On Wednesday, Gavin Newsom signed into law an act that would outlaw counting ballots by hand.
This bill was signed likely in response to a northwest California county deciding to end its contract with Dominion Voting machines and go instead to hand-tallied ballots.
Set to go into effect immediately, the law deals a blow to Shasta County's conservative-majority Board of Supervisors, which voted 3-2 in January to cancel its contract with Dominion amid a flurry of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about the company in the wake of the 2020 election, leaving it without a way to conduct elections for a time.
Voting with Dominion voting machines is so safe and secure that they're making it illegal to NOT use the machines.
This is sure to quell the "unsubstantiated conspiracy theories."
You know, like that voting machines can be hacked.
I mean, where could they get an idea like that?
What a bunch of conspiracy nuts!
"It's not just impractical to hand-count, but it harms the election process. It will cost more and slow down our election results significantly," Erin Mellon, the governor's communication director, said. "Unfounded conspiracy theories have undermined our elections. California is focused on ensuring free and fair elections."
So free! So fair!
Democrats are only concerned with free and fair elections, guys! Don't be a conspiracist.
That's why they won't let you count by hand the old-fashioned way!
Shasta County has already indicated they're not going to comply with Newsom's overreach.
But speaking with ABC News on Wednesday night, Shasta County Board of Supervisors President Patrick Jones said that the supervisors were still committed to implementing a hand count regardless of what the law says.
"We made this decision before the legislature acted," Jones said, adding that the board believes passing the law under an urgency statute that allows it to go into effect immediately violated the state's constitution.
"If they want to allow us to have local control, the way that we should, over our elections, that would be fine, and no lawsuits would be necessary," Jones said. "But if they try to stop us from hand counting, then there will be litigation."
Newsom is confident his law will stand up in court and isn't in the least worried about any legal challenges.
You will use their voting machines and you will like it.
It's only meant to keep elections "fair" and "free," after all!
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