Democratic Sweep of GOP-Held House Seats in CA Sparks Suspicion by Some Republicans

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People cast their ballots in voting booths at the 2nd Street Elementary School in Boyle Heights on Nov. 6, 2018, as Americans across the country cast their votes for the midterm elections. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

People cast their ballots in voting booths at the 2nd Street Elementary School in Boyle Heights on Nov. 6, 2018, as Americans across the country cast their votes for the midterm elections. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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A combination of recent changes in California’s election rules have lengthened the ballot-counting process and, some Republicans believe, disadvantaged their party.

A stunning 5 million ballots — more than 40 percent of the overall total — were counted after Nov. 6. In many places, Democrats got a significantly larger portion of the late votes than those counted on Election Day.

Those later votes helped Democrats capture a string of GOP-held U.S. House seats.

The Democratic legislature approved changes allowing any mail-in ballot postmarked by Election Day to be counted up to three business days later.

Another provision allows voters to let anyone drop off their absentee ballots, rather than a family member as previously required. That has opened the door to so-called “ballot harvesting” by campaign operatives.

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