A woman suspected of voter registration fraud in Sacramento County has been the subject of complaints in other campaigns as well. The registrar of voters in El Dorado County sent a warning to Monica Harris last year after problems with registrations collected at Folsom Lake College. During a signature drive in Sacramento last year – which was ultimately thrown out because of an unusually high number of rejected signatures – members of the Sacramento Central Labor Council also lodged complaints against Harris. Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Jill LaVine recently announced that she had turned over thousands of suspect registration cards turned in by Harris’ company to the California secretary of state’s office. In some cases, LaVine has received complaints from people who unknowingly had their party registration switched to Republican.
Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, said he plans to introduce legislation today that would ban the payment system he thinks is responsible for registration fraud. Pan, along with voter registrars statewide, has criticized the process of paying people for each registration card they submit for a specific party – a practice often called the “bounty system.” The Republican Party of Sacramento County paid Harris’ company $5 for each person who joined the party.