TODD SPITZER, SUPERVISOR, THIRD DISTRICT
ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2014
Supervisor Spitzer Proposes Prohibition on Circulating Candidate Nomination Papers to County Employees at Work
(Santa Ana, CA) — This week, Supervisor Todd Spitzer proposed a County ordinance to prohibit any person from asking a County employee to sign candidate nomination papers when that employee is at his or her workplace. The ordinance will be considered at the June 24 Board of Supervisors meeting.
“It’s a slippery slope to allow County employees to sign election documents during work hours, even if it is during a break or lunch (an often abused excuse),” Supervisor Spitzer said. “There are plenty of places where signatures can be obtained without getting people in trouble when these employees simply want to be helpful. How do you gracefully say ‘no’ to your boss running for re-election or to someone who could, upon election, be your future boss? This ordinance helps candidates and employees stay out of trouble.”
The one-sentence ordinance simply states, “No person may solicit for the nomination paper for any local, state, or federal office the signature of any County employee at his or her workplace.”
If the ordinance passes its first reading on June 24, then the ordinance will be set for a second reading at the July 15 Board meeting. If adopted on July 15, the ordinance will take effect 30 days later, on August 14.