California Proposition 52, Election Day Voter Registration (2002)
If Proposition 52 had passed, it would have required eligible voters to present proof of their current residence in order for them to be allowed to register to vote on election days. Under the election law that was current at the time, Californians who wanted to vote in an upcoming election had to register with county elections officials by the 15th day before the election.
Text of measure
The ballot title was:
Proposition 52 asked the question:
- "Should legally eligible California residents presenting proof of current residence be allowed to register to vote on Election Day?"
The ballot summary said:
- Allows persons who are legally eligible to vote and have valid identification to register to vote on Election Day at their polling place.
- Increases criminal penalty for voter and voter registration fraud.
- Criminalizes conspiracy to commit voter fraud.
- Requires trained staff at polling places to manage Election Day registration, creates fund to implement measure, including training and providing personnel for Election Day registration.
- Allows persons to register or reregister during 28 days preceding Election Day at local election offices.
- Provides more time to county election officials to prepare voter registration lists.
- See also: Fiscal impact statement
The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:
- Annual state costs of about $6 million to fund counties for Election Day voter registration activities, thereby resulting in no anticipated net county cost.
- Minor state administrative costs and unknown, but probably minor, state costs to enforce a new election fraud offense.
- Official Voter Guide to the November 5 ballot propositions
- Analysis of Proposition 52 by the LAO
- Smart Voter information about Prop 52
- Stop Vote Fraud, group that opposed 52
- Official declaration of the November 5, 2002 vote
- Top Ten Donors to Proposition 52