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Hall Legislation to Protect Voters at Polling Places Approved by State Assembly
By Sentinel News Service
Published May 14, 2009

The California State Assembly today approved AB 441 by Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Isadore Hall, III (D- Compton), which would expand upon the state’s ‘100 foot rule’ to prohibit an individual from soliciting a donation or engaging in commercial activity within 100 feet of a polling place on Election Day or at an election official’s office.  

The measure was approved by a vote of 75 to 2.

While explicit electioneering is prohibited within 100 feet of a polling place on Election Day or at an election official’s office, nothing in current law prohibits an individual or group from seeking to influence or intimidate voters using a number of passive means.  

AB 441 would provide important protections for voters at a polling place and is a reasonable step to ensure that voters can cast their ballot without undue influence or intimidation.

“Voters should be free of any outside influence or intimidation at a polling place,” said Assemblymember Hall. “I am proud to have received strong bi-partisan support of AB 441 and believe this measure is an important step to further strengthen California’s commitment to a free and fair election process.”  

AB 441 now moves to the State Senate for further consideration


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