CA Senate Passes Bill Permitting Non-...

CA Senate Passes Bill Permitting Non-Citizen Poll Workers

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Vallejo, CA

#1 Jul 10, 2013
CA Senate Passes Bill Permitting Non-Citizen Poll Workers

On Monday, the Californian State Senate passed legislation AB817 that would allow non-citizens to help voters when they cast their ballots. Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda sponsored the bill, which would permit as many as five permanent residents who entered the U.S. legally to help voters at polling places.

Sen. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, who placed Bonta’s bill before the Senate, said that the non-citizens could help the 2.6 million Californians whose English skills are limited:“These individuals have the absolute right to make fully informed voting decisions on Election Day,” she said.

Almost 40 organizations have thrown their support behind AB817, including the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials. The measure was passed 22-10. All 22 ayes were Democrats; all 10 nays were Republicans. During the first Assembly vote in May, some Republicans said they were against the legislation because poll workers should be citizens. Now the bill goes back to the Assembly with the Senate’s changes.

Alameda, CA

#3 Jul 11, 2013
Yes indeed, I want to be assisted by non-citizens to cast my vote. I am not informed enough about the issues so I need to be educated, in my native tongue, by those who should not even be in a polling place and near a ballot.

How did 2.6 million limited English speakers pass the citizenship test when one requirement of receiving the honor is a speaking knowledge of the English language?....and since the now naturalized citizen had years to prepare and learn the English language so they can be informed of their civic duties like "voting" why are they dependent on non-citizen support at the polling place?

Lamont Hightower

Vacaville, CA

#4 Jul 11, 2013
I wish this Bonta clown would pass a bill that only allows TAX PAYING CITIZENS to be involved in the voting process. I give up!

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