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Bill Would Allow Non-Citizens to Work as California Poll Workers

  
If you’re not a citizen, should you be allowed to participate in the electoral process? A majority of the California legislature thinks you should. A bill authored by Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta would allow permanent residents of California, who are not citizens and cannot vote, to volunteer as poll workers. Bonta says non-English speaking voters would benefit.

“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. 

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Katie Orr

State Government Reporter

Katie Orr covers everything from the Governor to state agencies. She received her Masters in Political Science from San Diego State University. In her spare time Katie enjoys wine tasting and shopping, though she tries not to combine the two.   Read Full Bio