California State Senator George Runner is on the proposition warpath again. This time the target is those who should not be voting. What a novel concept!
According to the Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert:
A new initiative filed by Republican Sen. George Runner — who spearheaded the placement of statewide measures on the ballot in 2006 and 2008 — has been cleared to begin collecting signatures. The measure would tighten requirements on voting, including requiring government-issued IDs and eliminating suffrage for ex-felons on probation.
As the article points out, Sen. Runner has led several efforts to pass measures via the initiative process that couldn’t get through the legislature. One was Proposition 83 dubbed Jessica’s law which dealt with sex offenders was approved by voters in 2006. The other Prop. 6 dealt with increasing penalties for gang activity, was defeated in 2008.