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          Date of Hearing:  April 27, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          AB  
          2455 (Chiu) - As Amended April 6, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   
          Yes


          SUMMARY:


          This bill:


          1)Requires the California State University (CSU) and the  
            California Community Colleges (CCC), and encourages the  
            University of California (UC), by July 1, 2018, to begin  
            allowing a person enrolling online at the institution to  








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            submit voter registration information electronically on the  
            Secretary of State's (SOS's) website.


          2)Declares legislative intent that enacting the above is a  
            preliminary measure toward establishing an automatic voter  
            registration system for those enrolled at the state's public  
            colleges and universities.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Minor absorbable costs to CSU, CCC, and UC to provide the a link  
          to the SOS's online voter registration website.


          COMMENTS:


          1)Background and Purpose. Following the launch of California's  
            online voter registration system, the Student Voter  
            Registration Act was updated by AB 1446 (Mullin), Chapter 593,  
            Statutes of 2014, required that an automated class  
            registration system permit students to apply to register to  
            vote online by submitting an affidavit of voter registration  
            electronically through the SOS's website.  According to an  
            annual report prepared by the SOS, in 2015, 14,669 students at  
            CCC, CSU, and UC campuses completed a voter registration  
            application online using the process established by the  
            Student Voter Registration Act.


            This bill would require the CCC and the CSU systems, and would  
            request the UC system, to create a similar process to the one  
            that exists under the Student Voter Registration Act, that  
            would allow a student to submit an electronic voter  
            registration affidavit at the time he or she enrolls online.









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          2)California New Motor Voter Program. AB 1461 (Gonzalez),  
            Chapter 729, Statutes of 2015, also known as the California  
            New Motor Voter Program (CNMVP), provides for every person who  
            submits an application for a driver's license or state  
            identification card, or provides the DMV with a change of  
            address, and who attests that he or she meets all voter  
            eligibility requirements, to be registered to vote, unless  
            that person opts out.  The process established under the CNMVP  
            is sometimes referred to as "automatic" or "automated" voter  
            registration. It is unlikely that CNMVP will be implemented  
            prior to the middle of 2017.


            This bill declares the intent of the Legislature to take  
            preliminary measures towards the establishment of an automatic  
            voter registration system for California citizens enrolled at  
            state public college and university campuses. As discussed in  
            the analysis of this bill by the Assembly Elections Committee,  
            there would be some significant technical obstacles, and very  
            significant costs, to implementing such a system similar to  
            CNMVP.


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