[Approved by Governor September 29, 2016. Filed with Secretary of State September 29, 2016.]
AB 1494, Levine. Voting: marked ballots.
Existing law prohibits a voter from showing his or her ballot to any person after it is marked in such a way as to reveal its contents. Existing law provides that a person who interferes or attempts to interfere with the secrecy of voting is guilty of a felony, and authorizes the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, or a local elections official to bring an action to impose additional civil penalties for committing those acts.
This bill would create an exception to that prohibition that would permit a voter to voluntarily disclose how he or she voted if that voluntary act does not violate any other law.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 14276 of the Elections Code is repealed.
Section 14291 of the Elections Code is amended to read:
(a) After the ballot is marked, a voter shall not show it to any person in a manner that reveals its contents, except as provided in subdivision (b).
(b) A voter may voluntarily disclose how he or she voted if that voluntary act does not violate any other law.