This California Assembly bill would require voters to provide photographic identification at polling places in order to receive a ballot. Voters who cannot provide photographic identification would be issued a provisional ballot, but this provisional ballot would not be counted unless the voter presents photographic identification to the elections official.
The ACLU notes that the type of voter fraud which proponents of voter ID laws seek to solve is exceedingly rare, with only 31 credible allegations of voter impersonation having been found since the year 2000—a period in which over a billion votes were cast. Additionally, voter ID laws disproportionately keep minority and low-income voters from voting, and tend to be enforced in discriminatory ways.
Introduced into the California Assembly on February 16, 2017. Referred to the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting.
The Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting voted 5-1 not to pass the bill on April 26, 2017. Matthew Harper (R-74) was the sole vote in favor. At this time, this bill is no longer active.
Assembly Elections & Redistricting Committee Members:
- Marc Berman, Berman (D-24)
- Matthew Harper, Vice-Chair (R-74)
- Ian C. Calderon (D-57)
- Jordan Cunningham (R-35)
- Evan Low (D-28)
- Kevin Mullin (D-22)
- Shirley N. Weber (D-79)
Call script for Assembly Elections & Redistricting Committee members:
"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm a constituent in _____ (city). My zip code is _____. I'm calling to ask _____ (Assembly member's name) to please vote no on AB-985 in the Elections & Redistricting Committee hearing. Voter ID laws are heavily discriminatory against minorities and the poor, and multiple studies have failed to find any evidence that voter impersonation even occurs. Protecting people's right to vote is of the utmost importance, so please vote against this bill. Thank you."