Voter fraud bill introduced |

Voter fraud bill introduced

Assemblyman Rick Keene, R-Chico, introduced a bill this week meant to help prevent election fraud and ensure accurate vote counts for fair elections. The legislation, AB 1006, calls for all voters to show identification and proof of residency at the polls.

“Californians have a right to a fair and honest democratic process. Recent close elections in California and in other states emphasize the need for accurate elections,” Keene said.

In the past 10 years, four different state Assembly races were decided by less than 300 votes, while 86 votes determined a winner in a 1996 state Senate race. Reports of ballots cast in the name of dead people, by felons, or by illegal immigrants disenfranchise those who responsibly participate in the electoral process, reads a press release Thursday.

AB 1006 requires voters to present identification and proof of residency to a poll worker before receiving a ballot. For identification, a California driver’s license or identification card, military identification, or a birth or citizenship certificate would be acceptable. For proof of residency, a voter could show items such as a bank statement or utility bill.

AB 1006 will be heard in the Elections and Reapportionment Committee.

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