting, I tend to lose sympathy.

        As for signs, I’ve used them when running for Selectman and State Senator, along with pamphlets. My former State Representative once made the comment that “signs don’t vote;” the more is not necessarily the merrier. Pamphlets are, in my view, more important, since they can give the voter information on where the candidates stand on the issues. But they (and robo-calls and emails) can be, and often are, overdone, to the point where many voter are turned off. Again, if the candidate I approve of deli=uges me in campaign literature and calls, I am not going to go and vote for his opponent. But some people – either low-info voters or people who don’t care which candidate is elected – will do that. I just call their campaign office and suggest that they get real.

      • LadyGreenEyes

        Property ownership was too much, because not all have that capability, but some basic education would be nice! I don’t think either should be a requirement, though, for the same reasons you stated.

        Many of those that were happy not to vote have been dragged out in recent years to do so.
        I suspect in those cases, they vote for whatever party gets them to the polls. I remember hearing about thing being given to people in such efforts, too, which is highly illegal.

        Mailings, in my case, seldom go anywhere but straight into the trash. I prefer to look up the information myself. I know someone personally who claims she changed who she planned to vote for because of phone calls. She didn’t, anywhere in that tale, mention what either person stood for regarding any issue. People are strange sometimes!

      • autrypma

        It should be a crime that someone doesn’t want to vote or care to vote. Where are their brains. Why don’t they care about their country, especially their familities, children, parents who are all involved in that Obama and the Democrats are doing to our/their future.
        They should have to live in a country where not allowed to vote or have the FREE right to do so, or have the FREE right to do anything. If the non-voters continue, they will have given our country away to the liberals who want total control of us all !!!!!!!

      • LadyGreenEyes

        Well, I would like to see all informed people vote, but if someone chooses not to, that is their option. It wouldn’t be a free country if people were forced to vote. Also, if people are very uninformed, they can be easily led to vote for the wrong people, which is where many of these liberal votes come from.

      • autrypma

        True, it is a free country, but if one chooses not to vote, not to be interested, this will not remain a free country. I cannot understand the attitude of not being interested in what is going on, and I know people who have this attitude. Do they not realize how this “disturbing trend of not caring” will take us. If they have children and grandchildren, it will affect them even more. How can anyone “not care”…this is a real problem. Voter apathy is destruction. Freedom to vote is a priviledge and a
        “Duty”…if you want to live in Russia, South Korea, where they have “other dictators controlling the country”, I suggest they seriously consider moving their US membership to one of these countries…so they don’t have the priviledge of “free voting”, but have their lives totally controlled….which is where the US is heading if “People don’t wake up and get rid of this apathy of
        NOT CARING”.

      • LadyGreenEyes

        I understand your point completely. People should be interested, and make every effort to learn the facts about candidates and issues, and to see past the propaganda that is offered. If they don’t become involved, they lose any right to complain when things don’t go their way.

        That said, if people are not educated on the realities, they can end up being manipulated to vote for the wrong person. How many people voted in the last election just to get a free cell phone? People like that voting are a bigger danger than those that don’t vote at all.

    • LadyGreenEyes

      In some states, you can only vote in the primary or caucus in which you are registered, and I don’t think you can change it that day in many places. I know you can’t where we live. So, this tactic would at the least prevent people from voting for the person they wanted in the primaries, which can affect an election.

      • btlbcc

        Yes, there are 50 States, with 50 sets of rules (may the best ones win!). I can only speak for Massachusetts. Here the trick is to register as “unenrolled” or Independent. Then you go to the polls and select the ballot you wish. You are now registered in that Party. When you leave the polling place (or sometime later, at the Town Clerk’s Office), you re-enroll as unenrolled. Not sure, to be honest, what would happen in the case of an incorrect (the scenario presented in the article) party affiliation.

        Side note: Why “unenrolled” instead of “Independent?” Way back when, George Wallace ran as the candidate of the American Independent Party, so Massachusetts changed “Independent” to “Unenrolled” to avoid confusion – and hasn’t changed back since….

      • LadyGreenEyes

        I have seen that sort of system myself. The registration card would be marked at the primary polling place, so the person wasn’t able to vote in both. That sort of system, where I saw it, would have prevented people who were marked for the wrong party from voting as they liked.

  • mcbee555

    Such a practice implies that the practice is more widespread than one errant form to one married couple.

  • dangerouspatriot

    The bastards are getting pretty slick and sneaky and I’d advise anybody who gets anything from the government, state of federal to look that document over VERY, VERH Carefully before signing anything or doing anything on that document. Copy it and send it to any and all people who would/could do something about it, namely, lawyers, etc. This illegal government is getting way too out of hand and we need to stop it soon, so L&L people, L&L

  • Gidge713

    The Healthcare site does not ask for Citizenship status, so guess what illegals wll get registered to vote. Screwed again people.

  • vrahnos

    Well that is the commie way now don’t ya know.Calif.is a commie state flat out.SWo is new york state as well.Hope you fools like it.

  • 1776Patriot

    Im pretty sure that the Secretary of state’s office knew about it but were hoping people wouldn’t notice so they can say CA is predominately democratic.

  • Guest

    Corruption in California. Same old same old.
    Big question is, how many of these were already received, or about to be, by others? And what will THEY do about them?
    Betting that the majority end up in the hands of illegals who’ll be happy to get them.

  • icemancold

    Hmm. Gonzales sounds kinda Mexican to me. I wonder if they put the wrong registration form in the envelope and sent the couple one meant for an ILLEGAL that does not read or write english. Sounds like a reasonable mistake to me. Especially in MEXIFORNIA

  • AppraisHer

    Anne Gonzales found out about it the same way the Dog Eater finds out about his scandals…they read about it in the newspaper.

    BTW, did the LaMesa couple also get beamed up by a UFO??

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/03/24/msnbc-host-there-are-studies-that-show-you-are-literally-more-likely-to-be-beamed-up-by-a-ufo-than-find-a-case-of-voter-fraud/

  • gutz22

    Just another example of progressive sedation.Not until there are consequences associated with wrong doing will there be any chance of the libetards being stopped.
    A few examples of jail time being warranted:
    Charlie Wrangle tax fraud
    Harry Reid campaign donation fraud
    Eric “The Weasel’ Holder Contempt of congress
    Lois Leiner Contempt of congress
    mrs Bill Clinton Bengazhi murders
    and last but not least
    Obongo for fraud & being a domestic enemy of this nation

  • PatriotGal

    Did anyone expect anything else from this administration? No surprise – just more underhandedness, lies and manipulation.

  • wag_dog_69

    Why does the law obligate organizations that provide public assistance provide anything related to voting? Should all used car lots also provide people with vehicle operators permits?

    But of course we all know which party benefits when those on public assistance are “encouraged” to vote.

    • LadyGreenEyes

      Much of public assistance, especially in California, goes to illegal aliens, who aren’t even supposed to vote. Thus, they aid and abet illegal registrations.

  • JayCee

    The democratic party in California will be doing some “back pedaling” in the media as they choose which low level employees will be led to slaughter.

  • rick0857

    I don’t understand what the problem is here. So what if my voter registration card say “D.” That does not in any way mean I’m going to vote for the scum sucking slime balls. I could care less if the dumbas scrats THINK I AM ONE OF THEM on paper or not. After all if it weren’t for lying democrats wouldn’t be able to speak at all, so why not give them a taste of their own medicine right back? Let them think you’re a registered dimwit so long as you don’t vote that way. Last time I voted they didn’t ask me for party affiliation at the polls nor did any RED or BLUE lights start flashing when I cast my ballot. I believe we still have a secret ballot do we not? If so why worry other than the massive amounts of junk mail you’re going to get from the dim wit party, but hey, you can use that to build fires for warmth when they finish with the global warming agenda and you can no longer heat your home with natural gas.

  • loran

    Oh yea, just look at what Mz. Bowen did to us at “privacy for all students” and our petitions to call a referendum on AB1266. One cannot trust these liberals any more. These voter registration forms were sent with the hope of no one noticing the checked boxes. So when it comes to libs really seriously caring about something, it only applies to their ideology. PERIOD!

  • Tish

    Democrats are cheating at every turn..they are losing and losing big,, this is akin to being trapped like a rat and desperately cheating hoping no one will notice.. they will get away with some,,but not nearly enough for what these scumbags need to win..Democrats are the epitome of NO HONOR AMONG THIEVES ..

  • Doug Hess

    This is really sloppy reporting. An unnamed couple with a form with a pencil/pen mark? Who would go through a great many forms to do this in an attempt to register a few more voters to their party? It is a bad strategy. Are there other cases of this happening? Besides, registering with people with your party doesn’t win you an election or gain you any other benefit. So the conspiracy theory is convenient, but smells like baloney. Think, people, think.

    • LadyGreenEyes

      Why would their names have to be printed for the article to be true? They aren’t criminals, and have every right to avoid being portrayed in the news by name. The sort of people that would commit such fraud would not hesitate to harass anyone that exposed their scheme. Even the government, these days, would likely target them over this. The IRS would audit them, some trumped-up charge could appear, even the DEA might be involved, coming in with some false allegation, that doesn’t even have to be charged, much less proven, and take all they own.

      In California, the presidential primaries are controlled by your party registration, meaning that you cannot vote for someone in the other party. This means they can keep people from choosing a Republican candidate in the primary, if they preregister people as Democrat. That can have a huge effect on the general election. Also, in California, a huge percentage of the aid programs, that conveniently require voter registration aid, go to illegal aliens. Now, if you have fraud committed in choosing for this couple a party, it’s easy to believe you could have fraud in helping illegal aliens to register to vote.

      That the mark is in pen (see video) means the form is useless if the person wanted to register for the other party. Thus, they now have to make extra effort to obtain another form.

      There were tons of cases of voter fraud during the 2012 election, and most were ignored by most of the media, and no one ever seemed to question how widespread it actually was. If you catch a certain number of cases, you can bet there are plenty that were missed. At this point, unless something changes, we no longer even have a free election system.

      • Commentator

        “The sort of people that would commit such fraud would not hesitate to harass anyone that exposed their scheme. Even the government, these days, would likely target them over this. The IRS would audit them, some trumped-up charge could appear, even the DEA might be involved, coming in with some false allegation, that doesn’t even have to be charged, much less proven, and take all they own.”

        If you believe all that, then surely you believe they could have made this story up, too. Right?

      • LadyGreenEyes

        I know people who have seen actual fraud, and those that would commit such acts aren’t the ones that printed this story. I know someone whose dead mother “voted” for Obama in the last election. Dead for YEARS, mind you, and never a Democrat.

        Look up the property seizure laws on the books, and see how easy it is for your property to be taken by the government, even if you are never charged with a crime. Look at the real cases of the IRS targeting the political opponents of the current administration. What you see should make you uncomfortable, and it’s all real.

      • Guest

        “I know someone whose dead mother “voted” for Obama in the last election. Dead for YEARS, mind you, and never a Democrat.”

        How do you know who a ballot was cast for??

      • LadyGreenEyes

        In that case, the fraud was discovered. With an absentee ballot, you can know, and if someone was caught in the act, you could also know. Virtually all of the fraud cases discovered were in support of that one, in any case.

  • Doug Hess

    The couple is not named. It says so in the article.

  • LadyGreenEyes

    If the forms leave their office blank and unmarked, who checked the couple as “democrat”?

    • Guest

      Perhaps they or somebody else did and they forgot. Or perhaps it was marked by somebody wanting to see a news story run just like this. Or maybe somebody crazy at the mailing center thought this was cute or wanted to get the organization in trouble. Who knows. If the reporter wanted a real story they would have waited to see if this was a pattern. People keep saying it is, but NOBODY reports more cases of this. It’s like people who tell you UFOs exist. Look, this is a crazy way to commit fraud; nobody could hope to really make this a significant effort. Moreover, the penalties are such that who would risk it? The extreme paranoia of imagined fraud is damaging to our elections. Millions have been spent looking for fraud and VERY few cases have been found. (Yes, more could exist that has been found just as there could be a monster living under your bed…”there could be something” is not an argument to believe in something that has been explored repeatedly, has hefty penalties in place, and wouldn’t work given the risks.)

      • LadyGreenEyes

        That’s an awful lot of “what if’s”. This sort of thing happens all the time. The article states plainly that they are not sure if this is happening as a pattern or not, and printing the article would make it possible for those that might have seen it and said nothing to come forward. Printing the story gains exposure, so that if there is a widespread problem, it is being exposed.

        There are patterns of fraud that are known. Voting machines in many places changed the votes of people. Many people voted several times. Dead people “voted”. Illegals have voted. Overseas ballots, for military people and their families, have been delayed or “lost”. With all of that known, it’s not a stretch to believe this indicates a new pattern and method of fraud as well.

        You state that “very few” cases have been found, but that is simply NOT true. TONS of cases have been found. before a HD crash, I had a LOT of links to stories on such cases bookmarked. You can, though, look these up. Try WND archives, for starters. In many cases, the people committing the fraud aren’t even prosecuted by the Injustice Department. They protect their own.

  • Comrade J

    Considering the scale of voter fraud perpetuated by the Neo-Fascist D party, this is , unfortunately, really tame in comparison:

    765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in N.C. and the other state in the 2012 general election.

    35,750 voters with the same first and last name and DOB were registered in N.C. and another state and voted in both states in the 2012 general election.

    155,692 voters with the same first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in N.C. and another state – and the latest date of registration or voter activity did not take place within N.C.

    http://philberger.com/news/entry/tillis-berger-issue-joint-statement-on-newly-discovered-alarming-evidence-of-voter-error-and-fraud