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          Date of Hearing:  July 8, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          SB 365  
          (Pavley) - As Amended May 4, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill:


          1)Authorizes county elections officials to establish vote by  








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            mail (VBM) ballot drop-off locations, as specified.


          2)Requires the Secretary of State (SOS), by January 1, 2017, to  
            promulgate regulations establishing best practices for  
            security measures and procedures that a county elections  
            official may use if establishing one or more VBM ballot  
            drop-off locations.  


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Minor one-time General Fund costs (around $55,000) for the SOS  
          to promulgate the regulations.


          COMMENTS:


          1)Background. While existing law does not specifically address  
            VBM ballot drop-off locations, in practice, an unknown number  
            of counties currently establish VBM drop-off sites. For  
            example, Sacramento County designates facilities throughout  
            the county where voters can drop-off their voted VBM ballot  
            prior to election day. The county requires that all facilities  
            be accessible to voters with disabilities and have at least  
            one person monitor the station. Sites include city halls,  
            county departments, assisted living facilities, local  
            businesses, non-profit and community organizations, and  
            facilities that already serve as polling places on election  
            day. A list of the VBM drop-off sites is included in  
            Sacramento County's sample ballot booklets.



          2)Purpose. According to the author, "Presently, there is an  
            ambiguity in current law around additional drop-off locations  
            that may be creating a potential barrier to counties seeking  








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            to expand this service.  For example, in the November 2014  
            election, Los Angeles County, which has a population of more  
            than 10 million people and is over 4,700 square miles in size,  
            had one drop-off location?"



            "SB 365 will clarify that additional drop off locations are  
            valid methods of delivering VBM ballots to the elections  
            official. In addition, the measure ensures the safety of these  
            drop-off locations by directing the Secretary of State to  
            establish suggested best practices for counties that choose to  
            implement VBM drop-off locations."


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