AB 1443, as amended, Chau. Voters: language accessibility.
Existing law establishes the Secretary of State as the chief elections officer of the state and requires that he or she ensure that elections are efficiently conducted and that state election laws are enforced. Existing law declares the intent of the Legislature that non-English-speaking citizens, like all other citizens, should be encouraged to vote and that appropriate efforts should be made to minimize obstacles to voting by citizens who lack sufficient skill in English to vote without assistance.
This bill would require the Secretary of State to establish a Language Accessibility Advisory Committee. The committee would consist of the Secretary of State, his or her designees, and additional members appointed by the Secretary of State who either have demonstrated language accessibility experience or are county elections officials. The bill would require the Secretary of State to consult with and consider the recommendations of the committee.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 2600) is
2added to Division 2 of the Elections Code, to read:
The Secretary of State shall establish a Language
begin delete Committee.end delete The committee shall
9consist of the
10Secretary of State and his or her designee or designees and
11additional members appointed by the Secretary of State. The
12appointees shall either have demonstrated language accessibility
13experience or be a county elections
15official. The Secretary of State shall consult with and
17consider the recommendations of the committee. The committee
18shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Secretary of State.