Ric Grenell’s Fix California launched a statewide inspection of voter rolls from all 58 counties in July 2021, pushing back on voter integrity, as well as an effort to register conservative voters.
An alarming report from the Election Integrity Project California following the November 3, 2020 California election showed that the election was marred by significant voting and registration irregularities. The nonpartisan organization analyzed the official state voters list from February 9, 2021 and reported its findings to California Secretary of State Shirley Weber on June 17, 2021 – to no avail.
Grenell and his team at Fix California have launched their statewide legal investigation analyzing the current state of voter rolls statewide.
Specifically, Fix California researched and cross-referenced inactive registrations, canceled voter registrations, registrants who did not meet the citizenship requirements for registration, deceased registrants, persons who left the state, number of voter candidates providing ballot applications with either a blank affirmation of US citizenship or an affirmation of non-citizenship for 2016 to date, out-of-state address change applications.
Requests for public records allowed Fix CA to cross-check voter data with the California Secretary of State, Department of Motor Vehicles, US Department of Homeland Security, National Change Database address of the United States Postal Service, the California Attorney General, any superior court in California, County Health Systems, county and city attorneys’ offices, and county and city election departments.
This is a cross-check that should have been done from the start by the counties. And that has been Grenell’s concern: “Through our work on the data front, we are identifying key areas where there appear to be high concentrations of inaccurate or poorly maintained voter rolls.”
The results are starting to come in both for voter integrity and voter registration.
When founding Fix California just last year, Ric Grenell said he wanted to realign California, the bastion of liberalism, to a place where conservative ideas and policies have a fighting chance. After this year’s pilot program, where the organization invested high six figures in a statewide voter registration effort, he may be onto something. Fix California currently registers over 10,000 curators per month at a fraction of the cost of many other national organizations.
Fix California has spent 2021 investing in deep data analytics to:
(1) Identify the roles of California voters that were out of the data. The organization warned each county through an extensive legal effort to clean up their voter rolls.
(2) Identify a target list of unregistered custodians. All-in-one, Fix California has identified 1.4 million unregistered preservatives.
In 2022, Fix California conducted a two-phase pilot program in the months leading up to the primary elections in June and November to begin recording these goals.
In total, more than 50,000 residents targeted by Fix California were registered, averaging more than 10,000 registrations per month – ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
According to Grenell, these conservative recording efforts consisted of digital peer-to-peer engagement via SMS text messaging, email and digital advertising.
Fix California also organized engagement through telephone banking, with callers making more than 136,000 phone calls in total to get conservatives registered to vote ahead of the election. Volunteers were recruited at “Take Action” rallies hosted by Fix California in Southern and Northern California, where hundreds of attendees came to hear speeches from local conservative leaders, headlined by Ambassador Ric Grenell.
Since the rallies, more than 400 people have signed up to volunteer, and Fix CA has trained more than 100 of them to use the telephone banking system to call Conservatives and register them to vote.
While the RNC typically spends more than $45 per registration during voter registration efforts, Fix California spent less than $15 per registration in 2022.
Fix CA’s 2022 engagement targeted Contra Costa, Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties, deemed most important for this year .
Although Fix California is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, an independent review of data shows that the counties targeted by Fix California may have had major impacts on competitive federal and state elections. (Latest data is Friday 11/18/22. Voting/registration data not finalized).
- In Assembly District 7, Fix CA registered at least 1,037 new voters. Republican challenger Josh Hoover appears to have lost just 906 votes to Democratic incumbent Ken Cooley (D-Sacramento). This is a surprisingly close result.
- In Assembly District 47, Fix CA registered at least 1,847 voters. Republican Greg Wallis lost just 1,138 votes, Democrat Christy Holstege 83,352 votes and Wallis 83,284 votes. The current result is so close that the Secretary of State reports that the candidates are tied at 50% each.
- In Assembly District 40, Fix California registered 3,431 voters and Republican Congresswoman Suzette Martinez Valladares appears to have beaten Democrat Pilar Shiavo by about 1,850 votes.
“California is broken, but that’s only because conservatives have focused their attention and dollars elsewhere, while liberals have taken over,” Grenell said. “Fix California is bringing attention – and investment – back to where it belongs, right here in California. Californians want new direction, and we are finally seeing residents step down because we are providing solutions and an opportunity to make Our work has a huge impact, and if we can continue, we can fundamentally change the future of California by seeing conservative politics succeed in Sacramento.