SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law a measure allowing noncitizens who are permanent legal residents of the United States to serve as poll workers in California elections.
Brown "clearly understands the challenges faced by the increasingly diverse voters in our state related to civic engagement and participation," said Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), the bill’s author.
Bonta said his measure will provide more multilingual poll workers for a state where nearly 3 million people who are eligible to vote are not fully fluent in English.
Republican lawmakers had opposed the measure, arguing it could undermine the integrity of the election process. They also said there is no need for the law because there is no shortage of citizens to work the polls.