Commend Governor For Promoting Multiculturalism and Voter Rights


Target: California Governor Jerry Brown

Goal: Applaud California Governor Jerry Brown for allowing non-citizen legal immigrants to serve as poll workers in California

In order to serve its quickly growing immigrant population, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 817 which allows non-citizen, legal immigrants to serve as poll workers in California. This law will help fill the shortage of multilingual poll workers who can now act as interpreters for the approximately 2.6 eligible voters in California who speak very little English. The governor’s decision to help limited-English speaking voters in California with the voting process serves as a small step towards protecting the democratic process in California and should serve as an example for other states to emulate.

Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta proposed this law in order to expand the pool of eligible people to work at the polls. Although the new law gives election officials the power to appoint up to five non-citizens in every precinct, non-citizens in California still cannot actually vote in local elections. Nonetheless, this new law will make sure that California state voters possess the necessary resources to fully partake in the democratic process through language assistance. Many limited English-speaking citizens face obstacles in exercising their fundamental right to vote, and this new law will rectify this problem and help them cast well-informed ballots.

Republicans in the state legislature vehemently opposed the bill, arguing that only U.S. citizens should be allowed to serve as poll workers. Governor Brown will also sign into law another measure sometime this month that will allow documented immigrants to serve on juries. If signed, California would become the first state in the country to allow non-citizen, legal immigrants to right to serve on a jury.

Giving documented immigrants who are permanent denizens the ability to serve as poll workers will increase civic engagement and further encourage progress in the pathway for them to obtain citizenship. Please sign this petition to applaud the governor for embracing multiculturalism and making the voting process in California more democratic.


Dear Governor Jerry Brown,

We applaud you for your recent decision to sign into law a measure that allows non-citizen, legal immigrants to serve as poll-workers in elections. This law will address the shortage of multilingual poll workers who can now act as interpreters for the estimated 2.6 million eligible voters who speaking limited English. This new law represents major progress in the democratic process, as more voters will now be encouraged to exercise their fundamental right to vote and will be able to cast a well-informed ballot.

This new law serves as a small step towards progress in the pathway to citizenship for legal immigrants. Later this month, you also plan to sign into law a measure that will enable non-citizen, legal immigrants to serve on juries. That law would make California the first state to allow legal immigrants who are not citizens to serve on a jury. We commend you for promoting multiculturalism and for protecting the democratic process.


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