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          Date of Hearing:  May 27, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          363 (Steinorth) - As Amended May 19, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill:


          1)Authorizes county elections officials, on election day, to  








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            begin accounting and processing polling place ballots during  
            the day, by delivery to a receiving center or central counting  
            place, instead of waiting until the closing of the polls, as  
            specified. 


          2)Requires the elections officials, to notify the public 48  
            hours before election day of the times and places where ballot  
            containers would be delivered per the above.


          3)Requires the Secretary of State (SOS) to adopt regulations  
            addressing the secure delivery and transfer of ballots per the  
            above.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          One-time General Fund costs of around $50,000 to the SOS to  
          adopt regulations.


          COMMENTS:


          1)Background. Once the polls close, current law requires members  
            of the precinct board to account for ballots delivered to them  
            whether voted, unused, spoiled, or canceled.  This process is  
            commonly known as ballot reconciliation.  Existing law  
            prohibits a ballot container from being opened until after the  
            polls are closed and further prohibits the removal of a ballot  
            container from a polling place until all ballots are counted.   
            Once reconciliation is completed ballot containers are allowed  
            to be delivered to their assigned receiving center or central  
            counting location for processing.











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          2)Purpose. This bill permits the ballot reconciliation process  
            to begin before the polls close, instead of after the polls  
            close, and allows ballot containers to be transported to a  
            receiving center or central counting place for ballot  
            reconciliation and processing before the polls close.  
            According to the author and the proponents, this new procedure  
            is a much needed option for county elections officials,  
            especially for counties with large land area. Proponents  
            contend this new ballot reconciliation process will provide  
            for more timely results, reduce election administrative costs,  
            and increase overall election efficiency.



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