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California lawmakers consider relaxing rules on ballot signatures

California’s Democratic-controlled Legislature is considering whether to make it more difficult for local election officials to reject ballots because a voter’s signature doesn’t exactly match what’s on file. Voters who cast ballots by mail must now sign their ballot. Election officials then compare that signature to the one in the voter’s registration file. Election officials …

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California Capitol Watch: Protecting Voting Rights in California – Vote by Mail Ballots

As documented by the Brennan Center for Justice, as of mid-February, 2021, state lawmakers across the nation have carried, pre-filed, or introduced at least 253 bills with provisions that restrict voter access in 43 states. The Brennan Center notes that a quarter of voting and election bills seek to limit vote by mail (VBM) procedures. These VBM bills …

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California’s election rules could make a Newsom recall a wild ride

SACRAMENTO —   There is very little set in stone for a recall election in which voters could remove Gov. Gavin Newsom from office beyond the ballot’s basic question of whether the governor should keep his job. Recall elections have been the electoral equivalent of a comet making its way through the solar system. Of the 55 …

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California’s history of voting violations would face new scrutiny under Washington proposal

Despite its aggressive push to expand voter access in recent years, California’s past voting rights violations have landed it on a list of bad actors that Democrats in Washington want to subject to extra federal scrutiny. Under a new bill to update the Voting Rights Act, 11 states — primarily in the South— are expected …

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