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

          SB 439 (Allen) - Election procedures:  conditional voter  
          registration:  ballot on demand systems
          
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          |Version: April 15, 2015         |Policy Vote: E. & C.A. 4 - 1    |
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          |Urgency: No                     |Mandate: No                     |
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          |Hearing Date: May 11, 2015      |Consultant: Maureen Ortiz       |
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          This bill does not meet the criteria for referral to the  
          Suspense File.




          


          Bill  
          Summary:  SB 439 authorizes counties to offer conditional voter  
          registration and provisional voting at satellite offices during  
          the 14 days preceding an election, and establishes criteria for  
          the use of ballot on demand voting systems.


          Fiscal  
          Impact:  

           Minor administrative costs to the Secretary of State (General  
            Fund)








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          The Secretary of State will incur minor costs for revising  
          existing regulations for purposes of certifying ballot on demand  
          systems. 

          Background:    Existing law allows individuals who are eligible  
          to vote to execute an affidavit of voter registration up to 15  
          days prior to an election.  In order to be eligible to vote, an  
          individual must be a United States citizen, a resident of  
          California, not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a  
          felony, not deemed mentally incompetent, and at least 18 years  
          of age at the time of the next election.  A properly executed  
          affidavit of voter registration is deemed effective upon receipt  
          by the elections official if postmarked or received on or before  
          the 15th day prior to an election to be held in the registrant's  
          precinct.

          AB 1436 (Feuer), Chapter 497, Statutes of 2012, provides for  
          Election Day voter registration in California but not until  
          January 1 following the year the Secretary of State (SOS) has  
          certified a new statewide voter database (known as VoteCal) as  
          required by the Help America Vote Act.  While AB 1436 requires  
          county elections officials to offer voter registration and  
          concurrent voting by provisional ballot at the official's  
          permanent office during the 14 days following the normal close  
          of registration through Election Day, that bill does not extend  
          the same authorization to electors at satellite office  
          locations.


          Existing law also requires the SOS to adopt regulations  
          governing the manufacture, finishing, quality standards,  
          distribution, and inventory control of ballot cards and requires  
          the biennial inspection of the manufacturing, finishing, and  
          storage facilities involving ballot cards, and to also approve  
          each ballot card manufacturer or finisher before a manufacturer  
          or finisher provides ballot cards for use in California  
          elections.















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          Proposed Law:  
            SB 439 does the following:
             1)   Authorizes counties to offer conditional voter  
               registration and provisional voting at satellite offices  
               during the 14 days preceding an election.


             2)   Requires the Secretary of State to certify ballot on  
               demand voting systems.


             3)   Requires the Secretary of State to promulgate  
               regulations for purposes of certifying ballot on demand  
               systems.


             4)   Defines "ballot on demand system" as a self-contained  
               system that allows users to do any of the following on an  
               as-needed basis:  


               a) manufacture or finish ballot sheets or unfinished ballot  
               cards, 


               b) manufacture and finish card stock, or, 


               c) finish unfinished ballot cards into ballot cards.




          Staff  
          Comments:  SB 439 will streamline the certification of ballot on  
          demand systems by allowing the Secretary of State to certify the  
          ballot on demands as systems instead of requiring each county to  
          seek individual approval.


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