California Proposition 52, Election Day Voter Registration (2002)

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California Proposition 52, or the Election Day Voter Registration Act, was on the November 5, 2002 statewide ballot in California as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated.

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.

It was supported by the League of Women Voters and opposed by "Citizens and Law Enforcement Against Election Fraud." Dave Gilliard led the opposition committee.

Election results

Proposition 52
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No4,166,03559.1%
Yes 2,888,207 40.9%

Text of measure

Title

The ballot title was:

Election Day Voter Registration. Voter Fraud Penalties. Initiative Statute.

Question

Proposition 52 asked the question:

"Should legally eligible California residents presenting proof of current residence be allowed to register to vote on Election Day?"

Summary

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.

Fiscal impact

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.

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