Two Paid Hours To Vote - It's Already Law, Let's Enforce It

RESOLUTION 15-05.10

Two Paid Hours To Vote - It's Already Law, Let's Enforce It

Whereas, the November 2014 general election voter participation in California hit a disturbing all-time low, breaking the previous record set in 2002 of a 36% turnout of eligible voters, young and minority voter percentages were especially alarming, and

Whereas, section 14000(a) of the California Election Code states that “[I]f a voter does not have sufficient time outside of working hours to vote at a statewide election, the voter may, without loss of pay, take off enough working time that, when added to the voting time available outside of working hours, will enable the voter to vote,” and

Whereas section 14001 further states that “[N]ot less than 10 days before every statewide election, every employer shall keep posted conspicuously at the place of work, if practicable, or elsewhere where it can be seen as employees come or go to their place of work, a notice setting forth the provisions of Section 14000,” and section 14002 mandates that sections 14000 and 14001 apply to all public agencies and the employees thereof, as well as to employers and employees in private industry, and yet, though these provisions of the code could address the Secretary of State’s survey findings materially, there is woefully little, if any enforcement of these provisions.

Therefore, be it resolved that the California Democratic Party calls upon the California Legislature and the Secretary of State to develop policies in consultation with the Registrars of Elections to promote, implement and enforce the provisions of sections 14000 through 14002 of the California election code, providing for posting of the law, and

Therefore, be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be sent to Governor Edmund G. Brown, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, members of the Democratic Delegation of the CA Assembly and State Senate, Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins and encourage our Democratic Central Committees to send a copy of this resolution to their county registrars of voters.

Sponsored by Michele Sutter and 25 DSCC members

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015



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