Reform California believes that every eligible voter should vote — and every LEGAL vote should count.
Unfortunately, California’s voter registration laws and practices allow for registration of individuals who are not eligible to vote. Worse, state and local politicians have refused to examine the potential that illegal votes are cast in each election.
Audit the Voter Rolls – County By County
Under state law, each county administers its own elections in accordance with federal, state, and local laws. Each county hires a Registrar of Voters who has the duty and power to examine the legality of individual voter registrations – and has the duty and power to maintain clean and accurate voter registration rolls.
It’s time to audit how good a job each individual county Registrar of Voters is doing.
Reform California has campaigns underway in twelve counties statewide where we have the best chance of convincing each county’s elected Board of Supervisors to order an independent audit of its voter rolls.
Each audit would examine conduct a random sample of voters and explore at least three issues for each voter registration examined:
- Eligibility of Registered Voters: is the voter eligible to vote – for instance, a legal U.S. citizen? Does the person reside in the district in which they are registered to vote?
- Verification of Voter Submission: if the registration is associated with a ballot cast in the last election, does the voter confirm that they indeed voted?
- Problematic Registrations: is a person registered multiple times under different names? Are deceased people still on the rolls?
To get these audits underway, we need convince just a simple majority (3 members) of the Board of Supervisors to vote to initiate the audit. Help us pressure these local politicians to do the audit – or face the consequences in their next election – by signing and distributing the petition below.
File a Federal Voting Rights Lawsuit
Based on the results of audits in just a handful of California counties, the evidence will likely be overwhelming that major problems exist in how the state registers individuals to vote, verifies eligibility, and distributes ballots. This evidence will form the basis of a federal voting rights lawsuit whereby Reform California and our coalition partners will seek a federal court order to impose stronger internal controls and safeguards on the voting process.