Illegal voter registration drive in downtown Los Angeles?

From the Downtown Los Angeles Central City East Blogger:

I was standing out front today and spied a gathering in front of the Florence Hotel and thought I would go over there to see what was going on.

It was a voter registration drive. But they were exchanging goodies and cigarettes for filling them out.

For the full post including photos check out dgarzillas blog.

I don’t have much time to look into this, so feel free to comment if you have more insight. However, a web search of “getting paid to register voters? california” brought up a Fresno Bee article on the website for Secretary of State candidate Debra Bowen that describes “bounty hunters” who get $10 for every voter registration card they turn in…

They’re called bounty hunters and they lurk outside Wal-Marts, Targets and other stores that get steady streams of traffic. Some could be carnival barkers on the midway as they coax — or embarrass — shoppers to tables often containing several petitions.

But these aren’t volunteers pushing their favorite political causes. They are professional signature gatherers, and they are paid to get voters to sign their petitions. Some get as much as $10 per signature, and that’s the problem.

2 Replies to “Illegal voter registration drive in downtown Los Angeles?”

  1. I did this job once, for a week. Yes, it was a job. There definitely wasn’t any ten dollar signatures, though. I remember one specifically that was three dollars, and that one was an issue i didn’t agree with, so I didn’t have it with when I was out (I stood outside a Best Buy).

    When I went to the orientation for starting to do this, they were very adamant: It’s completely illegal to exchange registrations for gifts like the above example. If someone is doing this, it’s probably their own greed, not anything more conspiratorial.

    I did it for about a week, earned a couple hundred bucks, and decided a real job was in order.

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