A bill authored by Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) that allows noncitizens with permanent resident status in the U.S. to serve as poll workers in California elections was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times.
Bonta said the new law will provide more multilingual poll workers in California, where nearly 3 million registered voters are not completely fluent in English.
Bonta also said his measure, AB 817, will "increase civic engagement and encourage progress along the pathway towards citizens" for legal permanent residents, the Times reported.
Bonta served on the Alameda City Council before his election to the State Assembly.