How do ballot measure petitions get all those signatures? Well, according to ABC 7, organizers of one were caught offering homeless people in Los Angeles everything from one dollar to cigarettes to forge signatures on a petition to overturn California’s recent changes to the bail system.
LAPD arrested three people last week on felony election fraud charges for offering homeless items in exchange for their signatures and sometimes requesting they sign additional names of voters.
Yet another arrest by your @LAPD_RESET officers for Election Code Fraud. Three people booked on Felony charges. Homeless individuals were getting paid $1.00 or less for a forged signature on a State ballot measure. #VoterFraud #SkidRow pic.twitter.com/uulOo1XsNv
— Captain Marc Reina (@LAPDMarcReina) September 22, 2018
Police said they do not know if those gathering the signatures are connected with lobbying groups promoting the referendum.