Digital News Report – On a party line vote, Democrat members of the Senate Committee on Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments voted to stop Senate Bill 465, a bill authored by Senator Bob Huff (R – Diamond Bar), which would have helped prevent voter fraud at the ballot box.
“This bill was the last opportunity legislators had to protect voters from fraud and as usual, partisan politics trumped sound policy,” stated Senator Bob Huff. “Thankfully there is still a petition circulating that will give Californians a chance to accomplish what the Democrats in the Legislature refuse to do, that is, require ID to vote.”
SB 465 would have ensured that only those eligible are able to vote by requiring voters to present proof of identification. The bill specifies forms of valid identification that may be used for this purpose.
“We have to show photo ID to board planes, cash a check, buy alcohol, buy a gun and even be legally employed,” said Senator Huff. “Shouldn’t we have to show ID when choosing elected officials to represent our state and country?”
The time honored principle of ‘one man, one vote’ in our nation was intended to ensure that the will of the citizens is expressed through their democratically-elected representatives. Unfortunately, California’s election system lacks the appropriate protections for voter fraud to ensure these principles are upheld.
“In essence, Californians vote on an honor system. Individuals are only required to state their name and match it to registration records,” said Huff. “This system is an open invitation for voter fraud and fuels increasing distrust of the electoral process.”
From Bob Huff’s Office