Hearing Set on California Bill to Outlaw Paying Voter Registration Workers on a Per-Card Basis

On Tuesday, June 19, at 1:30 p.m., the California Senate Elections Committee will hear AB 2058, which makes it illegal to pay registration drive workers on a per-registration card basis. The author is Assemblyman Richard Pan (D-Sacramento). The hearing is in Room 3191.

Under current law, the only method for a party to remain ballot-qualified is for it to increase its registration to over 100,000 members. AB 2058 would make it significantly more difficult for parties to increase their registration. In 2011, an identical bill, SB 205, passed the legislature but was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown.

The same Committee will hear AB 2410, which would bar anyone from running for any elective office if that person, during the past twenty years, has been convicted of a felony involving bribery, embezzlement, or theft of public money. The bill makes no exception for federal office, and therefore violates the U.S. Constitution. States are not permitted to add to the qualifications for federal office.

4 comments

  1. o rly? · · Reply

    Any reason to expect that it won’t get vetoed again or that there are enough votes to override a veto this time?

  2. Richard Winger · · Reply

    Democrats in the California legislature are sufficiently loyal to Governor Brown that they never override his vetoes.

  3. Has Brown indicated whether he would vet it again or not?

  4. Richard Winger · · Reply

    #3, no. He won’t pay any attention to it unless and until it passes. He and most legislative leaders are focused on the budget.

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