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          SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                             Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair
                            2015 - 2016  Regular  Session

          AB 2455 (Chiu) - Electronic voter registration:  public  
          postsecondary educational institutions
          
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          |Version: June 16, 2016          |Policy Vote: ED. 7 - 2, E. &    |
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          |Urgency: No                     |Mandate: Yes                    |
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          |Hearing Date: August 1, 2016    |Consultant: Jillian Kissee      |
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          This bill does not meet the criteria for referral to the  
          Suspense File.







          Bill  
          Summary:  This bill requires by July 1, 2018, the California  
          State University (CSU) and the California Community Colleges  
          (CCC) to implement a process and the infrastructure to allow a  
          person who enrolls online at the institution to register to vote  
          on the Secretary of State's (SOS) website.  This bill encourages  
          the University of California (UC) to coordinate with the SOS to  
          do the same.


          Fiscal  
          Impact:  







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           Minor costs to the CSU, CCC, and UC to provide a link or  
            redirect students online to the SOS website regarding voter  
            registration.
           Unknown, but likely minor costs to SOS related to the increase  
            in printing the Voter Information Guide.


          Background:  Existing law requires every campus of the CCC and CSU that  
          operates an automated class registration system to permit  
          students, through the automated registration process, to apply  
          to register to vote online by submitting an affidavit of voter  
          registration electronically on the SOS's website.  Existing law  
          requests campuses of the UC to comply with this process.   
          Campuses achieve this by providing a link to the SOS website on  
          the college's online course registration, whereby students  
          submit an affidavit of voter registration electronically to the  
          SOS.  This bill essentially requires campuses to provide this  
          link when students enroll at the campus online.
          Existing law requires, pursuant to the California New Motor  
          Voter Program, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to  
          transfer records to the SOS of each 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.   
          Existing law provides that the records of a person that are  
          transmitted from the DMV to the SOS pursuant to this provision  
          constitutes a completed affidavit of voter registration for that  
          person unless: (1) the person declines to register to vote at  
          the DMV; (2) the person does not attest that he or she meets all  
          voter eligibility requirements while at the DMV; and (3) the SOS  
          determines that the person is not eligible to register to vote.


          According to the author's office, "Young people and students  
          tend to have less geographic stability than other eligible  
          voters.  Since they move more often, voter pamphlets and other  
          election paraphernalia are often sent to their parents' homes or  
          are lost in the mail.  Such instability also leads to confusion  
          over where they can vote or how they can change their voter  
          registration address.  Additionally, many students do not have  
          driver's licenses or are newer drivers and thus may not interact  
          with the DMV and be included in the Motor Voter program."










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          Proposed Law:  
            This bill requires by July 1, 2018, the CSU and the CCC to  
          implement a process and the infrastructure to allow a person who  
          enrolls online at the institution to submit an affidavit of  
          voter registration to SOS electronically.  This bill encourages  
          the UC to coordinate with the SOS to do the same.
          This bill includes legislative intent in enacting this bill, to  
          take preliminary measures towards the establishment of an  
          automatic voter registration system for California citizens  
          enrolled in public postsecondary education.




          Staff  
          Comments:  This bill includes legislative intent to take  
          preliminary measures towards the establishment of an automatic  
          voter registration system for California citizens enrolled in  
          public postsecondary education.  As stated in the Assembly  
          Elections and Redistricting Committee analysis, if the intent is  
          to eventually move toward a voter registration process at  
          postsecondary institutions that is similar to the California New  
          Motor Voter process, there are a number of obstacles that will  
          need to be overcome before such a process is feasible.  These  
          obstacles include the lack of digitized signatures on file at  
          the CSU and CCC which are taken from driver's licenses in the  
          DMV process for voter registration purposes.  Also, the DMV's  
          computer systems already have an interface with the state's  
          voter registration system for validating and updating voter  
          registrations.  This interface does not exist at CSU and CCC.   
          Therefore, creating a system similar to the California New Motor  
          Voter Program would likely require significant resources.


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