In 2016 CA passed a law letting anyone walk into an elections office and hand over truckloads of vote-by-mail envelopes with ballots inside -- no questions asked. According to reports, 250,000 such ballots were used in Orange County alone, resulting in a Democratic sweep there.
“We beat Republicans on the ground, fair and square,” said Katie Merrill, a Democratic consultant deeply involved in November campaigns. “Many of the field plans included (ballot harvesting) as an option to deliver voters or their ballots” to the polls.
Those efforts involved identifying voters who might support Democratic candidates and ignoring those who wouldn’t.
In one Orange County household, for example, both the husband and wife were longtime Republicans, said Dale Neugebauer, a veteran Republican consultant. Democratic volunteers came by the house four times, each time asking to speak only with their 18-year-old daughter, a no-party-preference voter, and asking if she wanted them to pick up her signed and completed ballot.
That’s a perfect example of the “thorough and disciplined” ground game the Democrats used, said Merrill.
“We were not wasting time talking to people who weren’t going to vote for Democrats,” she said.
Speaker Paul Ryan is completely clueless about this. Ryan said he didn't get "ballot harvesting." It was something CA legalized in 2016. Democrats ran with it, GOP didn't, GOP lost more than half its CA House seats.