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          Date of Hearing:  April 15, 2015


                  ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON ELECTIONS AND REDISTRICTING


                           Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, Chair


          AB 646  
          (McCarty) - As Amended March 26, 2015


          SUBJECT:  Voter registration.


          SUMMARY:  Conforms the voter registration deadline, for  
          affidavits of registration that have been received by the wrong  
          county, to other voter registration deadlines in existing law.  
          Specifically, this bill provides that a voter's registration  
          that has been forwarded to a county elections official by a  
          different county elections official, is effective for all  
          elections occurring 15 or more days, as opposed to 29 or more  
          days, after receipt of the affidavit of registration by the  
          county elections official or his or her deputy to which the  
          affidavit is mailed or delivered by the voter.


          EXISTING LAW:  


          1)Permits the county elections official of any county in this  
            state to receive the affidavit of registration of any elector  
            who resides or claims residence in another county in this  
            state.  Requires the affidavit be forwarded to the county  
            elections official of the county in which the elector resides.  
             

          2)Requires the county elections official of the county in which  








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            the elector resides to use the affidavit of registration from  
            the other county as his or her permanent record.  Provides  
            that registration by this method is effective for all  
            elections occurring 29 or more days after receipt of the  
            affidavit of registration by the county elections official or  
            his or her deputy to which the affidavit is mailed or  
            delivered by the elector.

          3)Provides that a person may not be registered as a voter except  
            by affidavit of registration.  Provides that a properly  
            executed registration is deemed effective upon receipt of the  
            affidavit by the county elections official if received on or  
            before the 15th day prior to an election.

          FISCAL EFFECT:  Unknown.  State-mandated local program; contains  
          reimbursement direction.


          COMMENTS:  


          1)Purpose of the Bill:  According to the author:


               This bill is simply a technical conforming change to  
               current law, established under AB 1094 (Hertzberg,  
               Chaptered 2000), which moved the voter registration  
               deadline up from 29 days prior to an election to 15 days  
               prior to an election.  At the time, no similar change was  
               made dealing with voter registration affidavits which were  
               received by the wrong county.  As a result, there is  
               inconsistency within state law on voter registration  
               deadlines.  This bill simply makes the deadline standard,  
               across the state.  


          2)Voter Registration Deadline:  In 2000, the California  
            Legislature passed AB 1094 (Hertzberg), Chapter 899, Statutes  
            of 2000, which moved up the voter registration deadline from  








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            29 days prior to an election to 15 days prior to an election.   
            However, this bill did not make the corresponding changes to  
            sections of the law that deal with affidavits of registration  
            that are received by the wrong county, and as a result state  
            voter registration deadlines are inconsistent.



            This bill will change the timeframe an affidavit of  
            registration must be received in order to be processed if it  
            was mailed to the wrong county.  The timeframe established by  
            this bill is consistent with the voter registration deadline  
            under existing law.





          3)Previous Legislation:  AB 1201 (Fong), which is substantially  
            similar to this bill, was approved by the Assembly by a 78-0  
            vote, but not heard in the Senate Elections and Constitutional  
            Amendments Committee.  

          REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION:




          Support


          None on file.




          Opposition










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          None on file.




          Analysis Prepared by:Nichole Becker / E. & R. / (916) 319-2094