As Chair of the California Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee in the state Legislature, I was shocked and dismayed to hear President Donald Trump continue to make irresponsible and unfounded allegations about widespread voter fraud in California.
State and county election administrators and other public officials – Republican and Democratic alike – have repeatedly warned that these false assertions undermine the public’s trust in our elections. If President Trump has evidence of widespread voter fraud, he should share it with election officials so that it can be investigated. In the absence of such evidence, however, I can only conclude that the President’s statements are nothing more than a transparent attempt to distract people from the fact that he lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.
California will continue to hold free and fair elections to choose their elected officials under my watch. Any efforts to curb voting access through intimidation or to purge voter rolls of eligible citizens will be met with fierce resistance.
I look forward to working with my colleagues and Governor Brown to improving our democratic process.
Chair, Committee on Elections and Redistricting
Assemblymember, 28th District