5 questions for CA Secretary of State Candidate Mark P. Meuser

by Tom Del Beccaro

PV’s Exclusive Newsmaker Interview: Mark P. Meuser

Question No. 1. Why are you running for Secretary of State?

Mark P. Meuser: The Secretary of State is the chief election officer for the state of California. According to the Pew Research Center, California elections are the second worst in the nation. California does not do a great job when we compare ourselves with other states.

The Secretary of State is also the initial government entity that every entrepreneur must interact with before doing business in the state of California. Even with modern technology, it takes close to three weeks to register a business in this state. It takes three weeks here when someone can register their business in Nevada in just a couple of minutes. No wonder why California’s registration process is ranked one of the worst in this nation.

The shine for the star of California has lost its luster. No longer are we a national leader. We have lost the respect of our fellow states. It is time to use technology to give Californians a responsive government.

Question No. 2.  What would be your priorities as Secretary of State if you won?

Mark P. Meuser: As Secretary of State, my number one priority would be to clean up the California voter rolls. The fact that there are 11 counties in California with over 100% voter registration is a major problem. The fact that Los Angeles County has over 144% voter registration should be a concern to all citizens. That is a problem because balloting material costs taxpayers approximately $4 per person. It is good government to keep the rolls cleared of those who have died, moved, have a non-matching address, or who are not eligible to vote.

Furthermore, when the Secretary of State does not ensure that the counties are cleaning the rolls, it creates an opportunity for special interests to dictate the results of close elections. Just last year, at least 215 people voted in Los Angeles county who were dead according to a CBS investigation. When dead people are not removed from the rolls, it creates an opportunity for someone else to dilute California citizen’s vote. Cleaning the rolls simply requires comparing the names on the list with various government and commercial databases. With today’s computers, there is no excuse for failing to keep the voter rolls cleared of those who have died, moved, have non-matching addresses, or who are not eligible to vote.

Question No. 3.   Many believe that voter fraud exists in California.  Do you? And what would you do about it if elected?

Mark P. Meuser: As an attorney, I have had the opportunity to observe many elections. Most of our election officials desire to run clean and honest elections. They are concerned with only one thing, ensuring that those who are eligible to vote vote, and that their vote is counted. Problems arise because there is a lot of power and money associated with elected office. Ever since the first election, people have found ways to game the system in order to gain an unfair advantage on their opponent.

In 1852, there was a special election for a state assembly race in Contra Costa county. At the end of the day, it was discovered that there were many people who had come over from San Francisco on the ferry who cast ballots up to seven times in various precincts. People like to laugh at our nation’s wild past and think that this type of behavior did not or does not occur. Yes, people crossed into Kansas from Missouri and voted, but that happened over 100 years ago. However, the sad reality is that it still happens today.

We have recently discovered that a Mexican citizen has been voting for the last 25 years for a dead man. I have met multiple individuals who have showed up at the polls only to be told that someone showed up at the polls earlier in the day and fraudulently voted on their behalf. I have talked to election workers who in 2016 saw a bus pull up in front of their polling station and witnessed every person on the bus voting for individuals who had not yet voted that day. The age of the people on the bus clearly did not match the age of those for whom they were voting.

Even one fraudulent vote is too many. One fraudulent vote dilutes the California voter’s voice and gives power to those who are more concerned with obtaining power. As Secretary of State, I intend to prosecute election law violations. It is my plan to give justice to those who have had their vote stolen. Election fraud is not a victimless crime.

Question No. 4.   Many believe that voter rolls in California are being kept up to date in accordance with California law.  Do you? And what would you do about it if elected?

Mark P. Meuser: California voter rolls are not up to date. When journalists are able to discover over 200 dead people who voted in the last election, people who have been dead for decades, it is clear that the Secretary of State has been dropping the ball when it comes to keeping our voting rolls clean.

Furthermore, the state of California has over 10,000 people whose date of birth is in the 1800s. What is scary is that many of these “people” are still voting. The Secretary of State has the power to investigate this issue. Is this a typo and simply bad data? Or, is this a fictitious registration that special interest has been using to help ensure that they control who is elected in very close elections?

As Secretary of State, I will clean up California voter rolls. I will also investigate, audit, and start prosecutions of those who have committed a felony by violating California’s election laws by voting on behalf of another person.

Question No.  5. Do you believe the office has become politicized today?  If so, how? and what would you do about it?

Mark P. Meuser: The Secretary of State has politicized the office in multiple ways. First, the games that he is playing with the recall efforts of Senator Josh Newman are appalling. The Secretary of State is moving the goalposts on the voters of California by changing the rules that they must follow in order to exercise their right to keep their representatives accountable.

The Secretary of State has also politicized the office when it comes to the petition process. The Secretary of State exercises great scrutiny upon the signatures of the voters of the state when they petition their government by signing a petition. The Secretary of State is very quick to throw out signatures that do not perfectly match. However, at the same time, when it comes to checking the signatures of those who are voting, the same standard is not used.

As Secretary of State, it is my plan to fairly enforce the election laws regardless of which side it will benefit. The people of California would not tolerate it if a county sheriff was to issue speeding tickets to Republicans who were driving 1 mile over the speed limit but only issue a speeding ticket to a Democrat if they were driving 30 miles over the speed limit. In the same way, it is important that all election laws be fairly and impartially be enforced. The counting of one’s ballot should not be a partisan issue.

Connect with Mark P. Meuser at the sites below.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/markpmeuser/

Website: www.markmeuser.com

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Kelvin Love 12/07/2017 - 3:21 PM

Great Interview. We need to clean things up here in CA

Robert Fulton 12/11/2017 - 9:12 PM

Respectfully, your replies do not demonstrate an adequate understanding of the problems inherent in the extant California election system. Fraud is among the problems but not the only one or the biggest one. Corruption, voting system bias towards experience rather than quality, lack of election officials’ training, no voter photo identification, registration rules that make no sense and encourage vote irregularities and in some cases fraud, and a “certified” Vote Cal system that, among other deficiencies, is said unable to report votes cast by the same voter in two counties or states.
To be successful, it will be essential you understand state and federal elections law and be advised by a legal team capable of acting with dispatch when a problem arises. Once the ballot goes into the box it’s all over.
I am a supporter and wish you the best. Be aware you are up against an opposition that has elected progressive opportunists in virtually every political office in California. Don’t you wonder why and even more so, how? These scoundrels have, in turn, hired administrative personnel of like stripe….hopefully, you will have a few big donors prepared to back your efforts. Expect no support from the media.
You are in for a very long and hard fight. May you prevail….
Merry Christmas!

Paulette McWalters 12/17/2017 - 8:00 PM

Hi Mark, have you looked into voter tracking such as the way UPS or Fed EX tracks a package and if that is possible to do on our votes to ensure that our votes are being counted correctly? I know it will be difficult to ensure those who are not supposed to vote don’t vote and that is why we need Voter ID or Picture ID to vote that matches addresses in the voting precinct. But it is also a problem on election night everywhere when the media calls elections BEFORE there has often been a complete count of ballots or in some cases a recount. Voter ballot tracking would help a lot with that, like a bar code or the way UPS or FED Ex track packages – not the way our current US mail does. How many ballots never make it because of delays in mail or slowness to get to the elections office? Thanks.

Paulette McWalters 12/27/2017 - 7:31 PM

Thank you for stepping up to run for office in this often hateful, obstructionist environment. I agree in part with what Robert said, that you will have little support from the media and may be fighting an upward battle of overwhelming corruption in this state. Liberals will not take losing their authority lightly. However, most of the public are really not political and just want results. I would advise to seek endorsement from President Trump as early as possible. Most will vote out incumbents, vote out democrats but his support could be a +. He needs a strong CA or CA will get to the point of an albatross and more and more of us are moving out… We are hanging in there with 3 grandkids it is too hard to leave but if things don’t improve it will be massive family networks at a time…

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