Democrat Josh Harder, who is running against incumbent Republican Jeff Denham in California’s 10th congressional district, registered to vote in San Francisco in 2016, but did not vote twice.
In a letter provided by the Harder campaign to Breitbart News, Donna Linder, elections manager for the Stanislaus County registrar of voters, indicates that Harder had registered to vote in the Central Valley county in 2004, but his local registration was canceled in October 2016 when he registered in San Francisco.
It is not clear when Harder moved to San Francisco, but Linder said his re-registration was recorded as an “out of county move” in 2016.
Harder re-registered in Stanislaus County in April 2017, and is now running for the area’s congressional seat.
Documents obtained by Breitbart News indicate that Harder, 32, has only participated in three elections since registering to vote: the 2008 presidential primary, the 2016 presidential election, and a local election in 2017. He voted in San Francisco in the 2016 presidential election.
Another document from Stanislaus County suggested that Harder had participated in the 2016 election, even though he was registered to vote in San Francisco. However, that information apparently merely reflected the fact that he had voted, not that he had voted in the county, or voted twice — which he had not.
“There is a state process that only lets you register in one county,” Stanislaus County Clerk-Recorder Lee Lundrigan told Breitbart News.
The Denham campaign has taken to referring to Harder as “Bay Area” Harder, saying that he is not closely tied to the district. Harder points to the fact that he grew up in Turlock, though he has worked in Silicon Valley in venture capital.
The hard-fought 10th district race is considered too close to call. It is being targeted by Democrats as one of seven in California where Republicans hold congressional seats but where Hillary Clinton won more votes than Donald Trump in 2016.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.