From Holden:

More monkey business with GOP voter registration.

The California Republican Party suspended its practice of paying people who sign up GOP voters while prosecutors investigate whether some registrations are improper.


The state party paid workers $3 for each voter they registered as Republican — a practice also followed by Democrats.

However, election officials in San Bernadino County found that thousands of GOP registration forms may have been filled out by the signature gatherers rather than the voter. Additionally, some non-citizens may have been registered, and some Democrats may have registered as Republicans. Similar problems were discovered in Orange County.


The state GOP pays more than 120 companies and organizations to register voters, an effort credited with adding 750,000 Republicans to state voter rolls during the last three years.

The program run by state Democrats pays $4 per registration form, but only to volunteers affiliated with party clubs or committees, said party Chairman Art Torres.