On August 29, the California Assembly passed SB 205 by a vote of 49-27. It makes it illegal for voter registration workers to be paid on a per-card basis. This bill is especially damaging to new and minor parties, because as a result of Proposition 14, the only method for parties to obtain qualified status, or to keep it, is to have registration equal to 1% of the last gubernatorial vote. That requires 103,004 registrations now, and that number will probably be higher after November 2014.
The bill now goes to Governor Jerry Brown. Assuming he signs it, it will go into effect on January 1, 2012. The bill passed on a party-line vote, with no Democrats opposing it, and no Republicans supporting it. However, three Democrats didn’t vote.