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Janice’s Journal: Register Today as a Los Angeles County Poll Worker


The Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters has adopted a policy that prohibits anyone convicted of a sex offense from working as a poll worker. This policy defies logic and violates both state law as well as the federal constitution.

According to state law, anyone eligible to vote is eligible to serve as a poll worker and will be paid to do so. Most counties abide by that law by allowing individuals convicted of a sex offense from serving as a poll worker during an election.

With the importance of the upcoming election in November, there is sure to be a large turnout at the polls. In the past, Los Angeles County has had difficulties recruiting enough people to serve as poll workers.

Why then would Los Angeles County prohibit more than 15,000 citizens of that county, who are required to register as sex offenders, from serving as poll workers? Why then would Los Angeles County not consider the nature of the offense for which the individual was convicted, the number of years since the conviction and whether the individual is currently required to register as a sex offender?

Los Angeles County has made a big mistake and it’s time for them to admit it. Instead, the county has decided to defend its mistake in its answer to a lawsuit filed in state court that challenges the county’s illegal policy.

In order to test the County’s policy, ACSOL requests that as many registrants as possible volunteer to serve as poll workers in the November election.

Click here to fill out an online poll workers’ application  on the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RRCC) web site.
Click here to download the Angeles County Poll Worker Application form [Aug 2018] which you fill out and mail.

And although the election is three months away, this is a good time to volunteer. Good luck to all! Please let us know in the comments below what response you receive.

— Janice Bellucci

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  1. cool CA RC

    Do I need to live in LA to do this?

    • cool CA RC

      If Rich can do this.
      I m going to do this.. Be right back!

    • cool CA RC

      Im back..

      You what? I m going to apply in my location and if they say no. All I have to do is give you a email.

    • David Kennerly is Frightening and High

      Living in San Francisco, I really hope that they DON’T accept my application 🙂 Still, I applied in L.A.

  2. Tim l

    I trust some of you will step up and apply for the big as pool worker.
    PLEASE help Janice poke the bear, they deserve it.

  3. Sunny

    Note that Orange County has the same policy:

    “Individuals who are currently on parole for a felony conviction, or are a registered sex offender cannot volunteer”

    You can volunteer to serve as a poll worker in OC here:

    I have submitted applications for both LA County and Orange County.

  4. Rich

    When I saw this in my email, I immediately filled out the application online and even though I live in Sacramento County there is nothing stating that I cannot apply to either work or volunteer–in fact the only requirement is to be at least 18 years old and either registered to vote in California or be a “Legal Permanent Resident of the United States (Green Card Holder).” So I would encourage every registered citizen across the nation to apply.

    There is a disclaimer stating, “*Individuals who are registered sex offenders cannot volunteer.” I feel that disclaimer is unconstitutional and believe ACSOL will prevail against this blanket discriminatory action. I look forward to my day in court (or deposition) on every registered citizen’s behalf. To insure my willingness to volunteer I indicated I would be available to volunteer in every single area of the county and indicated I have my own transportation. I immediately received a reply from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk:
    “You have SUCCESSFULLY submitted your online application. It will be forwarded to the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk for further approval. We will contact you once the process has been completed. Thank you and we hope to see you soon! Confirmation Number: PA080618024021”

    • Janice Bellucci

      Thank you, Rich! Hope you are the first of thousands to apply.

      • Rich

        PS… I also applied to Orange County as well!

        • Roger

          Rich, thanks for taking action.

          Be sure to follow through with your promise to be a poll worker where you are accepted. This isn’t just a symbolic thing. We want to show them that registrants are responsible members of society and can make positive contributions to our election system

          Just filling out applications won’t improve society’s impression of us. If we all sign up but nobody shows up, what will they think of us?

        • Will Allen

          Roger (August 6, 2018):

          I don’t think Registered People (RPs (yep, I know the “s” is a little funny, but I like it)) should worry about showing that they are “responsible members of society”. Or at least I feel that can and should be shown just by being a good person, not allowing any criminal regime to arrest you for anything, and being successful. RPs should not worry about what other people think of them. Be a great person to people that you know are good people and F everyone else. Don’t ever do anything that could conceivably help anyone who supports the Registries (Registry Terrorists (RTs)).

          On the flip side, I think signing up 10,000 people to volunteer for something and then 0 showing up would be the best message to send. I think the message that should be sent is that we are going to disrupt society. We are going to identify RTs and disrupt their lives. If you can’t mind your own business and leave other families alone, then you need to reap what you sow. You aren’t going to make RPs marginal citizens and not suffer because of it. Don’t expect to live in peace. That is the message that needs to be delivered daily. Chaos, disorder, and war.

        • Roger

          @Will, the war we are in for justice has many battlefields. I get why you are focused on the battlefield of disruption: you are pissed off at the injustice done to you and the rest of us. I also am angry at society for treating us worse than murderers.

          But there are different levels and types of disruption. (By the way, ACSOL never condones violent disruption of any kind–that would set our fight against the perception of “scary registrants” waaaaay back!)

          ACSOL has disrupted dozens of cities and counties from enforcing residency and presence restrictions–many of them were really pissed off, but we won anyway!

          ACSOL has disrupted what used to be swift passage of anti-registrant bills in the California legislature, resulting in very few being presented this election year. What a change!

          ACSOL has disrupted what the Coalinga State Hospital thought would be an easy persecution of the inmates there by our lawsuit.

          And much more in store!

          You and anyone else can be a part of these disruptions of business-as-usual by subscribing to our Action Alerts.

          ACSOL is attempting to disrupt the anti-registrant polling jobs by simultaneously filing the lawsuit while having us apply for the polling jobs. This is a double-pronged strategy.

          But the goal is NOT just disruption of their bad policy. The ultimate goal is to open a door for us to show we are good members of society that should not be feared. That is the only long-term solution to permanently decreasing anti-registrant legislation and court decisions.

          If we apply with no intention of taking that door of opportunity, we will show that all we wanted to do was make a political statement but not be at the polls. That would be like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown! Goodbye to any future chance of them trusting us to be poll workers, and would be rationalization in their minds for thinking we shouldn’t be a part of society. And word would get around!

          So I recommend that we show up when we get a poll job and talk to the other poll workers. That will be one more step to not being thought of as inhuman.

          But if you are intent on, “Ha! Fooled you into trusting me! In your face!” then know you are just setting back our fight harder.

        • Will Allen

          Roger (August 7, 2018):

          I don’t think it can be overstated all of the good that ACSOL has done. There would be all kinds of additional idiotic “laws” and harassment in place if it were not for them. No doubt. They are a truly patriotic organization that every real American should support. And ACSOL has no obligations at all to do anything helpful or help anyone – most people should recognize that a lot better than they do.

          Regarding this issue, I certainly see your point and it might be the best overall way to do it. However, I think mass demonstrations of civil disorder are good. Personally, I think it would be good if the criminal regimes were forced to sign up 10,000 Registered People (RPs) as poll workers, none of them showed up, and the elections were a complete mess. I think that would be great. It is not an “in your face”. It would be more, “We tried to be the normal, good citizens that we are and yet again you idiotically and worthlessly attacked us. You need to suffer consequences for your crimes. Stop being scumbags.”

          Then the criminal regimes might get the point that if they can stop acting like idiots and thinking that people on the hit list should and can be treated differently, then next time ALL people can just act how normal people will. They can sign up to be a poll worker if they feel inclined and show up to help. The criminal regimes could even avoid all their usual whining about “$EX offenders” in polling locations (e.g. schools) and just provide all the normal security that is needed completely regardless of if an RP in is the vicinity or not.

        • Tim Moore

          I am most certain people think the only reason we would want to be poll workers is to gain access to victims. I think disrupting their gig is showing we are also capable of political action. People don’t respond to niceness from registered citizens. They interpret it as deception. They only respond to consequences. That seems to be the reallity at this point. Hopefully, when more people recognize we are not playing into their myths, then they may be open to seeing us as individuals, as nice people, with families, friends and hopes just like anyone else. But now we are having our lives continually disrupted for a falsehood.

        • Will Allen

          Tim Moore (August 8, 2018):

          You said, “I am most certain people think the only reason we would want to be poll workers is to gain access to victims.” Truly, I think any people who would believe that “gain access” nonsense are stunningly stupid. But the U.S. is chock full of people like that today. The vast, widespread, rampant stupidity should rarely shock anyone any longer.

          You said, “People don’t respond to niceness from registered citizens” and “They only respond to consequences.” THAT I believe 100%.

          Personally, I’ll build my own empire full of good, decent people. I will ensure that “people” who support Registries are excluded, marginalized, ostracized, and the quality of their lives is lowered. They will reap what they sow.

      • Billy Jack

        Dear Janice and all, I applied today. Can ACSOL sue them?

  5. Tim Moore

    I checked all the cities. Really, it may be convenient, but I would drive up from San Diego to any one of them to prove a point. You can’t take away our rights without a fight.

  6. Tim Moore

    Be sure to print out the page with your confirmation number

  7. steve bloch

    I’m sorry I don’t see the point in this. It would seem more beneficial to focus on eliminating the registry and then you don’t have to worry about these things. It seems there are lot’s of victories happening I would think one of these could be applied to a CA lawsuit.

    • matthew

      I think the point is to show that we are viewed different than any other charge out there and are pushed out of helping society. If they constantly push us away and see us all the same, the court case pulls stronger in our favor. Its pretty much setting up dominoes to have them all fall in place at once.

    • Matt

      I agree. Although I think I understand what’s happening here, I think this will wind up being another bait and switch scam like SB 384. The divide and conquer routine continues. I rarely agree with Roger, but he’s absolutely right on his comment above. If several hundred volunteer, and Janice wins the law suit, and nobody shows up, they’ll be drilling holes in the deck of their own boats. If a disruption happens, and we win a small fight, that’s great. But it seems to me that the only actually meaningful fight is the one in front of the Supreme Court that stops the registry in its entirety. Even then, the states are likely to recreate their own state versions of same. But fighting and winning dozens of small, incremental fights seems like the long way to me. That said, this policy is a clear violation of rights. If we fight this one and lose……maybe that’s the case that goes all the way up.

      • Tim L

        The reason you should do as Janice suggests is it goes to INTENT of SORNA. The people’s INTENT with Megan’s law and Jacobs law was upheld against ex post challenge.
        The key to Dissolving the registry is to expose the retributive underlying INTENT. SEX offenders in polling stations is no threat to others. Therefore the intent is affirmative disability without sound reason. That is to punish.

        The feds have no reason to limit the uses of databases by gov’t agents but the people do.

      • David Kennerly is Frightening and High

        It’s gotta be a multi-front war, Matt. We have many battles ahead and we need to get in the habit of mobilizing to fight them, big and small. This is important for another reason, too which is to demonstrate to the public that we are not going to roll-over anymore or perform their tricks on demand like trained circus dogs. No marginalized peoples have ever gotten anywhere without getting off of their couches and mussing their hair. This is just the beginning and we will become habituated to fighting this war and facing down our many enemies or we will lose. That’s our only choice.

        • Matt

          David, I generally agree with what you’re saying. And even when I disagree with people on strategy, I still feel very lucky to have anybody, anywhere, fighting for us at all. If this is what Janice wants people to do, then those who can, should. No argument there. I come from a positiion that the registry, in its entirety, is unconstitutional. I doubt that anybody who has a clear-thinking mind would disagree. I know that it could take tens (or hundreds) of thousands of dollars and several years to get a case though the system to SCOTUS, and correct the error they made many years ago. So, if we know that we have limited resources, I suggest that we get laser focused on the goal that has the most bang for the buck. It’s not that what has been done so far is incorrect, or counter productive in my eyes. (There was one hugely counter productive one in my eyes; SB 384) It’s that with the advancements in technology we are seeing today, I suspect this is all going to get much, much worse for us before it gets better. Every time we score a “small victory” something comes along that seems to negate it. Some jack wagon slightly changes the law, a new bill gets introduced and passed with 100% support, etc., etc. I have been mocked (and even blocked once or twice) for suggesting that facial rec., RFID chips for tracking, and more are just around the corner for us. I’m not a crazy person. I am a pragmatist. I believe this is coming. And I believe it’s coming momentarily. The passport ID’s are just the beginning. People have suggested that our driver’s licenses, and even our license plates, should have identifiers. It’s only a matter of time. So, given all of that, it is my humble opinion that while small fights may be necessary, and even important, I think we need to move the entire goal to the Supreme Court in the fastest way possible. I do see value in the poll worker fight because if we happen to lose in lower courts, that could be an example of direct punishment for registration that effects one of our most fundamental rights as Americans. But I think the fact that several people per year get murdered for being registrants is a much better argument. I’m not arguing for the sake of argument. I am simply questioning strategy, and I am perfectly fine with being wrong…… long as we are moving towards freedom from this prison outside of prison.

        • David Kennerly is Frightening and High

          Matt, I don’t disagree, on the whole. One point I would like to make is the importance of getting individuals involved, and invested, in this struggle. Signing up as many of us to be poll workers is a modest, but achievable goal and, perhaps more importantly than challenging the government on that single issue (although it is in aid of a legal challenge that Janice recommends), it enables many to take that important first step towards action. There has been a paucity of grassroots activism on our parts. We absolutely must support the efforts of the lawyers who work for our cause but we must also find other ways in which those of us who are not lawyers can engage directly with this struggle. It’s not an either/or situation; it’s both and at the same time. I don’t quite agree with the prognostication of an escalating severity model, though. I think that we have now had enough influence to hold at bay most of the worst of these. We should see this emergent plateau as directly attributable to our organizations and an aroused civil liberties community. (see attorney Jeffrey Gamso’s presentation at NARSOL 2018 where he makes the point that things are bad but legislatures are not getting the worst laws that they would like. “Jeffrey Gamso: Bodyke & Beyond A Decade of Un Change”

        • Tim Moore

          Well that’s the thing. How many people feel they have ownership in this struggle? Someone else better able to fight for you is always in charge of your freedom. That or the only way to make progress is to feel you have to be a legal savant.

    • Matt Phillips

      I agree. A bunch of small victories are great. But just like the great bait and switch scam of SB 384, they’ll just keep adjusting policies to get what they want. I would rather see the registry as a whole, deemed what it is, unconstitutional. Roger is right in his comment above though. If people volunteer for this and don’t show up, they’re just giving ammunition to the other side. (which is everybody by the way.) And on the flip side; this policy is clearly illegal. If we fight this and lose, this might be a good one to take all the way to the top. Voting and participation in elections is a fundamental American right.

    • Mr. D

      If I had to speculate, OC and LAC are unlikely to uncover any Registered Citizen who has had an expungement and is not on the public registry. Anyone else believe this is likely to be the case?

    • Sunny

      The point is to set a precedent that establishes registrants as a protected class, consistent with California statute prohibiting the use of the Megan’s law website for employment, etc. LA and OC are blatantly discriminating against registrants in violation of the law. We need actual registrants to apply in order to have standing in a lawsuit. A victory in this case could set a substantial precedent positively impacting our protected class status and ability to find gainful employment. This is no trivial matter. The outcome could benefit us all.

  8. Liz

    I enrolled as a poll worker today, and I got a confirmation number. I’ve been a CA registrant for 26 years, I’m eligible to vote and I always do in the primaries and major elections. I see no reason why L.A. County should hold back registrants from being a poll worker.

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  10. Jojo

    I filled out the voter poll worker (paid volunteer) application, checking the Glendale box, and I got a confirmation number. I have lived/voted here for 22 years except when involuntary relocated and denied voting privileges.
    My voting was restored 10 years ago.

  11. Mot

    Sent in my application and got a confirmation number; so , what is the plan if and when we all get rejected?

  12. Timothy D. A. Lawver

    Looks like this group is rolling on this WAYYYY COOOOOOL Opportunity!
    Please hit the SOTP group of your choice and enlist enlist enlist!
    You’ve gottem on the defensive in this one.

    I LUUUUUUUV J’s Idea here!
    Theoretically three legal birds with one stone can be had.
    That, as our founders clearly understood, is the intrinsic nature of Ex- post law.
    They had sound reason to forbid such.
    The destructive nature of eroding credibility of the users!
    Our founders were an eclectic group and not all puritan. They knew how to keep a nation of people WHOLE.

  13. Timothy D.A. Lawver

    @ DAVID K.
    REGISTRY TERRORIST (RT) is a kind term, too kind for the group that thought up this boondoggle.
    I’ve much more respect for the jihadist who martyrs himself than these insidious fools, here is why. At least the
    JT does it in the open, RT does it behind your back!
    The JT ain’t pretending to believe. RTs are!
    The JT doesn’t line his pockets. RTs do!
    The JT will utilize a database to pick a target. RTs will use a database to conjure counterfeit targets.

    Which is more evil?

    I’ve had my say

    • Will Allen

      Timothy D.A. Lawver (August 16, 2018):

      One thing that is clear is that people who support the Registries do need a great, derogatory label that describes them as the scumbags that they are. What is that label?

      I think “terrorist” is accurate. It is someone who cannot mind their own business or leave other families alone. It is someone who tries to attack families as often as is convenient for their lame selves and the attacks don’t have to be based on any facts at all, be rational, or be consistent with reality. “terrorist” is a criminal committing criminal acts. They are enemies of good people, who must defeat them.

      I have used other terms but I don’t like them as much. I’ve used “Registrymonger” long back, but that is too tame. “Registry Mongrel” is nice and describes them well but it could be misconstrued to be referring to the people who are listed on the Registries. So I don’t know. I always keep my eyes open for things I like.

      • Tim Lawver

        Victimite Vik-tem-Ite
        ( noun)
        A person who thrives through the victimization of another in a surreptitious and parasitic manner.

        I could use some feedback on my working definition. Using in sentences n so forth. EXAMPLES ANYONE?????????????

      • j

        You have to work in Troll which is appropriate and just make sure it gets directed away from registrants. You are not dealing with an intelligent group so it might be difficult to make a point but at least we can derive some satisfaction knowing we are actually better than the busybodies and neighborhood watch trolls that use this to satisfy something in their warped self righteous beings. Start with a syllabus of appropriate words and phrases and go from there.

  14. Sunny

    I signed up to volunteer as a poll worker in Orange County. I received my poll worker packet last week and my assigned station for voting day at the Dana Point City Hall, which also has a police station attached to it. The packet included my official poll worker ID card, name badge, and login information for the state’s poll worker website, which I accessed and created an account. I also spoke with a county employee who scheduled me for training. She provided a basic overview and said that I would receive a stipend of about $130.

    The Orange County Registrar contacted me a few days ago, two hours before my scheduled training, to inform me that I would not be allowed to volunteer as a poll worker because they located me on the California Megan’s Law website. I asked them to put it in writing, which they did:

    OC REGISTRAR ———->
    Mr. —,

    Thank you for taking my call earlier. Thank you for your interest in serving as a poll worker. As we discussed, we are unable to use you as a volunteer on November 6th. All volunteers are checked against Megan’s Law records and your information was a match. Our policy is to not allow anyone found on this registry to volunteer. Many of our volunteers serve at schools, community centers, and other public facilities where students and minors may either be present or assigned as student volunteers. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Thank you for your time.

    ME ———->
    Mr. —,

    I was assigned to work at the Dana Point City Hall. That is not a school or a place where children would normally frequent. Also, there is a police station at the City Hall. Do you believe I would somehow present a risk to students and minors that may be present or assigned as student volunteers? I can assure you I am not a risk to anyone. In any case, this is a very public setting with many adults present alongside program coordinators, not to mention the presence of law enforcement. I would like to know why you view me as a risk and why you have this policy.

    Thank you,

    OC REGISTRAR ———->

    This is county policy. It is an added measure to protect all our volunteers, which include high school students. Student volunteers can be placed at any polling place in our county and are often moved on Election Day for coverage.
    When a match is found on the states Megan’s Law database they cannot serve as a volunteer. No exceptions are made to this policy.

    • Lake County

      It’s good you got the documentation Janice needed. I smell another lawsuit coming soon. Hopefully you will be willing to be a plaintiff. You might even end up getting your $130.00 worker fee (or more). It would seem that the 1st letter and packet was a commitment to hire you (a contract). Good luck and thanks for applying for the job. This lawsuit could cause some positive changes for all of us..

    • R M

      Wow at “This is county policy. It is an added measure to protect all our volunteers, which include high school students. Student volunteers can be placed at any polling place in our county and are often moved on Election Day for coverage.
      When a match is found on the states Megan’s Law database they cannot serve as a volunteer. No exceptions are made to this policy.”

      As 95+% of registered sex offenders do not ever commit another sex crime. I’d email them all the 21+ reports/studies for their reading pleasure.

  15. David

    So, once again, the Registry is used as a way to exclude a very specific set of individuals. Because it’s so readily available and convenient, everyone can use it for whatever their purposes may be. Here’s what I would like to know: why are they not doing background checks to exclude people convicted of: identity theft, fraud, perjury, aggravated assault, battery, domestic violence, etc. Aren’t such individuals also equally “dangerous” (including having much higher recidivism rates) if (1) they have a conviction for a violent offence, or (2) they have been convicted of an offense closely related to identity and/or character (identity theft, fraud, perjury)?

  16. David

    Along those same lines, I would love to know why individuals convicted of identity fraud do not have specially marked passports. Wouldn’t the border control officers of foreign countries – when verifying an individual’s identity – be most concerned about individuals who have used a false identity in the past??

  17. Tim Moore

    I signed up online, but haven’t received any word back that I know of. Maybe they just threw out applications from those who do not live in the county?

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