California suspends a critical method to prevent voter fraud!

Election Integrity ProjectPress release, from Election Integrity project

EIP and its supporters nationwide have been reeling from Governor Brown’s recent signing of a bill that allows non-citizens to serve as elections workers, despite our best efforts to kill this unconstitutional bill.

Now, EIP has learned that further assaults on fair and honest elections in our state are hidden in the Governor’s latest budget, which he signed June 27.

The main budget bill, AB 110, suspends nine elections-related mandates for 2013 and 2014, a critical election year. Most concerning is the suspension of the requirement that signatures on provisional ballot envelopes be compared against the voter’s registration signature to determine voter eligibility before the enclosed ballot is counted. To quote California’s own Secretary of State, this suspension removes “a critical method to prevent voter fraud.” Adding insult to injury, two 2014 SOS candidates (Leland Yee and Alex Padilla) actually voted in support of this suspension.

County registrars must still verify that a provisional voter has not already voted in the election. However, county officials now have the option to bypass the long-standing, common sense practice of verifying provisional ballot signatures to validate that the voters are legitimate.

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above: Shannon Grove CA Assembly Member at EIP Rally

California is the land of provisional ballots, which are now an open invitation for fraud!

Provisional voting is increasing in California, partly due to the indiscriminate and illegal issuance of these ballots to “anyone” who wants to vote. According to the PEW Charitable Trusts research, Californians cast 1,065,156 provisional ballots on November 6, 2012. This was 7.4% of all California votes cast, making it the #2 provisional-voting state. In that election, California’s provisional ballots accounted for almost 40% of the entire nation’s reported provisional votes! Yet Governor Brown enables fraudsters by removing the critical validation step which helps ensure that these 1+ million votes are lawfully cast and counted.

EIP and election observers nationwide have had long-held concerns about the use of provisional ballots to commit voter fraud. Cancelling signature verification for these ballots will further open the door to unlawful voting. Provisional ballots can make a difference in close elections and many CA races are decided with small vote margins (for example, the Mayor of Cathedral City, CA won by just 13 votes on Nov. 6, 2012).

You can help fight the continuing assault on California election integrity!

EIP plans to poll each and every county Registrar of Voters to determine if they plan to suspend this important voter protection or if they will stand up for election integrity. We will put public pressure on those that refuse. But we need your supportPlease consider donating to EIP today so that we can continue to inform you and continue to fight the ongoing assault on California’s lawful voters!

Debra Bowen Memo

California 2012 Election Snapshot
2012 Election Administration and Voting Survey (tables 28, 34 and discussion)
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Linda Paine
President and Co-founder
Election Integrity Project

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