ANAHEIM - Members of the California Republican Party will take up a proposal to call for a state voter identification law on the final day of their fall convention, after a tea party group successfully pushed the measure through a party committee Saturday.
The measure's prospects are uncertain. But even a public airing of the issue could be uncomfortable for the party's leadership, which is trying to attract Latino and independent voters to reverse a trend of electoral losses and declining voter registration statewide.
The measure, which would require voters to show photo identification, was one of four tea party-backed resolutions embraced at the committee level Saturday - with the others involving the environment, education and opposition to California's $68 billion high-speed rail project. The Tea Party California Caucus withdrew a proposal on immigration, said Fresno City Councilman Steve Brandau, a tea party organizer.
He said that for the Tea Party California Caucus, a newly-formed coalition of tea party groups, "It's very encouraging to us" that the other four measures moved forward.
PHOTO: Fresno City Councilman Steve Brandau, left, and Madera County Supervisor Rick Farinelli, members of the Tea Party California Caucus, attend the California Republican Party's fall convention on Oct. 5, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/David Siders