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From the California Secretary of State Web Site:
Page 10 of the PDF – Actual Page 7 of the Guide (attached)

from the attached document - Defn:  Residency

A voter’s residence, for purposes of voter registration, is the address specified by the voter. A voter may have more than one residence but may only register to vote at the residence the voter considers to be their domicile. For example, a voter may have homes in Red Bluff and San Diego, spending a portion of their time in each. In this case, the voter should register at the address they consider to be their principal residence, at which they have the intention of remaining, and to which they, when away, intend to return.


A person’s residence status depends on their action and intent. If a person moves to another state or another country but intends to return, they may still claim residency in California. However, they cannot register to vote in another state and also continue to vote in California.

During the recent mid-term election, there is an associated, so far unsubstantiated, rumor that voter registration was encouraged by non-resident La Quinta Voters.


If you know of anyone who registered non-resident voters in the La Quinta election, or, if you are aware of any organized promotion, effort or event to encourage registering non-residents in the La Quinta City elections, please forward that information to Your identity will not be disclosed unless demanded by an official agency and we must concede that information. We are only a private group of citizens collecting public data; we have no affiliation with any official agency.  We will batch any information we receive and forward it to the proper group.

As a guideline for resident status in an election, please refer to the above and attached guideline from the California Secretary of State.

Incentives for registering to vote or voting

From SOS Voter Registration Guide: Offering Incentives for Registering Voters

Federal law makes it unlawful in an election in which there is a federal contest on the ballot (e.g., President, U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative) to knowingly and willfully pay, offer to pay, or accept payment for registering to vote or for voting. (52 U.S.C. §10307(c).) Violations are punishable by a fine up to $10,000 or imprisonment for up to five years, or both. Any type of incentive is considered “payment,” even things as seemingly innocent as cookies or admission to an entertainment event.


Federal Law

52 U.S.C. §10207(c) False information in registering or voting; penalties
Whoever knowingly or willfully gives false information as to his name, address or period of residence in the voting district for the purpose of establishing his eligibility to register or vote, or conspires with another individual for the purpose of encouraging his false registration to vote or illegal voting, or pays or offers to pay or accepts payment either for registration to vote or for voting shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both: Provided, however, That this provision shall be applicable only to general, special, or primary elections held solely or in part for the purpose of selecting or electing any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, presidential elector, Member of the United States Senate, Member of the United States House of Representatives, Delegate from the District of Columbia, Guam, or the Virgin Islands, or Resident Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

18 U.S.C. §597. Expenditures to influence voting
Whoever makes or offers to make an expenditure to any person, either to vote or withhold his vote, or to vote for or against any candidate; and
Whoever solicits, accepts, or receives any such expenditure in consideration of his vote or the withholding of his vote—Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.


PGA West - La Quinta CA  92253

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