Amended in Senate June 23, 2015

Amended in Assembly March 26, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1443


Introduced by Assembly Member Chau

February 27, 2015


An act to add Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 2600) to Division 2 of the Elections Code, relating to voters.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

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 ofbegin insert at least 15 members and would includeend insert the Secretary of State, his or her designees, and additional members appointed by the Secretary of State who either have demonstrated language accessibility experiencebegin insert for languages covered under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965end insert 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:

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SECTION 1.  

Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 2600) is
2added to Division 2 of the Elections Code, to read:

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4Chapter  8. Language Accessibility
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2600.  

The Secretary of State shall establish a Language
7Accessibility Advisorybegin delete Committee.end deletebegin insert Committee which shall meet
8no less than four times each calendar year.end insert
The committee shall
9consistbegin insert of no less than fifteen members and be comprisedend insert 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
13experiencebegin insert for languages covered under the federal Voting Rights
14Act of 1965 end insert
begin insert(52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.)end insert or be a county elections
15official. begin insertAt least three county elections officials shall be appointed
16to the committee. end insert
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.



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