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                                    THIRD READING


          Bill No:  SB 111
          Author:   Beall (D)
          Amended:  3/6/13
          Vote:     21

           
           SENATE ELECTIONS & CONST. AMENDMENTS COMMITTEE  :  4-1, 4/2/13
          AYES:  Correa, Hancock, Padilla, Yee
          NOES:  Anderson

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  Senate Rule 28.8


           SUBJECT  :    Elections:  voter signature

           SOURCE  :     Secretary of State 


           DIGEST  :    This bill authorizes certain registered voters to use  
          a signature stamp if the voter submits an affidavit of  
          registration electronically utilizing a signature stamp that has  
          been approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and  
          transmitted to the Secretary of State (SOS).

           ANALYSIS  :    

          Existing law:

          1.Authorizes certain persons to use a signature stamp to affix a  
            signature to various elections documents.

          2.Prohibits a voter from using a signature stamp until the  
            signature stamp is used by the voter to sign an affidavit of  
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            registration in the presence of a county elections official.

          3.Requires DMV and SOS to develop a process and infrastructure  
            to allow the electronic copy of a person's signature and other  
            information to be transferred to the SOS for the purpose of  
            allowing a person to register to vote electronically on the  
            SOS's Internet Web site.

          This bill authorizes certain registered voters to use a  
          signature stamp if the voter submits an affidavit of  
          registration electronically utilizing a signature stamp that has  
          been approved by DMV and transmitted to the SOS.

          Background
           
          The Warren Mattingly Signature Stamp Act was established by AB  
          18 (Blakeslee, Chapter 485 Statutes of 2007), and enabled a  
          person who, due to a disability, is unable to provide a  
          handwritten signature, to use a signature stamp in situations  
          where the California Elections Code requires a signature, e.g.,  
          on a vote-by-mail ballot or an initiative petition.

          Currently, after the DMV confirms an applicant's identity, it  
          stores an electronic copy of the signature stamp just as it  
          stores traditional signatures.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  4/15/13)

          Secretary of State (source) 
          American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees,  
          AFL-CIO
          Association of Regional Center Agencies
          California Association of Clerks and Election Officials 
          California Common Cause
          California Council of the Blind
          California Foundation for Independent Living Center
          California State Council of the Service Employees International  
          Union
          Disability Rights California
          National Multiple Sclerosis Society-California Action Network
          Silicon Valley Independent Living Center

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          The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy in California
          United Cerebral Palsy of Sacramento and Northern California
          United Domestic Workers of America, AFSCME Local 3930


           ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    According to the author's office, this  
          bill updates the law by allowing a person who is unable to sign  
          their name, due to a disability, to use a signature stamp that  
          is filed with DMV to complete their online voter registration  
          application. 

          According to Disability Rights California, over 30,000  
          Californians have a signature stamp approved for use by, and on  
          file with the Department of Motor Vehicles.  The DMV currently  
          allows people who cannot sign their names to use a signature  
          stamp when applying for a driver's license or California  
          identification card.  After the DMV confirms the applicant's  
          identity, it stores an electronic copy of the signature stamp  
          just as it stores traditional signatures.

          Under current law, people who use a signature stamp to sign a  
          voter registration affidavit must do so in the presence of an  
          election official, necessitating a trip to the local elections  
          office, a task that may be burdensome for a person with a  
          disability.

          This bill will streamline the voter registration process for  
          people who cannot sign their name by allowing them to register  
          to vote online, thus creating equal access to online voter  
          registration for people using signature stamps.  


          RM:nl  4/16/13   Senate Floor Analyses 

                           SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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