“We have a shortage of multi-lingual poll workers in the State of California. It’s a fact," he said. "We will have a greater shortage going forward as our demographics continue to change and shift. And there must be language access for voters at the polls. And that’s what this bill provides.”
Supporters point out there would be limits on how many permanent residents could volunteer and what their duties would include.
Critics say non-citizens should not be involved in the voting process. And they doubt whether permanent residents would help with language barriers since they are not allowed to actually help people vote.