Shasta County warns residents of possible voter intimidation

With California voters about six weeks away from the midterm elections, protecting voters and election workers is a priority in Shasta County as officials warn residents of possible voter intimidation. Shasta County Clerk and Registrar of Electors Cathy Darling Allen sent out a notice Monday alerting the public to potential voter intimidation in the county. status,” the press release read. The memo also explains that this activity violates California law and that local law enforcement has been notified. KCRA 3 spoke with Kim Alexander, president and founder of the California Voter Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving voting. process, on developments in Shasta County, election bans in California and a new state law that protects election workers. “I was really appalled to hear that people were suggesting in Shasta County that they were on staff at the office of elections,” Alexander said. . Alexander said that if something like this happens to you, you should report it immediately to the secretary of state or your county’s registrar of voters. because it is not acceptable and it should not be tolerated,” Alexander said. Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 1131 on Monday, and the main purpose of the new legislation is to protect election workers by giving them the ability to keep their home addresses confidential. This can be done either through the Secretary of State’s “Safe at Home” program or through the state’s Address Privacy Program for public officials. The bill, authored by State Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, and co-sponsored by the California Voter Foundation and Brennan Center for Justice, is intended to keep the personal information of these election officials private. personal information available online,” Alexander said. The bill also protects poll workers at polling sites. is no longer authorized by California law,” Alexander said. SB 1131 includes an emergency clause, so it takes effect immediately. That means the protections for California election officials and election workers are in place. for the November election. Election bans in California also violate ballot box rules, that is, when voters are influenced to choose a specific candidate or ballot measure. In California, all election campaigns and campaigning is prohibited within 100 feet of a voting site According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, here is what is not allowed within that 100 foot margin: Wearing clothing, buttons and stickers campaignsHolding signs, banners and literatureProjecting sounds referencing a candidate or issueCirculating petitions and soliciting signaturesAlexander said that this applies to campaign workers and voters who vote. She also said the consequences of breaking the rules are severe. “If you violate election laws in a willful way that interferes with people’s right to vote, it can be a federal offense. It can be a felony,” Alexander said.

With California voters about six weeks away from the midterm elections, protecting voters and election workers is a priority in Shasta County as officials warn residents of possible voter intimidation.

Shasta County Clerk and Registrar of Voters Cathy Darling Allen sent a notice Monday to inform the public of potential voter intimidation in the county.

“Reports have been received by the department that individuals are contacting voters at their homes and questioning their voter registration status,” the news release said.

The memo also explained that the activity violated California law and that local law enforcement had been notified.

KCRA 3 spoke with Kim Alexander, President and Founder of the California Voter Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the voting process, developments in Shasta County, California voter bans and a new state law that protects election workers.

“I was really appalled to hear people in Shasta County insinuating that they were on staff at the office of elections,” Alexander said.

The message to residents of Shasta County said county department of elections employees will never make personal visits to anyone’s home. Alexander said that if something like this happens to you, you should report it immediately to the secretary of state or your county’s registrar of voters.

“I hope law enforcement can help the elections office there to crack down on this kind of behavior because it’s not acceptable and it shouldn’t be tolerated,” Alexander said.

New Legislation to Protect Election Officials and Poll Workers

Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 1131 on Monday, and the main purpose of the new legislation is to protect election workers by giving them the ability to keep their home addresses confidential. This can be done either by Secretary of State’s “Safe at Home” Program or the state address privacy program for public officials.

The bill, authored by State Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, and co-sponsored by the California Voter Foundation and the Brennan Center for Justice, aims to protect the privacy of personal information of these election officials.

The goal is to “keep their personal information out of reach of potential doxers who may seek to harass or antagonize and intimidate them into making their personal information available online,” Alexander said.

The bill also protects poll workers at polling places.

“There’s a long-standing law that required counties to publicly post the names of election officials on polling sites and on their websites, and that’s no longer allowed under California law,” Alexander said.

SB 1131 includes an emergency clause, so it takes effect immediately. This means the protections for California election officials and election workers are in place for the November election.

California Election Bans

Election campaigning is also against the rules at the polls, which is when voters are influenced to choose a specific candidate or ballot measure. In California, all campaigning and campaigning is prohibited within 100 feet of a polling site.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, here is what is not allowed within that 100 foot margin:

  • Wear campaign clothes, buttons and stickers
  • Hold campaign signs, banners and literature
  • Project sounds referring to a candidate or problem
  • Circulate petitions and solicit signatures

Alexander said that applies to campaign workers and voters casting their ballots. She also said the consequences of breaking the rules are severe.

“If you violate election laws in a willful way that interferes with people’s right to vote, it can be a federal offense. It can be a felony,” Alexander said.