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Unbelievable: California Legislature Pressing to Allow Non-Citizens to Work the Polls in California! Help Californians Press Back!!
AB 817 is headed to the desk of California Governor Jerry Brown for signing - and you need to know about it. Simply put, the bill would offer financial incentives to non-citizens to work in Golden State polling locations as interpreters and assistants. That's right - individuals with no sworn allegiance to the United States would be paid to execute American elections. YOU can do something about this. Our friends at the California Election Integrity Project have organized a petition to Gov. Brown to reject this proposal. As of today, they have received signatures from 33 states across the country. Lend your voice to this effort today!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Linda Paine
July 29, 2013 661-313-5251
Keep California Elections in the Hands of California CITIZENS!
The California State legislature will likely soon submit a finalized version of AB 817 to Governor Brown for his signature. The State Senate passed the bill and sent it back to the Assembly on July 8th. When the Legislature reconvenes on August 5th, the bill (AB 817) will begin the final legislative processes. If the Assembly passes the bill, it will be sent to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature unless the Election Integrity Project and the citizens of California can convince the members of the Assembly that this reckless bill is not supported by their constituents.
AB 817 will allow non-citizens to serve as Poll Workers and be paid with taxpayer dollars in California elections! This bill would authorize persons who have sworn no allegiance to California or the United States to participate in the election process (including processing and handling ballots), which inherently threatens the integrity of each and every vote.
President of the Election Integrity Project, Linda Paine, points out that “taking the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America in the formal naturalization process requires prospective citizens to swear allegiance to the United States of America and to support and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America. Non-citizens have not taken this oath, so should not be permitted to participate in the process used by US citizens to elect their government representatives and manage governmental affairs.”
Education Director of the Election Integrity Project, Ruth Weiss, states, “While we recognize that many polling places require workers who can act as interpreters, the proponents of this bill would be hard pressed to show that there are not enough bilingual naturalized and native citizens to fill any ‘other-than-English’ language needs at the polls.”
Because representatives elected by Californians participate in legislative decisions that affect the lives of all Americans, the Election Integrity Project, a nonpartisan citizen organization, is inviting citizens of ALL states to join Californians in demanding that Governor Brown veto the bill should it arrive on his desk.
Please sign the petition to let Governor Brown know that you are watching and that you do not appreciate this attempt to allow non-citizens to work as poll workers. Tell him California elections must stay in the hands of California CITIZENS!
The petition may be found at www.electionintegrityproject.com
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