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CA aprueba recolección de firmas para iniciativa electoral sobre ID de votantes

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Thursday, October 26, 2023   

Los partidarios de una iniciativa electoral propuesta para exigir una identificación gubernamental para votar acaban de obtener la aprobación estatal para comenzar a recolectar firmas. Un grupo llamado Reform California, dirigido por el locutor de radio conservador Carl DeMaio, patrocina la iniciativa, pero no respondió a las solicitudes de comentarios. Su sitio web expresa preocupaciones sobre el fraude electoral. Jonathan Mehta Stein, de California Common Cause, dice que los casos de suplantación de votantes son muy raros y escasos, y que los requisitos de identificación de los votantes perjudican a aproximadamente el 10% de los californianos que no tienen licencia de conducir ni tarjeta de identificación estatal.

"Estás resolviendo un 'problema' que realmente no existe. Entonces no estás ganando mucho. Pero usted está poniendo barreras frente a los votantes jóvenes, los votantes mayores, los votantes con discapacidades y los de bajos ingresos. Las compensaciones no valen la pena," explicó Stein.

La propuesta también agregaría requisitos sobre el mantenimiento de las listas de votantes; verificación de firmas de boletas y auditorías del proceso electoral. California ya cuenta con amplias medidas de seguridad para hacer coincidir las direcciones y firmas de los votantes con las registradas, y los no ciudadanos no pueden votar.

Stein añade que en casi todas las sesiones legislativas se presenta un proyecto de ley sobre identificación de votantes.

"Nunca llega a ninguna parte, porque es una mala política y no es buena para los votantes. Creo que los proponentes están hartos de perder en la Legislatura y han decidido llevar esto a las urnas," expresó también Stein.

Los votantes han puesto a los demócratas en control de los poderes ejecutivo y legislativo de California. El sitio web de Reform California afirma que las llamadas medidas de "integridad electoral" son necesarias para lograr el objetivo a largo plazo de los partidarios de retomar el poder a nivel estatal.

Apoyo para esta historia fue proporcionado por Carnegie Corporation of New York


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