How will California’s AB131 affect you?
This Bill introduced and heard June 4, 2013 in the State Capitol by the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments. It passed committee and now heads to the Senate Floor for a vote. The date has not yet been decided. If it is passed by the Senate, then it goes to Governor Brown for signature. The probable fate of AB131 is predictable given that the committee moving it forward was made up of 5 Democrats and one Republican. The California legislature is predominantly Democrat as is Governor Brown.
California election laws do NOT require any proof of citizenship to register to vote; only executed under penalty of perjury. Further, no one checks, unless there is a complaint, and then the process of following the complaint is lengthy and bureaucratic.
AB131 would provide that the affiant’s failure to furnish his or her place of birth shall not preclude his or her affidavit of registration from being deemed complete.
Additionally; if no middle name or initial is shown, it shall be presumed that none exists. If no party preference is shown, it shall be presumed that the affiant has declined to disclose a party preference. If no execution date is shown, it is presumed that the affidavit was executed on or the 15th day prior to the election, and it is received or postmarked on or before the 15th day prior by the election. AND, the failure to furnish his or her place of birth shall not preclude his or her affidavit of registration from being deemed complete.
Bottom line (in short) – citizenship is not validated and place of birth is not required.
If this information is left blank, how will the Secretary of State determine duplicate registrations once `the California Voters Base is completed in 2016 or whenever?
The right to cast on honest vote should not be based on presumptions, but real justifiable facts – thus your vote can be lost or compromised by a gradual compromised election system.