The Sacramento Bee reported weeks ago that the California Legislature has passed a bill that would let non-citizens who are “lawful permanent residents who meet all the other requirements for being eligible to vote except for citizenship” work at the polls. The bill, apparently aimed at recruiting more Spanish-speaking poll workers, awaits signature from Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.
Democratic State Sen. Rob Bonta said there are “nearly 3 million citizens who are fully eligible to vote and not English proficient.”
“We have a shortage of multilingual poll workers in the state of California,” Bonta said. “There has to be language access at the polls.”