Carl DeMaio, chairman of Reform California, today filed a statewide ballot initiative with the Attorney General’s office that would amend the California state constitution to require Voter ID be used in all future state elections and impose several key accountability reforms on state and local election officials in an effort to restore public trust and confidence in the integrity of California’s elections.
“It is time to settle the debate over election integrity once and for all and implementing a Voter ID law is the best way to restore public trust and confidence in our elections,” DeMaio says.
To prevent state politicians from challenging the initiative, DeMaio worked closely with national election law experts in crafting his initiative and says he grounded the language in existing US Supreme Court case law governing elections.
Among the requirements in the initiative:
“Numerous polls show widespread public support for Voter ID laws - with a majority of support among every demographic including Democrats, Independents, Republicans, African-Americans, Latinos, etc,” DeMaio says.
“The only people who don’t want a Voter ID law in California are our liberal politicians and their friends in the media,” DeMaio quipped.
DeMaio points to a Berkeley IGS poll from November 2022 which found 60% of all California voters surveyed said that people voting or casting ballots illegally was a threat, with 39% of them saying it was a major threat.
DeMaio points to a recent report by the nonpartisan Transparency Foundation on California’s 2022 November election, which found that California failed 9 out of 10 metrics on election integrity and in its final report said “from its failure to maintain accurate voter registration lists to its refusal to verify the identity and eligibility of voters, California by far has the worst election practices in the nation.”
Of the most damning findings, the Transparency Foundation’s investigation uncovered: a 14.17% likely fraud rate among rejected and uncured ballots; more than 6.6 million people on the voter registration list that, since 2010, have moved out of California to another state; and evidence of 81,421 potential duplicate or triplicate voter registrations on the state voter registration list.
“When voters see duplicate ballots, ballots being mailed to the wrong address, ballots sent to family members that have moved or passed away years prior — that undermines confidence in the integrity of our elections,” DeMaio explains. “But the Election Integrity Initiative of 2024 will go a long way toward repairing these issues with our election system,” DeMaio says.
The next step for the Election Integrity Initiative of 2024 is to await an official title and summary from the state Attorney General. To get on the ballot, the initiative needs the signatures of nearly 1 million registered California voters by April 2024. Carl DeMaio and Reform California has been raising funds and recruiting thousands of signature volunteers since January to prepare to execute a successful signature drive.
DeMaio will host a briefing on the initiative for supporters over zoom at noon on Wednesday, August 16. RSVP for that briefing here.
“If you want to see the California Voter ID Initiative on the 2024, we need your immediate help as a volunteer and contributor so please join the campaign today,” DeMaio concludes.