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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