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          Date of Hearing:   July 3, 2013

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                  Mike Gatto, Chair

                     SB 111 (Beall) - As Amended:  March 6, 2013 

          Policy Committee:                             ElectionsVote:6-0  
          (Consent)

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          No     Reimbursable:               

           SUMMARY  

          This bill allows a person authorized to use a signature stamp  
          for voter registration to register online, pursuant to current  
          law, using a signature stamp approved by the DMV and transmitted  
          to the Secretary of State (SOS).

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          Negligible fiscal impact, as online voter registration is  
          already operative and the registrant's signature stamp must  
          already have been approved and on file with the DMV.

           COMMENTS  

           1)Background  . SB 397 (Yee)/Chapter 561 of 2011, allowed online  
            voter registration to begin prior to the completion of a new  
            statewide voter registration database if the DMV and the SOS  
            developed a process to transfer the electronic copy of a  
            person's signature from the DMV to the SOS. Currently, a  
            person can fill out a voter registration application online  
            and authorize the use of their signature on file with the DMV  
            to "sign" the application.

            AB 18 (Blakeslee)/Chapter 485 of 2007, enabled a person who,  
            due to a disability, is unable to provide a handwritten  
            signature, to use a signature stamp in situations where the  
            Elections Code requires a signature. In the case of voter  
            registration, the person must use the stamp to sign their  
            application in the presence of a county elections official.  

           2)Purpose  . SB 44 allows a person to use a signature stamp  








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            approved for use by and on file with the DMV to submit a voter  
            registration application online. According to the author, this  
            bill will not only streamline the voter registration process  
            for people who cannot sign their name, but will also create  
            equal access to online voter registration for people using  
            signature stamps.

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