Amended in Assembly July 7, 2015

Amended in Assembly June 15, 2015

Senate BillNo. 450


Introduced by Senators Allen and Hertzberg

(Principalbegin delete coauthor:end deletebegin insert coauthors:end insert Assemblybegin delete Member Gonzalez)end deletebegin insert Members Gonazlez and Mullin)end insert

February 25, 2015


An act to add Section 4005begin delete toend deletebegin insert to, and to add and repeal Section 4005.5 of,end insert the Elections Code, relating to elections.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 450, as amended, Allen. Elections: all-mailed ballot elections.

Existing law authorizes cities with a population ofbegin delete lessend deletebegin insert fewerend insert than 100,000 persons, school districts, and special districts to conduct an all-mailed ballot special election to fill a vacancy on the legislative or governing body of those entities under specified conditions.

This bill would, on or after January 1, 2018, authorize a county to conduct any election as an all-mailed ballot election if certain conditions are satisfied, including conditions related to ballot dropoff locations andbegin delete pollingend deletebegin insert voteend insert centers. The bill would require a county that conducts an all-mailed ballot election to report certain information to the Legislature and the Secretary of State regardingbegin delete the success of the firstend delete all-mailed ballotbegin delete electionend deletebegin insert electionsend insert conducted pursuant to these provisions.begin insert The bill would require the Secretary of State to report certain information to the Legislature regarding the success of the first all-mailed ballot election conduct pursuant to these provisions by a county.end insert

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The bill would also require the Secretary of State to establish a taskforce that includes certain individuals to review all-mailed ballot elections conducted pursuant to these provision and to provide comments and recommendations to the Legislature on or before April 1, 2021.

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Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: begin deleteno end deletebegin insertyesend insert. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 4005 is added to the Elections Code, to
2read:

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4005.  

(a) Notwithstanding Section 4000 or any other law, on
4or after January 1, 2018, a county may conduct any election as an
5all-mailed ballot election if all of the following apply:

6(1) (A) At leastbegin delete oneend deletebegin insert twoend insert ballot dropoffbegin delete location isend deletebegin insert locations areend insert
7 provided within the jurisdiction where the election is held or the
8number of ballot dropoff locations are fixed in a manner so that
9there is at least one ballot dropoff location provided for everybegin delete 5,000end delete
10begin insert 15,000end insert registered voters within the jurisdiction where the election
11is held, as determined on the 88th day before the day of the
12election, whichever results in more ballot dropoff locations.

13(B) A ballot dropoff location provided for under this section
14consists of abegin insert secure, accessible, andend insert locked ballot box begin delete located in
15a secure public building that meets the accessibility requirements
16for a polling place and is open during business hours to receive
17voted vote by mail ballots beginning not less than 14 days before
18the date of the election.end delete
begin insert able to receive voted ballots. All ballot
19dropoff locations shall be open at least during regular business
20hours beginning not less than 28 days before the date of the
21election, and on the date of the election. At least one ballot dropoff
22location shall be an accessible, secured, exterior drop box that is
23available for a minimum of 12 hours per day including regular
24business hours.end insert

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25(2) Ballot dropoff locations are placed in a manner that best
26serves the voters at accessible locations as near as possible to
27established public transportation routes.

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21 28(3)

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29begin insert(2)end insert The county elections official permits a voter residing in the
30county to do any of the following at abegin delete pollingend deletebegin insert voteend insert center:

31(A) Return, or vote and return, his or her vote by mail ballot.

P3    1(B) Register tobegin delete voteend deletebegin insert vote, update his or her voter registration,end insert
2 and vote pursuant to Section 2170.

3(C) Receive and vote a provisional ballot pursuant to Section
43016 or Article 5 (commencing with Section 14310) of Chapter 3
5of Division 14.

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6(4) Every polling center is open to voters not less than 10 days
7before the date of the election for a minimum of eight hours per
8day except that every polling center is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
9on the day of the election, except as provided in Section 14401.

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10(5) (A) At least one polling center is provided within the
11jurisdiction where the election is held or the number of polling
12centers are fixed in a manner so that there is at least one polling
13center provided for every 15,000 registered voters within the
14jurisdiction where the election is held, as determined on the 88th
15day before the day of the election, whichever results in more
16polling centers.

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17(D) Receive a replacement ballot upon verification that a ballot
18for the same election has not been received from the voter by the
19county elections official. If the county elections official is unable
20to determine if a ballot for the same election has been received
21from the voter, the county elections official may issue a provisional
22ballot.

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23(E) Vote a regular, provisional, or replacement ballot using
24accessible voting equipment that provides for a private and
25independent voting experience.

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26(3) (A) On the day of the election, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., at least
27one vote center is provided for every 15,000 registered voters
28within the jurisdiction where the election is held, as determined
29on the 88th day before the day of the election.

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30(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), for a jurisdiction with
31fewer than 30,000 registered voters, a minimum of two voter
32centers are provided on the day of the election within the
33jurisdiction where the election is held.

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34(4) (A) Not less than 10 days before the day of the election, for
35a minimum of eight hours per day, at least one vote center is
36provided for every 30,000 registered voters within the jurisdiction
37where the election is held, as determined on the 88th day before
38the day of the election.

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P4    1(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), for a jurisdiction with
2fewer than 30,000 registered voters, a minimum of two vote centers
3are provided within the jurisdiction where the election is held.

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16 4(B)

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5begin insert(C)end insert Thebegin delete pollingend deletebegin insert voteend insert centers provided under this section are
6established in accordance with the accessibility requirements
7described in Article 5 (commencing with Section 12280) of Chapter
83 of Division 12, the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of
91990 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.), the federal Help America
10Vote Act of 2002 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 20901 et seq.), and the federal
11Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.).

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23 12(C)

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13begin insert(D)end insert Thebegin delete pollingend deletebegin insert voteend insert centers provided under this section are
14established at accessible locations as near as possible to established
15public transportationbegin delete routes and areend deletebegin insert routes. The vote centers shall
16beend insert
equipped with voting units or systems that are accessible to
17individuals with disabilities and that provide the same opportunity
18for access and participation as is provided to voters who are not
19disabled, including the ability to vote privately and independently
20in accordance with Sections 12280 and 19240.

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21(E) (i) Vote centers provided under this section have an
22electronic mechanism for the county elections official to
23immediately access, at a minimum, all of the following voter
24registration data:

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25(I) Name.

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26(II) Address.

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27(III) Date of birth.

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28(IV) Language preference.

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29(V) Party preference.

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30(VI) Precinct.

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31(VII) Whether or not the voter has been issued a vote by mail
32ballot and whether or not a ballot has been received by the county
33elections official.

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34(ii) The electronic mechanism used to access voter registration
35data shall not be connected in any way to a voting system.

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36(5) A method is available to request and deliver a blank vote
37by mail ballot and, if a replacement ballot is necessary, a blank
38replacement ballot that voters with disabilities can mark privately
39and independently.

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31 P5    1(6)  (A)  Except as otherwise provided for in this section,
2begin delete precinctend deletebegin insert electionend insert boards for the begin delete pollingend deletebegin insert voteend insert centers established
3under this section meet the requirements for eligibility and
4composition pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section
512300) of Chapter 4 of Division 12.

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6(B) If a polling center is located in an area otherwise consisting
7of one or more precincts for which the county elections official is
8required to recruit precinct board members who are fluent in a
9language in addition to English pursuant to subdivision (c) of
10Section 12303 and the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52
11U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.), the county elections official makes
12reasonable efforts to ensure that the polling center is staffed by
13precinct board members who speak that language.

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14(B) Each vote center provides language assistance in all
15languages required in the jurisdiction under subdivision (c) of
16Section 12303 or Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act of
171965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.) in a manner that enables voters
18of the applicable language minority groups to participate
19effectively in the electoral process. Each vote center shall post
20information regarding the availability of language assistance in
21English and all other languages for which language assistance is
22required to be provided in the jurisdiction under subdivision (c)
23of Section 12303 or Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act
24of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.).

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25(i) If a vote center is located in, or adjacent to, a precinct, census
26tract, or other defined geographical subsection required to
27establish language requirements under subdivision (c) of Section
2812303 or Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52
29U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.), or if it is identified as needing language
30assistance through the public input process described in clause
31(ii), the county elections official shall ensure that the vote center
32is staffed by election board members who speak the required
33language. If the county elections official is unable to recruit
34election board members who speak the required language,
35alternative methods of effective language assistance shall be
36provided by the county elections official.

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37(ii) The county elections official shall solicit public input
38regarding which vote centers should be staffed by election board
39members who are fluent in a language in addition to English
40pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 12303 and Section 203 of
P6    1the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et
2seq.).

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3(iii) The county elections official shall provide notice in the
4sample ballot, in vote by mail materials, and on his or her Internet
5Web site of the specific language services available at each vote
6center.

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7(C) Each vote center provides election materials translated in
8all languages required in the jurisdiction under subdivision (c) of
9Section 14201 and Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act of
101965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.).

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11(D) Each vote center provides reasonable modifications and
12auxiliary aids and services as required by the federal American
13with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.).

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14(7) (A) begin deleteThe end deletebegin insertAt least 29 days before the date of the election, the end insert
15county elections officialbegin delete deliversend deletebegin insert mailsend insert to eachbegin insert registeredend insert voterbegin delete all
16supplies necessary for the use and return of the vote by mail ballot,
17including an envelope for theend delete
begin insert a vote by mail ballot packet that
18includes a return envelope with instructions for the use andend insert
return
19of thebegin delete votedend delete vote by mail ballot.

20(B) The county elections official delivers to each voter, with
21either the sample ballot sent pursuant to Section 13303 or with the
22vote by mailbegin delete ballot,end deletebegin insert ballot packet,end insert all of the following:

23(i) A notice, translated in all languages required under
24subdivision (c) of Section 14201 and Section 203 of the federal
25Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.), that
26informs voters of all of the following:

27(I) An all-mailed ballot election is being conducted and each
28eligible voter willbegin delete receiveend deletebegin insert be issuedend insert a vote by mail ballot by mail.

29(II) The voter may cast a vote by mail ballot in person at a
30begin delete pollingend deletebegin insert voteend insert center during the times and days specified in
31begin insert subparagraph (A) ofend insert paragraphbegin delete (4)end deletebegin insert (4)end insert or on election day.

32(III) begin deleteThe end deletebegin insertAt least seven days before the date of the election, the end insert
33voter may request the county elections official to send a vote by
34mail ballot in a language other than English pursuant to Section
35203 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101
36et seq.) or a facsimile copy of the ballot printed in a language other
37than English pursuant to Section 14201.

38(ii) A list of the ballot dropoff locations andbegin delete pollingend deletebegin insert voteend insert centers
39established pursuant to thisbegin delete section.end deletebegin insert section, including the dates
40and hours they are open.end insert
The list shall also be postedbegin insert in an
P7    1accessible formatend insert
on the Internet Web site of the county elections
2official.

3(iii) A postage-paid postcard that the voter may return to the
4county elections official for the purpose of requesting a vote by
5mail ballot in a language other than English.

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6(8) (A) The county elections official submits to the Secretary
7of State a voter education and outreach plan to be implemented
8by the county for any election conducted pursuant to this section.
9The voter education and outreach plan shall include, but shall not
10be limited to, all of the following:

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11(i) One education and outreach meeting that includes
12representatives, advocates, and other stakeholders representing
13each community for which the county is required to provide voting
14materials and assistance in a language other than English under
15subdivision (c) of Section 14201 and the federal Voting Rights
16Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.).

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17(ii) One education and outreach meeting that includes
18representatives from community organizations and individuals
19that advocate on behalf of, or provide services to, individuals with
20disabilities.

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21(iii) At least one bilingual voter education workshop for each
22language in which the county is required to provide voting
23materials and assistance under subdivision (c) of Section 14201
24and the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101
25et seq.).

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26(iv) At least one voter education workshop to increase
27accessibility for participation of eligible voters with disabilities.

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28(C) Upon request, the county elections official provides written
29voting materials to voters with disabilities in an accessible format.

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30(8) (A) The county elections official develops a draft plan for
31the administration of elections conducted pursuant to this section
32in consultation with the public, including both of the following:

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33(i) One meeting, publicly noticed at least 10 days in advance
34of the meeting, that includes representatives, advocates, and other
35stakeholders representing each community for which the county
36is required to provide voting materials and assistance in a
37language other than English under subdivision (c) of Section 14201
38and the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101
39et seq.).

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P8    1(ii) One meeting, publicly noticed at least 10 days in advance
2of the meeting, that includes representatives from the disability
3community and community organizations and individuals that
4advocate on behalf of, or provide services to, individuals with
5disabilities.

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6(B) The county elections official, when developing the draft plan
7for the administration of elections conducted pursuant to this
8section, considers, at a minimum, all of the following:

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9(i) Vote center and ballot dropoff location proximity to public
10transportation.

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11(ii) Vote center and ballot dropoff location proximity to
12communities with historically low vote by mail usage.

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13(iii) Vote center and ballot dropoff location proximity to
14population centers.

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15(iv) Vote center and ballot dropoff location proximity to
16language minority communities.

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17(v) Vote center and ballot dropoff location proximity to voters
18with disabilities.

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19(vi) Access to accessible and free parking at vote centers and
20ballot dropoff locations.

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21(vii) The distance and time a voter must travel by car or public
22transportation to a vote center and ballot dropoff location.

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23(viii) The availability of alternate methods for voters with
24disabilities for whom vote by mail ballot are not accessible to cast
25a ballot.

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26(ix) Traffic patterns near vote centers and ballot dropoff
27locations.

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28(x) The availability of mobile vote centers in addition to the
29number of vote centers established pursuant to this section.

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30(C) The county elections official publicly notices the draft plan
31for the administration of elections conducted pursuant to this
32section and accepts public comments on the draft plan for at least
3314 days before the hearing held pursuant to subparagraph (D).

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34(D) (i) Following the 14-day review period required by
35subparagraph (C), the county elections official holds a public
36meeting to consider the draft plan for the administration of
37elections conducted pursuant to this section and to accept public
38comment. The meeting shall be publicly noticed at least 10 days
39in advance of the meeting on the Internet Web sites of the clerk of
40the county board of supervisors and the county elections official,
P9    1or, if neither the clerk of the county board of supervisors nor the
2county elections official maintain an Internet Web site, in the office
3of the county elections official.

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4(ii) After the public hearing to consider the draft plan for the
5administration of elections conducted pursuant to this section and
6to accept public comments, the county elections official may amend
7the draft plan. The county elections official shall publicly notice
8the amended draft plan and shall accept public comments on the
9amended draft plan for at least 14 days before the county elections
10official may adopt the amended draft plan pursuant to
11subparagraph (E).

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12(E) Following the 14-day review and comment period required
13by clause (ii) of subparagraph (D), the county elections may adopt
14a final plan for the administration of elections conducted pursuant
15to this section.

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16(F) Public meetings held pursuant to this paragraph shall, upon
17request, provide auxiliary aids and services to ensure effective
18communication with people with disabilities.

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19(G) Within two years of the adoption of the first plan for the
20administration of elections conducted pursuant to this section, the
21county elections official shall hold public meetings in accordance
22with the procedures described in subparagraphs (C) to (F),
23inclusive, to consider revising the first plan for the administration
24of elections conducted pursuant to this section. Every four years
25thereafter, the county elections official shall hold public meetings
26in accordance with the procedures described in subparagraphs
27(C) to (F), inclusive, to consider revising the plan for the
28administration of elections conducted pursuant to this section.

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29(H) (i) With reasonable public notification, a county elections
30official may amend a plan for the administration of elections
31conducted pursuant to this section no more than 120 days before
32the date of an election held pursuant to this section.

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33(ii) With reasonable public notification, a county elections
34official may amend a plan for the administration of elections
35conducted pursuant to this section more than 120 days before the
36date of an election held pursuant to this section if he or she
37provides at least 30 days to accept public comment on the amended
38plan.

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39(I) The plan for the administration of elections conducted
40pursuant to this section, includes all of the following:

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P10   1(i) A description of how the county elections official will use
2the media, including social media, newspapers, radio, and
3television that serve language minority communities for purposes
4of informing voters of the upcoming election and promoting the
5toll-free voter assistance hotline.

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6(ii) A description of how the county elections official will have
7a community presence to educate voters regarding the provisions
8of this section.

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9(iii) A description of the accessible information that will be
10publicly available on the accessible Internet Web site of the county
11elections official.

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12(iv) A description of how the county elections official will
13educate and communicate the provisions of this section to the
14public, including:

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15(I) Communities for which the county is required to provide
16voting materials and assistance in a language other than English
17under subdivision (c) of Section 14201 and the federal Voting
18Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.).

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19(II) The disability community, including organizations and
20individuals that advocate on behalf of, or provide services to,
21individuals with disabilities.

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22(v) A description of how a voter with disabilities may request
23and receive a blank vote by mail ballot and, if a replacement ballot
24is necessary, a blank replacement ballot that voters with disabilities
25can mark privately and independently.

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26(vi) A description of how the county elections official will
27address significant disparities in voter accessibility and
28participation identified in the reports required by subdivision (f).

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29(vii) To the extent available at the time of publication,
30information on all of the following:

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31(I) The total number of vote centers to be established.

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32(II) The total number of ballot dropoff locations to be
33established.

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34(III) The location of each vote center.

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35(IV) The location of each ballot dropoff location and whether
36it is inside or outside.

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37(V) A map of the locations of each vote center and ballot dropoff
38location.

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39(VI) The hours of operation for each vote center.

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40(VII) The hours of operation for each ballot dropoff location.

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P11   1(VIII) The security and contingency plans that would be
2implemented by the county elections official to do both of the
3following:

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4(ia) Prevent a disruption of the vote center process.

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5(ib) Ensure that the election is properly conducted if a disruption
6occurs.

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7(IX) The number of election board members and the number of
8bilingual election board members and the languages spoken.

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9(X) The type and number of accessible voting machines and
10related accessible services at each vote center.

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11(XI) The design, layout, and placement of equipment inside each
12voter center that protects each voter’s right to cast a private ballot.

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13(v)

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14begin insert(viii)end insert A toll-free voter assistance hotline maintained by the
15county elections official that is operational no later than 29 days
16before the date of the election until 5 p.m. on the day after the
17election. The toll-free voter assistance hotline shall provide
18assistance to voters in all languages in which the county is required
19to provide voting materials and assistance under subdivision (c)
20of Section 14201 and the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52
21U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.).

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22(vi)

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23begin insert(ix)end insert At least one public service announcement in the media,
24including newspapers, radio, and television, that serve
25English-speaking citizens for purposes of informing voters of the
26upcoming election and promoting the toll-free voter assistance
27hotline.

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28(vii)

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29begin insert(x)end insert At least one public service announcement in the media,
30including newspapers, radio, and television, that serve
31non-English-speaking citizens for each language in which the
32county is required to provide voting materials and assistance under
33subdivision (c) of Section 14201 and the federal Voting Rights
34Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.) for purposes of
35informing voters of the upcoming election and promoting the
36toll-free voter assistance hotline.

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37(viii) A voter education social media strategy that is developed
38in partnership with community organizations and individuals that
39advocate on behalf of, or provide services to, non-English-speaking
40individuals and individuals with disabilities.

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2begin insert(J)end insert Thebegin delete voter education and outreach planend deletebegin insert plan for the
3administration of elections conduct pursuant to this sectionend insert
is
4postedbegin insert in a format that is accessible to persons with disabilitiesend insert
5 on the Internet Web site of the Secretary of State and on the Internet
6Web site of the county elections official.

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7(b) Notwithstanding Section 4002 or any other law, on or after
8January 1, 2018, a county elections official may conduct a special
9election as an all-mailed ballot election under this section if all
10of the following apply:

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11(1) (A) On the day of election, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., at least
12one vote center is provided for every 30,000 registered voters. The
13county elections official shall make a reasonable effort to establish
14a vote center within the jurisdiction where the special election is
15held.

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16(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), for a jurisdiction with
17fewer than 30,000 registered voters, the county elections official
18makes a reasonable effort to establish a vote center.

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19(2) (A) Not less than 10 days before the day of the election, for
20a minimum of eight hours per day, at least one vote center is
21provided for every 60,000 registered voters. The county elections
22official shall make a reasonable effort to establish a vote center
23within the jurisdiction where the special election is held.

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24(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), for a jurisdiction with
25fewer than 30,000 registered voters, the county elections official
26makes a reasonable effort to establish a vote center.

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27(3) (A) At least one ballot dropoff location is provided for every
2815,000 registered voters. At least one ballot dropoff location shall
29be located within the jurisdiction where the special election is
30held. All ballot dropoff locations shall be open at least during
31regular business hours beginning not less than 28 days before the
32date of the election, and on the date of the election.

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33(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), for a jurisdiction with
34fewer than 15,000 registered voters, at least one ballot dropoff
35location shall be provided.

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P6   1 36(b)

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37begin insert(c)end insert Except as otherwise provided in this section, the election
38day procedures shall be conducted in accordance with Division
3914 (commencing with Section 14000).

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4 40(c)

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P13   1begin insert(d)end insert The county elections official may provide, at his or her
2discretion, additional ballot dropoff locations andbegin delete pollingend deletebegin insert voteend insert
3 centers for purposes of this section.

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7 4(d)

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5begin insert(e)end insert The return of voted vote by mail ballots is subject to Sections
63017 and 3020.

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9 7(e)

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8begin insert(f)end insert For the sole purpose of reporting the results of an election
9conducted pursuant to this section, upon completion of the ballot
10count, the county elections official shall divide the jurisdiction
11into precincts pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section
1212220) of Chapter 3 of Division 12 and shall prepare a statement
13of the results of the election in accordance with Sections 15373
14and 15374.

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16 15(f)

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16begin insert(g)end insert (1) begin insert(A)end insertbegin insertend insert If an election is conducted pursuant to this section,
17thebegin delete end deletebegin deletecountyend deletebegin insert Secretary of Stateend insert shall report to the Legislaturebegin delete and to
18the Secretary of Stateend delete
regarding the success of the first election
19conducted pursuant to this section, including,begin delete but not limited to,
20all of the following:end delete
begin insert to the extent possible, end insertbegin insertthe turnout of different
21populations, includingend insert
begin insert the population categories of race, ethnicity,
22language preference, age, gender, disability, permanent vote by
23mail status, and political party affiliation as it relates to the
24languages required under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965
25(52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.).end insert

begin delete

26(A) Any statistics on the cost to conduct the election.

end delete
begin delete

21 27(B)

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28The turnout of different populations, including, but not limited
29to, and to the extent possible, the population categories of race,
30ethnicity, language preference, age, gender, disability, permanent
31vote by mail status, and political party affiliation as it relates to
32the languages required under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965
33(52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.).

end delete
begin insert

34(B) If an election is conducted pursuant to this section, the
35county shall submit to the Legislature and to the Secretary of State
36a report that includes all of the following:

end insert
begin insert

37(i) Information on the cost to conduct the election.

end insert
begin delete

27 38(C)

end delete

39begin insert(ii)end insert The number of ballots that were not counted and the reasons
40they werebegin delete rejected.end deletebegin insert not counted.end insert

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29 P14   1(D)

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2begin insert(iii)end insert Voter fraud.

begin delete

30 3(E)

end delete

4begin insert(iv)end insert Any other problems that became known to the county during
5the election or canvass.

begin insert

6(v) The number of votes cast at each vote center.

end insert

7(2) Whenever possible, using the criteria set forth in paragraph
8(1), thebegin delete reportend deletebegin insert reportsend insert shall compare the election conducted
9pursuant to this section to similar elections not conducted pursuant
10to this section in the same jurisdiction or comparable jurisdictions.

11(3) Within six months after the date of the election or before
12the date of a subsequent election conducted pursuant to this section,
13whichever is sooner,begin delete a countyend deletebegin insert the Secretary of State and countiesend insert
14 shall do all of the following with respect to thebegin delete reportend deletebegin insert reportsend insert
15 required by this subdivision:

16(A) Submit thebegin delete reportend deletebegin insert reportsend insert to the Legislature in compliance
17with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

begin delete

18(B) Submit the report to the Secretary of State.

end delete
begin delete

4 19(C)

end delete

20begin insert(B)end insert Post thebegin delete reportend deletebegin insert reports in a format that is accessible to voters
21with disabilitiesend insert
on the Internet Web site of thebegin insert Secretary of State
22or theend insert
county electionsbegin delete official.end deletebegin insert official, as applicable.end insert

begin insert

23(h) The Secretary of State shall enforce the provisions of this
24section pursuant to Section 12172.5 of the Government Code.

end insert
begin insert

25(i) For purposes of this section, “disability” has the same
26meaning as defined in subdivisions (j), (m), and (n) of Section
2712926 of the Government Code.

end insert
28begin insert

begin insertSEC. 2.end insert  

end insert

begin insertSection 4005.5 is added to the end insertbegin insertElections Codeend insertbegin insert, to read:end insert

begin insert
29

begin insert4005.5.end insert  

(a) The Secretary of State shall establish a taskforce
30that includes representatives of all of the following:

31(1) County elections officials.

32(2) Individuals with demonstrated language accessibility
33experience for languages covered under the federal Voting Rights
34Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.).

35(3) The disability community and community organizations and
36individuals that advocate on behalf of, or provide services to,
37individuals with disabilities.

38(4) Experts with demonstrated experience in the field of
39elections.

P15   1(b) The taskforce shall review elections conducted pursuant to
2Section 4005 and provide comments and recommendations to the
3Legislature on or before April 1, 2021.

4(c) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2022,
5and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that
6is enacted before January 1, 2022, deletes or extends that date.

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