McMansions & McDonalds

January 16, 2019

Washington, DC

It’s almost surreal.

As Americans are suffering under the longest and worst shutdown in our history, our “leader” is serving up cheap fast food on gold platters while blocking all attempts to strike a deal that ends this nightmare. By now you’ve probably seen the picture, and if it isn’t a metaphor for everything wrong in this country, I don’t know what is.

As a student of history, I think the history books will be clear on this: this was Trump’s “Let them eat cake” moment–surrounded by gold while federal workers are instructed to report to work without pay, to barter services for rent payment, and to seek out babysitting gigs to try to pay the bills.

Gold-covered mansions for the wealthy and McDonalds for the rest of us.

Is THIS making America great again? Are we winning yet?

I’m a no excuses kind of guy. I started from nothing and have worked hard to create a decent life for my family, and I want very much to live in a world where that opportunity and success is open to all. As time goes on, though, I see too many places where the system is rigged in favor of corporate-interests and billionaires, and the American Dream is falling like sand through our finger tips.

I see our voting machines filled with secret proprietary software we can’t even properly audit. I see voter purging disenfranchising larger & larger numbers of voters every year. I see campaign finance laws stack the decks for a handful of candidates who will do the bidding of special interests. And that’s just on the election side of things!

We have SO MUCH work to do to restore the dream of our forefathers. I’ve been vocal about the problems in our elections because I believe our work starts here. How can we get people elected who will be serious about fixing our problems when we can’t even guarantee that our elections are secure or fair?

I’ve put a lot on the line to speak out on this stuff. I’ve faced assaults on my business, personal attacks, and even threats to my family while investing my own time and money, all with the singular hope of raising awareness and creating real change. #MajorChange

But it’s not about me. I won’t be deterred or scared away from telling the truth because this is too important.

If your household and family are impacted as mine have been by the shutdown, please know that I am with you in wanting to end it as quickly as possible for the safety and well-being of all those involved.

Ruben Major

Former Candidate for Secretary of State
“Make a Major Change”

Protect Our Voter Registration Rolls

June 10, 2018

Los Angeles, CA

Click Here to Add Your Name to the Petition

TO: DEAN LOGAN, LOS ANGELES COUNTY REGISTRAR OF VOTERS

FROM: RUBEN MAJOR AND CONCERNED PARTIES

More than 100,000 people in over 1,500 precincts in Los Angeles County were removed from voter registration rolls at the polls due to a glitch. However, there have yet to be satisfactory reasons or reporting as to why this problem occurred in the first place.

It is obvious that many components of our election systems have not been adequately protected. The 2016 Election saw a number of issues with voter registration rolls throughout the country. This is likely to continue in the future, well into the next election cycle. We must demand that this issue be addressed immediately and our movement needs your support in this process.

If accountability in our voting systems is important to you, please take action by signing this petition. And together, let’s demand that our elected officials protect our voter registration rolls from further “glitches.”

Best, &c,

Ruben Major, EMT-Paramedic, J.D., M.A.
Candidate for Secretary of State
“Running with Ruben for Major Change”

Join Ruben and Ron Placone for an Interview Regarding the Campaign for Secretary of State in California

March 31, 2018

Pasadena, CA

Ron Placone interviews Ruben Major, Candidate for California Secretary of State where the two discuss the recent ACLU lawsuits against the current Secretary of state, net neutrality, and other election systems issues. Ruben is not taking corporate donations and relies on grassroots support and funding for his campaign.

Team Major

“Run With Ruben for Major Change”

Catch Ruben’s Interview on KVMR Radio in Nevada City

May 30, 2018

Nevada City, CA

Jeanine Keltner interviews Ruben Major, Secretary of State Candidate on KVMR Radio on how the topic of paper ballots, faulty election equipment, and improper voting procedures across the country (including in California) impacted the 2016 election and how important it is that we restore confidence in our voting systems through concrete action rather than denial. Ruben also discusses the importance of publicly owned election systems and how the vote counting process should be neutral, where the officeholder should withhold endorsements as the Secretary of State is so heavily involved in election systems management.

 

Team Major

“Run With Ruben for Major Change”

Secretary Padilla Fights to Trash Thousands of Vote by Mail Ballots in Upcoming Primary

Despite losing in court to the ACLU, Secretary Padilla continues to argue that throwing out vote-by-mail ballots without notifying voters is an acceptable practice. It is important to note that Padilla is facing another lawsuit by the ACLU filed just a few weeks ago.

 

Is this the kind of behavior we would expect from a “Champion of Voting Rights?”

Certainly not!

If you’ve voted – or are planning to vote – with a mail-in ballot, you still can not rely on your vote being counted.

That’s because county election officials may decide to throw out your ballot and not tell you about it—with the full approval from the current Secretary of State.

In March we told you about a court case against Secretary of State Alex Padilla that revealed as many as 45,000 mail-in ballots cast in the Nov. 2016 election were discarded by election officials because, in the opinion of those officials, the signature on the envelope did not match the signature on file in the voter registration system. Those voters were never notified that their ballot had been trashed and not given a chance to correct the issue.

 

In fact, California law says that you only have until Election Day to correct any signature problems. And Padilla isn’t interested in rectifying this practice until AFTER the primary, despite a Court Order asking him to comply beforehand.

The judge in the case commented that it was possible some people’s ballots had been getting tossed for years. For this reason, among many others, the judge ruled the process unconstitutional and ordered Secretary Padilla to – at the very least – work out a system where voters would be notified if there was a question about the signature on their mail-in ballot envelope.

But Padilla has now appealed that ruling, and as a result the ruling has been stayed, and not gone into effect. Some of the arguments used to justify the practice are downright undemocratic. Read the arguments Padilla uses to justify vote-by-mail voter suppression below:

Thus your mail-in ballot is still in danger of being tossed without you knowing it. And the appeal will not be heard until AFTER the June 5 primary. There is a slight, but unlikely chance the judge will lift the stay.

Read the ACLU’s argument against continuing the vote removal process:

Because of Secretary Padilla’s insistence on fighting the court ruling, your only way to check that your vote will be counted is to verify the status of your mail-in ballot. You can do that by calling your county elections office, or by checking at https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/#mainCont.

This action is one of several on the part of the incumbent Secretary of State to suppress the vote. While he continues to tout his plan of enrolling more voters, he not only continues to allow mail-in ballots to be tossed, he is closing polling stations and preventing those who need assistance at polling locations from receiving the help required by law. And we’ve recently learned there’s a serious bug in his motor voter system resulting in some voters being enrolled twice, with one enrollment designating them in their choice of political party and the other enrollment making them no-party preference voters – which could result in another mess during the 2020 Presidential primaries. In some cases this new system is sending multiple mail-in ballots to the same person.

I’m running for Secretary of State to ensure your mail-in ballot counts. I will fight for due process notification, such as a letter, email, phone call, etc… and an opportunity to correct any issues resulting in ballots which might be thrown away as well as a two-week period where voters can make such a correction. We need to put a stop to all of this nonsense and bring security and integrity to our voting system; that means paper ballots and 100% audit of those ballots at the polling places, secure election systems, protected and accurate lists, open-source software and publicly owned election machines.

Secretary Padilla and his legal team are fighting tooth and nail to suppress the vote here. Some of the procedures Padilla is using to administer California’s vote-by-mail process are unconstitutional. Our best hope are informed voters who want to stop such disenfranchisement from occurring in the future.

Please vote for me in the June 5 primary so we can get these problems resolved. Encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.

Tell them you’re Running with Ruben for Major Change, and they should, too!

Thank you for your support!

Ruben Major
Candidate for Secretary of State
“Run with Ruben for Major Change”

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Wow! So honored!

May 25, 2018

Oceanside, CA

I’m thrilled to announce that our community support is skyrocketing, and we have SEVEN new endorsements to share! What a week!

SGV Progressive Alliance, Resistance SF, Democrats of Pasadena Foothills, Justice Party of California, Mira Costa College Democrats, Revolution LA, and San Leandro Talk have all decided to endorse Ruben Major as their candidate of choice for California Secretary of State!

We’ve taken our progressive message about real election integrity, getting corporate hands off of our votes, and 100% PAPER BALLOTS directly to the people and they are responding!

With continued support and our fantastic team of volunteers and activists, this month we’ve shattered our previous website and social media records, engaged with thousands of voters all across the state, and even helped to spread the word nationally about all of the things we must do to fix our elections.

Now is the time to turn that support into votes. For voters who have already voted, thank you! If you have not already voted and plan to vote by mail, remember the deadline to request a mail-in ballot is May 26. And if you plan to vote in person on June 5 here is a link to finding your local polling place: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place/#mainCont

Without election integrity, NONE of our chosen candidates can ever be guaranteed a fair election. Without transparency, we will never be sure that the will of the people is being heard. Without trust in the process, I’m afraid our democracy will be lost.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support! I couldn’t do this without each and every one of you!

Ruben Major
Candidate for Secretary of State
“Run With Ruben for Major Change”

The ACLU sues Secretary Padilla again

April 29, 2018

San Francisco, CA

It’s been less than two months since the ACLU’s victory against Secretary of State Alex Padilla in the case over voter disenfranchisement due to nearly 45,000 discarded mail-in ballots, but there is new cause for concern. Recently, current Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced a decision to reduce the number of precincts where language assistance services are available to voters.

In addition to the 45,000+ voters previously disenfranchised, according to a California court, the ACLU alleges a new violation of California state law which is likely to disenfranchise and deprive another 80,000+ Californians who are legally required to receive assistance per current California law from receiving language services to which they are entitled.

the ACLU alleges a violation of California state law which is likely to disenfranchise and deprive 80,000+ Californians who are legally required to receive assistance per current California law from receiving language services to which they are entitled. It is unimaginable to why the Secretary of State would choose to take such blatant action to suppress and disenfranchise the eligible voters in this state. The ACLU indicated in its briefing that this decision affects those who speak over 34 languages, including Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, and Russian.

Why is the Secretary of State DENYING language assistance to so many voters, especially when such assistance is REQUIRED BY LAW??

California deserves better than this. We deserve a Secretary of State who will follow the law, not invent new interpretations of it to disenfranchise and suppress voting. We deserve elections that are fair, legal rights to be protected, and votes to be counted securely and in a way that is transparent to the public. We deserve a Secretary of State we can trust.

Here is a copy of the filing:

I am an EMT, a business owner, a father and a husband. I have a degree in military history and a law degree, as well as training in counter-terrorism. Most importantly, I will not be corrupted by corporate donations. I’m running a grassroots campaign from many small contributions because I will answer to THE PEOPLE, not a handful of wealthy donors. I have travelled all over the state to spread the word to voters that another way is possible. Until we can be assured that our votes are protected and our elections secure, how can we expect to accomplish any of our other goals?

It takes YOUR voice to speak up against institutional discrimination and injustice. It takes YOUR voice to make a true difference in our democracy. We can WIN, but we must WIN TOGETHER!

Ruben Major, Candidate for Secretary of State

“Running with Ruben for Major Change”

Request to Audit the Voting System Denied

April 2, 2018

Sacramento, CA

Last week, our campaign sent a protest letter to the Secretary of State for their denial of our request to audit a portion of the voting system — a request which the office MUST officially approve. Read our response here:

 

With so many issues surrounding the security of our elections in recent years, it is critical for those in charge of our voting systems to ensure the highest degree of transparency and integrity. Unfortunately, this has not historically been the case and has really led to the current crisis of confidence in our Democracy. We have seen political motivations and aspirations held at higher regard than ensuring every vote counts. And when something goes wrong, those in charge are all-to-quick to say everything is operating perfectly.

However, we have already passed a point of no return with regard to our election infrastructure. No longer can anyone simply claim that everything is fine, but that is what keeps happening. We have seen a true lack of accountability from officials in this arena. Additionally, practices continue where there is a real attempt to hide information which might uncover the truth — and this is perhaps even more damaging to our Democracy.

This is why Mike Farb and our team have been working to gain a better understanding of not just what’s happening nationwide, but also within California. The goal of our analysis is to #unhackthevote. And when it comes to statistical analyses of our voter registration/election systems, Farb has produced content which has been used to push for nationwide reform to improve our democratic process. The idea being that transparency is required in order to restore confidence in our election systems. Voters deserve to know what is happening and also what will be done to secure our election systems as soon as possible. For this reason, we have been fighting for publicly owned election systems and 100% paper ballot audits.

In the 2016 election, many Californians faced long lines, problems with their voter registration, and confusing policies which prevented them from voting for their candidate of choice. Additionally, many voters had their mail-in ballots thrown out on the basis of signature related issues as I have written about previously. This is why I submitted a request to conduct an audit on a portion of our election systems in California.

Unfortunately, the Secretary of State’s office denied our request on the basis of us not having turned in their “newest” form.

(Denial Highlight)

 

(Full Denial Letter)

The problem?

The office created a NEW form on the SAME day they sent us the OLD form. This email details the date the old form was sent to our campaign email address.

(Email with Attached (Old) Form Sent January 24, 2018)

The form below is OLD and was attached to the email above from the Secretary of State’s office, demonstrating a clear intent to provide this form for applications for information requests.

(Old Form Last Revised November 7, 2017)

The NEW form, revised on the SAME DAY the OLD form was sent to our campaign demonstrates a clear problem since we were DENIED our request to retrieve information based upon sending in an OLD form. It thus appears that the form was either changed as a result of us making an inquiry or there is clear negligence in not letting us know about the new form. Either way, this demonstrates a problem with the administration of the Secretary of State’s office.

(See the Revision Date “1/24” – The Same Day the SOS Office Emailed Us the OLD Form)

View the full form below, revised on January 24, 2018:

(New Form Revised January 24, 2018)

Then our request was DENIED on the basis of not having turned in the NEW form.

These procedural tricks demonstrate a lack of transparency from those in charge of our governmental institutions and most importantly do nothing but fuel the fire of distrust and discord in our democratic process.

I am running to restore faith in our institutions and I believe in order to do this, we must conduct a full analysis of our voting systems from top to bottom as Debra Bowen did in 2007 in California. The people have a right to know what is happening with their election systems if fundamental and I intend to make this happen as your Secretary of State.

Big Endorsement News!

March 20, 2018

San Diego, CA

We are excited to announce that the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club and Our Revolution Long Beach have just endorsed Ruben Major for California Secretary of State.

The mission of the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club is “to create a more just society by advocating for issues and supporting candidates who advance progressive policies.” The club is working to create a government that works for and truly represents the people by getting dark money out of politics and supporting grassroots activism on issues such as human rights, social justice, and environmental protection.

Our Revolution is on a mission to “reclaim democracy for the working people of our country by harnessing the transformative energy of the “political revolution.'” The Long Beach chapter of the organization unites grassroots activists from Long Beach, South Bay, and Orange County, promoting progressive values and candidates.

These endorsements add to the growing list of supporters from progressive and grassroots organizations throughout the state and country. Major is running on a platform of securing our elections through publicly-owned open source software, paper ballots, and full precinct-level audits. He is in favor of getting dark money out of politics and is not accepting any corporate donations, relying only on individual donors and grassroots activism to spread his message of government transparency, improved cybersecurity, and accountability.

Team Major
“Running with Ruben for Major Change”