SACRAMENTO — Legislation intended to clean up voter rolls and minimize potential for voter fraud — all while protecting personal privacy — has been introduced by Assemblyman Dave Kelley.
Kelley, who represents the Imperial Valley, introduced the legislation, Assembly Bill 943, at the behest of California Secretary of State Bill Jones, according to Kelley spokesman Bob Ham.
Ham said Jones' goal is to clean up voter registration rolls and make the rolls verifiable without violating anyone's privacy.
Some of the requirements under the pending legislation would require county election officials to cancel voter registration through the use of official death notices, responses to prospective jury questionnaires, changes of address, notification from the court systems of felony convictions, stricter residency confirmation procedures, if notified of a voter's mental incompetence, upon court order.
The bill allows election officials to use obituaries published in newspapers.
Under the legislation, those officials responsible for maintaining certain information would be required to notify their respective elections department of the above information. For example, the county jury commissioner would be required to notify the county elections department of those individuals who return a prospective juror questionnaire that say the individual is not a U.S. citizen; therefore ineligible to vote.