BILL ANALYSIS                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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          Date of Hearing:   April 14, 2010

                                Felipe Fuentes, Chair

                 AB 2369 (Block) - As Introduced:  February 19, 2010 

          Policy Committee:                              ElectionsVote:7-0  

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          Yes    Reimbursable:              Yes


          This bill repeals the 2011 sunset on provisions allowing  
          absentee voters temporarily living outside the United States to  
          return their ballots to elections officials by facsimile  

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          Negligible fiscal impact.  It is not likely that counties would  
          submit a reimbursement claim for any minor additional costs  
          associated with counting faxed overseas ballots.


           Background and Purpose  .  AB 2941 (Bates)/Chapter 821 of 2004,  
          permitted special absentee voters temporarily living outside the  
          U.S. to return their ballots by facsimile transmission.  AB  
          2941.  AB 2786 (Salas)/Chapter 252 of 2008 extended the sunset  
          date for this procedure to January 1, 2011.  The original  
          legislation required the Secretary of State (SOS) to report by  
          December 31, 2008 on the benefits and problems of allowing  
          voters to return ballots by fax and on the number of ballots  
          returned by fax.

          The SOS reported that, for the November 2008 General Election,  
          11,997 ballots were returned by fax and, of those, 875 were  
          rejected and were not counted.  The most common reasons for  
          rejection were the failure on the part of the voter to forward  
          or sign the voter oath and poor facsimile quality.

          Ten counties experienced a substantial increase in the number of  


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          special absentee voters and two of those counties reported that  
          additional processing time was necessary for duplicating ballots  
          due the quality of the facsimile transmissions.  Only one county  
          (Santa Clara) indicated the process actually delayed counting  
          the ballots because every faxed ballot required duplication.  No  
          counties recommended discontinuing this practice, and many  
          military members were reportedly grateful that this method of  
          voting was available and expressed their appreciation to county  
          election officials, who are in support of this bill.

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916) 319-2081