Amended in Assembly June 21, 2016

Amended in Assembly July 7, 2015

Amended in Assembly June 15, 2015

Senate BillNo. 450


Introduced by Senators Allen and Hertzberg

(Principal coauthors: Assembly Membersbegin delete Gonazlezend deletebegin insert Gonzalezend insert and Mullin)

February 25, 2015


An act tobegin delete add Section 4005end deletebegin insert amend Sections 3017 and 15320 of, to add Sections 4005, 4006, and 4007end insert to, and to add and repeal Sectionbegin delete 4005.5end deletebegin insert 4008end insert of, the Elections Code, relating to elections.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 450, as amended, Allen. Elections:begin delete all-mailed ballot elections.end deletebegin insert vote by mail voting and mail ballot elections.end insert

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Existing law requires all vote by mail ballots to be voted on or before the day of the election. Existing law authorizes a vote by mail voter who is unable to return his or her vote by mail ballot to designate his or her spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, or a person residing in the same household as the voter to return the ballot, as specified. Existing law prohibits a vote by mail voter’s ballot from being returned by specified persons, including, among others, a paid or volunteer worker of a political party.

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This bill would remove those restrictions and instead authorize a vote by mail voter who is unable to return his or her vote by mail ballot to designate any person to return the ballot.

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Existing law authorizes cities with a population of fewer 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, authorizebegin delete a countyend deletebegin insert specified counties, and on or after January 1, 2020, authorize any county except the County of Los Angeles,end insert to conduct any election as an all-mailed ballot election if certain conditions are satisfied, including conditions related to ballot dropoffbegin delete locations and vote 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 regarding all-mailed ballot elections conducted pursuant to these provisions.end deletebegin insert locations, vote centers, and plans for the administration of all-mailed ballot elections.end insert The bill would require the Secretary ofbegin delete Stateend deletebegin insert State, within 6 months of each all-mailed ballot election conducted by a county pursuant to these provisions,end insert to report certain information to the Legislature regardingbegin delete the success of the first all-mailed ballot election conduct pursuant to these provisions by a county.end deletebegin insert that election. The bill would require the county that conducted the all-mailed ballot election to submit to the Secretary of State the information needed for the Secretary of State to prepare the report.end insert

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This bill would, on or after January 1, 2020, authorize the County of Los Angeles to conduct any election as a vote center election if certain conditions are satisfied, including conditions related to ballot dropoff location and vote centers. The bill would, on or after January 1, 2020, authorize the County of Los Angeles to conduct a special election as an all-mailed ballot election pursuant to specified provisions that apply to every county that chooses to conduct a special election as an all-mailed ballot election.

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begin deleteThe end deletebegin insertThis end insertbill would also require the Secretary of State to establish a taskforce that includes certain individuals to review all-mailed ballot elections conducted pursuant to thesebegin delete provisionend deletebegin insert provisionsend insert and to provide comments and recommendations to the Legislaturebegin delete on or before April 1, 2021.end deletebegin insert within 6 months of each all-mailed ballot election or vote center election.end insert

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

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

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begin insertSECTION 1.end insert  

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begin insertSection 3017 of the end insertbegin insertElections Codeend insertbegin insert is amended
2to read:end insert

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3017.  

(a) All vote by mail ballots cast under this division shall
2be voted on or before the day of the election. After marking the
3ballot, the vote by mail voter shall do any of the following: (1)
4return the ballot by mail or in person to the elections officialbegin delete from
5whom it came,end delete
begin insert who issued the ballot,end insert (2) return the ballot in person
6to a member of a precinct board at a polling placebegin insert or vote centerend insert
7 within thebegin delete jurisdiction,end deletebegin insert state,end insert or (3) return the ballot tobegin delete the elections
8official from whom it came atend delete
a vote by mail ballotbegin delete drop-off
9location, ifend delete
begin insert dropoff location within the state that isend insert provided
10pursuant to Sectionbegin delete 3025.end deletebegin insert 3025 or 4005.end insert However, a vote by mail
11voter who is unable to return the ballot may designatebegin delete his or her
12spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, or
13a person residing in the same household as the vote by mail voterend delete

14begin insert any personend insert to return the ballot to the elections officialbegin delete from whom
15it came orend delete
begin insert who issued the ballot,end insert to the precinct board at a polling
16placebegin insert or vote centerend insert within thebegin delete jurisdiction.end deletebegin insert state, or to a vote by
17mail ballot dropoff location within the state that is provided
18pursuant to Section 3025 or 4005.end insert
The ballot must, however, be
19received bybegin delete eitherend delete the elections officialbegin delete from whom it came orend deletebegin insert who
20issued the ballot,end insert
the precinctbegin delete boardend deletebegin insert board, or the vote by mail
21ballot dropoff locationend insert
before the close of the polls on election
22day.begin insert If a vote by mail ballot is returned to a precinct board at a
23polling place or vote center, or to a vote by mail ballot dropoff
24location, that is located in a county that is not the county of the
25elections official who issued the ballot, the elections official for
26the county in which the vote by mail ballot is returned shall forward
27the ballot to the elections official who issued the ballot no later
28than eight days after receipt.end insert

29(b) The elections official shall establish procedures to ensure
30the secrecy of a ballot returned to a precinct polling place and the
31security, confidentiality, and integrity of any personal information
32collected, stored, or otherwise used pursuant to this section.

33(c) On or before March 1, 2008, the elections official shall
34establish procedures to track and confirm the receipt of voted vote
35by mail ballots and to make this information available by means
36of online access using the county’s elections division Internet Web
37site. If the county does not have an elections division Internet Web
38site, the elections official shall establish a toll-free telephone
39number that may be used to confirm the date a voted vote by mail
40ballot was received.

P4    1(d) The provisions of this section are mandatory, not directory,
2and a ballot shall not be counted if it is not delivered in compliance
3with this section.

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4(e) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), a vote by mail voter’s ballot
5shall not be returned by a paid or volunteer worker of a general
6purpose committee, controlled committee, independent expenditure
7committee, political party, candidate’s campaign committee, or
8any other group or organization at whose behest the individual
9designated to return the ballot is performing a service. However,
10this subdivision does not apply to a candidate or a candidate’s
11spouse.

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

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4005.  

(a) Notwithstanding Section 4000 or any other law, on
15or after January 1, 2018,begin delete a countyend deletebegin insert the counties of Calaveras, Inyo,
16Madera, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo,
17San Mateo, Santa Clara, Shasta, Sierra, Sutter, and Tuolumne,
18and,end insert
begin insert except as provided in Section 4007, on or after January 1,
192020, any countyend insert
may conduct any election as an all-mailed ballot
20election if all of the following apply:

21(1) (A) At least two ballot dropoff locations are provided within
22the jurisdiction where the election is held or the number of ballot
23dropoff locations are fixed in a manner so that there is at least one
24ballot dropoff location provided for every 15,000 registered voters
25within the jurisdiction where the election is held, as determined
26on the 88th day before the day of the election, whichever results
27in more ballot dropoff locations.begin insert For purposes of this
28subparagraph, a vote center that includes an exterior ballot drop
29box counts only as a single ballot dropoff location. Ballot dropoff
30locations shall comply with the regulations adopted pursuant to
31subdivision (b) of Section 3025.end insert

32(B) A ballot dropoff location provided for under this section
33consists of a secure, accessible, and locked ballot boxbegin insert located as
34near as possible to established public transportation routes and
35that isend insert
able to receive voted ballots. All ballot dropoff locations
36shall be open at least during regular business hours beginning not
37less than 28 days before the date of the election, and on the date
38of the election. At least one ballot dropoff location shall be an
39accessible, secured, exterior drop box that is available for a
40minimum of 12 hours per day including regular business hours.

P5    1(2) begin insert(A)end insertbegin insertend insert The county elections official permits a voter residing
2in the county to do any of the following at a vote center:

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31 3(A)

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4begin insert(i)end insert Return, or vote and return, his or her vote by mail ballot.

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P3   1 5(B)

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6begin insert(ii)end insert Register to vote, update his or her voter registration, and
7vote pursuant to Section 2170.

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3 8(C)

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9begin insert(iii)end insert Receive and vote a provisional ballot pursuant to Section
103016 or Article 5 (commencing with Section 14310) of Chapter 3
11of Division 14.

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17 12(D)

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13begin insert(iv)end insert Receive a replacement ballot upon verification that a ballot
14for the same election has not been received from the voter by the
15county elections official. If the county elections official is unable
16to determine if a ballot for the same election has been received
17from the voter, the county elections official may issue a provisional
18ballot.

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23 19(E)

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20begin insert(v)end insert Vote a regular, provisional, or replacement ballot using
21accessible voting equipment that provides for a private and
22independent voting experience.

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23
(B) Each vote center shall have at least three voting machines
24that are accessible to voters with disabilities.

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25(3) (A) On the day of the election, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.,
26begin insert inclusive, and on each of the three days before the election, for a
27minimum of eight hours per day,end insert
at least one vote center is provided
28for everybegin delete 15,000end deletebegin insert 10,000end insert registered voters within the jurisdiction
29where the election is held, as determined on the 88th day before
30the day of the election.begin insert At least 90 percent of the number of vote
31centers required by this subparagraph shall be open for all four
32days during the required times. Up to 10 percent of the number of
33vote centers required by this subparagraph may be open for less
34than four days if at least one vote center is provided for every
3510,000 registered voters on each day.end insert

36(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), for a jurisdiction with
37fewer thanbegin delete 30,000end deletebegin insert 20,000end insert registered voters, a minimum of two
38voter centers are provided on the day of the electionbegin insert and on each
39of the three days before the electionend insert
within the jurisdiction where
40the election is held.

P6    1(4) (A) begin deleteNot less than end deletebegin insertBeginning end insert10 days before the day of the
2begin delete election,end deletebegin insert election and continuing daily up to and including the
3fourth day before the election,end insert
for a minimum of eight hours per
4day, at least one vote center is provided for everybegin delete 30,000end deletebegin insert 50,000end insert
5 registered voters within the jurisdiction where the election is held,
6as determined on the 88th day before the day of the election.

7(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), for a jurisdiction with
8fewer thanbegin delete 30,000end deletebegin insert 50,000end insert registered voters, a minimum of two
9vote centers are provided within the jurisdiction where the election
10is held.

11(C) The vote centers provided under this section are established
12in accordance with the accessibility requirements described in
13Article 5 (commencing with Section 12280) of Chapter 3 of
14Division 12, the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
15(42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.), the federal Help America Vote Act
16of 2002 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 20901 et seq.), and the federal Voting
17Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.).

18(D) The vote centers provided under this section arebegin insert equitably
19distributed across the county so as to afford maximally convenient
20options for voters and areend insert
established at accessible locations as
21near as possible to established public transportation routes. The
22vote centers shall be equipped with voting units or systems that
23are accessible to individuals with disabilities and that provide the
24same opportunity for access and participation as is provided to
25voters who are not disabled, including the ability to vote privately
26and independently in accordance with Sections 12280 and 19240.

27(E) (i) begin deleteVote end deletebegin insertThe vote end insertcenters provided under this section have
28an electronic mechanism for the county elections official to
29immediately access, at a minimum, all of the following voter
30registration data:

31(I) Name.

32(II) Address.

33(III) Date of birth.

34(IV) Language preference.

35(V) Party preference.

36(VI) Precinct.

37(VII) Whether or not the voter has been issued a vote by mail
38ballot and whether or not a ballot has been received by the county
39elections official.

P7    1(ii) The electronic mechanism used to access voter registration
2data shall not be connected in any way to a voting system.

3(5) A method is availablebegin insert for voters with disabilitiesend insert to request
4andbegin delete deliverend deletebegin insert receiveend insert a blank vote by mail ballot and, if a replacement
5ballot is necessary, a blank replacement ballot that voters with
6disabilities canbegin insert read andend insert mark privately andbegin delete independently.end delete
7
begin insert independently pursuant to the federal Help America Vote Act of
82002 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 20901 et seq.).end insert

31 9(6)  (A)  Except as otherwise provided for in this section,
10 election boards for the vote centers established under this section
11meet the requirements for eligibility and composition pursuant to
12Article 1 (commencing with Section 12300) of Chapter 4 of
13Division 12.

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 effectively
19in the electoral process. Each vote center shall post information
20regarding the availability of language assistance in English and
21all other languages for which language assistance is required to
22be provided in the jurisdiction under subdivision (c) of Section
2312303 or Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52
24U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.).

25(i) If a vote center is located in, or adjacent to, a precinct, census
26tract, or other defined geographical subsection required to establish
27language requirements under subdivision (c) of Section 12303 or
28Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C.
29Sec. 10101 et seq.), or if it is identified as needing language
30assistance through the public input process described in clause (ii),
31the county elections official shall ensure that the vote center is
32staffed 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.

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
P8    1the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et
2seq.).

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.

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
10of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.).

11(D) Each vote center provides reasonable modifications and
12auxiliary aids and services as required by the federalbegin delete Americanend delete
13begin insert Americansend insert with Disabilities Actbegin insert of 1990end insert (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et
14
begin delete seq.).end deletebegin insert seq.) and the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C.
15Sec. 701 et seq.).end insert

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(7) (A) Beginning 10 days before the election, the county
17elections official maintains, in an electronic format, an index of
18voters who have done any of the following at one of the voter
19centers established pursuant to this section:

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(i) Registered to vote or updated his or her voter registration.

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(ii) Received and voted a provisional ballot or replacement
22ballot.

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(iii) Voted a ballot using equipment at the vote center.

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24
(B) The index required by subparagraph (A) includes the same
25information for each voter as is required to be included on copies
26of the index of affidavits of voter registration that are posted
27pursuant to Section 14294. The index required by subparagraph
28(A) shall be updated continuously during any time that a vote
29center is open in the jurisdiction.

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14 30(7)

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31begin insert(8)end insert (A) begin deleteAt least end deletebegin insertBeginning end insert29 days before thebegin delete dateend deletebegin insert dayend insert of the
32election, the county elections official mails to each registered voter
33 a vote by mail ballot packet that includes a return envelope with
34instructions for the use and return of the vote by mail ballot.

35(B) The county elections official delivers to each voter, with
36either the sample ballot sent pursuant to Section 13303 or with the
37vote by mail ballot packet, all of the following:

38(i) A notice, translated in all languages required under
39subdivision (c) of Section 14201 and Section 203 of the federal
P9    1Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.), that
2informs voters of all of the following:

3(I) An all-mailed ballot election is being conducted and each
4eligible voter will be issued a vote by mail ballot by mail.

5(II) The voter may cast a vote by mail ballot in person at a vote
6center during the times and days specified in subparagraph (A) of
7paragraph (4) or on election day.

8(III) begin deleteAt least end deletebegin insertNo later than end insertseven days before thebegin delete dateend deletebegin insert dayend insert of
9the election, the voter may request the county elections official to
10send a vote by mail ballot in a language other than English pursuant
11to Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C.
12Sec. 10101 et seq.) or a facsimile copy of the ballot printed in a
13language other than English pursuant to Section 14201.

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(IV) No later than seven days before the day of the election, the
15voter may request the county elections official to send or deliver
16a ballot that voters with disabilities can read and mark privately
17and independently pursuant to the federal Help America Vote Act
18of 2002 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 20901 et seq.).

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19(ii) A list of the ballot dropoff locations and vote centers
20established pursuant to this section, including the dates and hours
21they are open. The list shall also be postedbegin delete in an accessible formatend delete
22 on the Internet Web site of the county electionsbegin delete official.end deletebegin insert official
23in a format that is accessible for people with disabilities pursuant
24to Section 11135 of the Government Code.end insert

25(iii) A postage-paid postcard that the voter may return to the
26county elections official for the purpose of requesting a vote by
27mail ballot in a language other than English.

28(C) Upon request, the county elections official provides written
29voting materials to voters with disabilities in an accessiblebegin delete format.end delete
30
begin insert format, as required by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act
31of 1990 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.) and the federal
32Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 701 et seq.).end insert

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(9) (A) The county elections official establishes a language
34accessibility advisory committee that is comprised of
35representatives of language minority communities. The committee
36shall be established no later than October 1 of the year before the
37first election conducted pursuant to this section. The committee
38shall hold its first meeting no later than April 1 of the year in which
39the first election is conducted pursuant to this section.

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(B) The county elections official establishes a voting accessibility
2advisory committee that is comprised of voters with disabilities.
3The committee shall be established no later than October 1 of the
4year before the first election conducted pursuant to this section.
5The committee shall hold its first meeting no later than April 1 of
6the year in which the first election is conducted pursuant to this
7section.

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(C) A county with fewer than 50,000 registered voters may
9establish a joint advisory committee for language minority
10communities and voters with disabilities.

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30 11(8)

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12begin insert(10)end insert (A) The county elections official develops a draft plan for
13the administration of elections conducted pursuant to this section
14in consultation with the public, including both of the following:

15(i) One meeting, publicly noticed at least 10 days in advance of
16the meeting, that includes representatives, advocates, and other
17stakeholders representing each community for which the county
18is required to provide voting materials and assistance in a language
19other than English under subdivision (c) of Section 14201 and the
20federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.).

21(ii) One meeting, publicly noticed at least 10 days in advance
22of the meeting, that includes representatives from the disability
23community and community organizations and individuals that
24advocate on behalf of, or provide services to, individuals with
25disabilities.

26(B) The county elections official, when developing the draft
27plan for the administration of elections conducted pursuant to this
28section, considers, at a minimum, all of the following:

29(i) Vote center and ballot dropoff location proximity to public
30transportation.

31(ii) Vote center and ballot dropoff location proximity to
32communities with historically low vote by mail usage.

33(iii) Vote center and ballot dropoff location proximity to
34population centers.

35(iv) Vote center and ballot dropoff location proximity to
36language minority communities.

37(v) Vote center and ballot dropoff location proximity to voters
38with disabilities.

39(vi) Access to accessible and free parking at vote centers and
40ballot dropoff locations.

P11   1(vii) The distance and time a voter must travel by car or public
2transportation to a vote center and ballot dropoff location.

3(viii) Thebegin delete availability ofend deletebegin insert need forend insert alternate methods for voters
4with disabilities for whom vote by mailbegin delete ballotend deletebegin insert ballotsend insert are not
5accessible to cast a ballot.

6(ix) Traffic patterns near vote centers and ballot dropoff
7locations.

8(x) Thebegin delete availability ofend deletebegin insert need forend insert mobile vote centers in addition
9to the number of vote centers established pursuant to this section.

10(C) The county elections official publicly notices the draft plan
11for the administration of elections conducted pursuant to this
12section and accepts public comments on the draft plan for at least
1314 days before the hearing held pursuant to subparagraph (D).

14(D) (i) Following the 14-day review period required by
15subparagraph (C), the county elections official holds a public
16meeting to consider the draft plan for the administration of elections
17conducted pursuant to this section and to accept public comment.
18The meeting shall be publicly noticed at least 10 days in advance
19of the meeting on the Internet Web sites of the clerk of the county
20board of supervisors and the county elections official, or, if neither
21the clerk of the county board of supervisors nor the county elections
22official maintain an Internet Web site, in the office of the county
23elections official.

24(ii) After the public hearing to consider the draft plan for the
25administration of elections conducted pursuant to this section and
26to accept public comments, the county elections officialbegin delete may amend
27the draft plan.end delete
begin insert shall consider any public comments he or she
28receives from the public and shall amend the draft plan in response
29to the public comments to the extent he or she deems appropriate.end insert

30 The county elections official shall publicly notice the amended
31draft plan and shall accept public comments on the amended draft
32plan for at least 14 days before the county elections official may
33adopt the amended draft plan pursuant to subparagraph (E).

34(E) begin insert(i)end insertbegin insertend insert Following the 14-day review and comment period
35required by clause (ii) of subparagraph (D), the county elections
36begin insert officialend insert may adopt a final plan for the administration of elections
37conducted pursuant to thisbegin delete section.end deletebegin insert section, and shall submit the
38voter education and outreach plan that is required by clause (i)
39of subparagraph (I) to the Secretary of State for approval.end insert

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(ii) The Secretary of State shall approve, approve with
2modifications, or reject a voter education and outreach plan
3submitted pursuant to clause (i) of subparagraph (I) within 14
4days after the plan is submitted by the county elections official.

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(iii) The draft plan, the amended draft plan, and the adopted
6final plan for the administration of elections conducted pursuant
7to this section shall be posted on the Internet Web site of the county
8elections official in each language in which the county is required
9to provide voting materials and assistance under subdivision (c)
10of Section 14201 and the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52
11U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.), and the Secretary of State’s Internet
12Web site in a format that is accessible for people with disabilities
13pursuant to Section 11135 of the Government Code.

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14(F) Public meetings held pursuant to this paragraph shall, upon
15request, provide auxiliary aids and services to ensure effective
16communication with people with disabilities.

17(G) Within two years of the adoption of the first plan for the
18administration of elections conducted pursuant to this section, the
19county elections official shall hold public meetings in accordance
20with the procedures described in subparagraphs (C) to (F),
21inclusive, to consider revising the first plan for the administration
22of elections conducted pursuant to this section. Every four years
23thereafter, the county elections official shall hold public meetings
24in accordance with the procedures described in subparagraphs (C)
25to (F), inclusive, to consider revising the plan for the administration
26of elections conducted pursuant to this section.

27(H) (i) With reasonable public notification, a county elections
28official may amend a plan for the administration of elections
29conducted pursuant to this section no more than 120 days before
30the date of an election held pursuant to this section.

31(ii) With reasonable public notification, a county elections
32official may amend a plan for the administration of elections
33conducted pursuant to this section more than 120 days before the
34date of an election held pursuant to this section if he or she provides
35at least 30 days to accept public comment on the amended plan.

36(I) The plan for the administration of elections conducted
37pursuant to this section, includes all of the following:

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38
(i) A voter education and outreach plan that is approved by the
39Secretary of State and that includes all of the following:

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P13   1begin insert(I)end insert A description of how the county elections official will use
2the media, including social media, newspapers, radio, and television
3that serve language minority communities for purposes of
4informing voters of the upcoming election and promoting the
5toll-free voter assistance hotline.

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6 6(ii)

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7begin insert(II)end insert A description of how the county elections official will have
8a community presence to educate voters regarding the provisions
9of this section.

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9 10(iii)

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11begin insert(III)end insert A description of the accessible information that will be
12publicly available on the accessible Internet Web site of the county
13elections official.

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(IV) A description of the method used by the county elections
15official to identify language minority voters.

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12 16(iv)

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17begin insert(V)end insert A description of how the county elections official will
18educate and communicate the provisions of this section to the
19public, including:

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15 20(I)

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21begin insert(ia)end insert Communities for which the county is required to provide
22voting materials and assistance in a language other than English
23under subdivision (c) of Section 14201 and the federal Voting
24Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.).begin insert The county
25elections official shall hold at least one bilingual voter education
26workshop for each language in which the county is required to
27provide voting materials and assistance in a language other than
28 English under subdivision (c) of Section 14201 and the federal
29Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.).end insert

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19 30(II)

end delete

31begin insert(ib)end insert The disability community, including organizations and
32individuals that advocate on behalf of, or provide services to,
33individuals with disabilities.begin insert The county elections official shall
34hold at least one voter education workshop to increase accessibility
35and participation of eligible voters with disabilities.end insert

begin insert

36
(VI) A description of how the county will spend the necessary
37resources on voter education and outreach to ensure that voters
38are fully informed about the election. This description shall include
39information about the amount of money the county plans to spend
40on voter education and outreach activities under the plan, and
P14   1how that compares to the amount of money spent on voter
2education and outreach in recent similar elections in the same
3jurisdiction that were not conducted pursuant to this section.

end insert
begin insert

4
(VII) At least one public service announcement in the media,
5including newspapers, radio, and television, that serve
6English-speaking citizens for purposes of informing voters of the
7upcoming election and promoting the toll-free voter assistance
8hotline. Outreach made under this subclause shall include access
9for voters who are deaf or hard of hearing and voters who are
10blind or visually impaired.

end insert
begin insert

11
(VIII) At least one public service announcement in the media,
12including newspapers, radio, and television, that serve
13non-English-speaking citizens for each language in which the
14county is required to provide voting materials and assistance under
15subdivision (c) of Section 14201 and the federal Voting Rights Act
16of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.) for purposes of informing
17voters of the upcoming election and promoting the toll-free voter
18assistance hotline.

end insert
begin insert

19
(IX) At least two direct contacts with voters for purposes of
20informing voters of the upcoming election and promoting the
21toll-free voter assistance hotline.

end insert
begin delete

22 22(v)

end delete

23begin insert(ii)end insert A description of how a voter with disabilities may request
24and receive a blank vote by mail ballot and, if a replacement ballot
25is necessary, a blank replacement ballot that voters with disabilities
26can mark privately and independently.

begin delete

26 27(vi)

end delete

28begin insert(iii)end insert A description of how the county elections official will
29address significant disparities in voter accessibility and
30participation identified in thebegin delete reportsend deletebegin insert reportend insert required by subdivision
31
begin delete (f).end deletebegin insert (g).end insert

begin insert

32
(iv) A description of the methods and standards that the county
33elections official will use to ensure the security of voting conducted
34at vote centers.

end insert
begin insert

35
(v) Information about estimated short-term and long-term costs
36and savings from conducting elections pursuant to this section as
37compared to recent similar elections in the same jurisdiction that
38were not conducted pursuant to this section.

end insert
begin delete

29 39(vii)

end delete

P15   1begin insert(vi)end insert To the extent available at the time of publication,
2information on all of the following:

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

4(II) The total number of ballot dropoff locations to be
5established.

6(III) The location of each vote center.

7(IV) The location of each ballot dropoff location and whether
8it is inside or outside.

9(V) A map of the locations of each vote center and ballot dropoff
10location.

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

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

13(VIII) The security and contingency plans that would be
14implemented by the county elections official to do both of the
15following:

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

17(ib) Ensure that the election is properly conducted if a disruption
18occurs.

19(IX) The number of election board members and the number of
20bilingual election board members and the languages spoken.

21(X) Thebegin insert services provided to voters with disabilities, including,
22but not limited to, theend insert
type and number of accessible voting
23machines andbegin delete related accessible servicesend deletebegin insert reasonable modificationsend insert
24 at each vote center.

25(XI) The design, layout, and placement of equipment inside
26each voter center that protects each voter’s right to cast a private
27begin insert and independentend insert ballot.

begin delete

14 28(viii)

end delete

29begin insert(vii)end insert A toll-free voter assistance hotlinebegin insert that is accessible to
30voters who are deaf or hard of hearing, and that isend insert
maintained by
31the county elections official that is operational no later than 29
32days before thebegin delete dateend deletebegin insert dayend insert of the election until 5 p.m. on the day
33after the election. The toll-free voter assistance hotline shall provide
34assistance to voters in all languages in which the county is required
35to provide voting materials and assistance under subdivision (c)
36of Section 14201 and the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52
37U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.).

begin delete

38(ix) At least one public service announcement in the media,
39including newspapers, radio, and television, that serve
40English-speaking citizens for purposes of informing voters of the
P16   1upcoming election and promoting the toll-free voter assistance
2hotline.

3(x) At least one public service announcement in the media,
4including newspapers, radio, and television, that serve
5non-English-speaking citizens for each language in which the
6county is required to provide voting materials and assistance under
7subdivision (c) of Section 14201 and the federal Voting Rights
8Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.) for purposes of
9informing voters of the upcoming election and promoting the
10toll-free voter assistance hotline.

end delete

11(J) The plan for the administration of electionsbegin delete conductend delete
12begin insert conductedend insert pursuant to this section is posted in a format that is
13accessible to persons with disabilities on the Internet Web site of
14the Secretary of State and on the Internet Web site of the county
15elections official.

16(b) Notwithstanding Sectionbegin delete 4002end deletebegin insert 4000end insert or any other law, on or
17after January 1, 2018,begin delete a county elections officialend deletebegin insert the counties of
18Calaveras, Inyo, Madera, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sacramento,
19San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Shasta, Sierra, Sutter,
20and Tuolumne, and on or after January 1, 2020, any countyend insert
may
21conduct a special election as an all-mailed ballot election under
22this section if all of the following apply:

begin insert

23
(1) The county elections official has done either of the following:

end insert
begin insert

24
(A) Previously conducted an election as an all-mailed ballot
25election in accordance with subdivision (a).

end insert
begin insert

26
(B) Adopted a final plan for the administration of elections
27pursuant to clause (i) of subparagraph (E) of paragraph (9) of
28subdivision (a), in which case the county elections official shall
29complete all activities provided for in the voter education and
30outreach plan that is required by clause (i) of subparagraph (I)
31of paragraph (9) of subdivision (a) before the day of the special
32election.

end insert
begin delete

11 33(1)

end delete

34begin insert(2)end insert (A) On the day of election, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.,begin insert inclusive,end insert
35 at least one vote center is provided for every 30,000 registered
36voters. The county elections official shall make a reasonable effort
37to establish a vote center within the jurisdiction where the special
38election is held.

P17   1(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), for a jurisdiction with
2fewer than 30,000 registered voters, the county elections official
3makes a reasonable effort to establish a vote center.

begin delete

19 4(2)

end delete

5begin insert(3)end insert (A) Not less than 10 days before the day of the election, for
6a minimum of eight hours per day, at least one vote center is
7provided for every 60,000 registered voters.begin delete Theend deletebegin insert If the jurisdiction
8is not wholly contained within the county, theend insert
county elections
9official shall make a reasonable effort to establish a vote center
10within the jurisdiction where the special election is held.

11(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), for a jurisdiction with
12fewer than 30,000 registered voters, the county elections official
13makes a reasonable effort to establish a vote center.

begin delete

27 14(3)

end delete

15begin insert(4)end insert (A) At least one ballot dropoff location is provided for every
1615,000 registered voters. At least one ballot dropoff location shall
17be located within the jurisdiction where the special election is held.
18All ballot dropoff locations shall be open at least during regular
19business hours beginning not less than 28 days before thebegin delete end deletebegin deletedateend delete
20begin insert dayend insert of the election, and on thebegin delete dateend deletebegin insert dayend insert of the election.

21(B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), for a jurisdiction with
22fewer than 15,000 registered voters, at least one ballot dropoff
23location shall be provided.

24(c) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the election
25day procedures shall be conducted in accordance with Division
2614 (commencing with Section 14000).

27(d) The county elections official may provide, at his or her
28discretion, additional ballot dropoff locations and vote centers for
29purposes of this section.

30(e) The return of voted vote by mail ballots is subject to Sections
313017 and 3020.

32(f) For the sole purpose of reporting the results of an election
33conducted pursuant to this section, upon completion of the ballot
34count, the county elections official shall divide the jurisdiction
35into precincts pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section
3612220) of Chapter 3 of Division 12 and shall prepare a statement
37of the results of the election in accordance with Sections 15373
38and 15374.

39(g) (1) (A) begin deleteIf an end deletebegin insertWithin six months of each end insertelectionbegin delete isend delete conducted
40pursuant to thisbegin delete section,end deletebegin insert section or Section 4007,end insert the Secretary of
P18   1State shall report to thebegin delete Legislature regarding the success of the
2first election conducted pursuant to this section, including,end delete

3begin insert Legislature,end insert to the extent possible,begin delete the turnout of different
4populations, including the populationend delete
begin insert all of the following
5information byend insert
categories of race, ethnicity, language preference,
6age, gender, disability, permanent vote by mail status,begin delete andend delete
7begin insert historical polling place voters,end insert political partybegin delete affiliationend deletebegin insert affiliation,
8and language minoritiesend insert
as it relates to the languages required
9underbegin insert subdivision (c) of Section 14201 and Section 203 ofend insert the
10federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 etbegin delete seq.).end delete
11
begin insert seq.):end insert

begin insert

12
(i) Voter turnout.

end insert
begin insert

13
(ii) Voter registration.

end insert
begin insert

14
(iii) Ballot rejection rates.

end insert
begin insert

15
(iv) Reasons for ballot rejection.

end insert
begin insert

16
(v) Provisional ballot use.

end insert
begin insert

17
(vi) The number of votes cast at each vote center.

end insert
begin insert

18
(vii) The number of ballots returned at ballot dropoff locations.

end insert
begin insert

19
(viii) The number of ballots returned by mail.

end insert
begin insert

20
(ix) The number of persons who registered to vote at a vote
21center.

end insert
begin insert

22
(x) Instances of voter fraud.

end insert
begin insert

23
(xi) Any other problems that became known to the county
24elections official or the Secretary of State during the election or
25canvass.

end insert
begin insert

26
(B) The report required by subparagraph (A) shall be posted
27on the Internet Web site of the Secretary of State in a format that
28is accessible for people with disabilities pursuant to Section 11135
29of the Government Code.

end insert
begin insert

30
(C) The report required by subparagraph (A) shall be submitted
31to the Legislature in compliance with Section 9795 of the
32Government Code.

end insert
begin delete

34 33(B)

end delete

34begin insert(D)end insert If an election is conducted pursuant to this section, the
35county shallbegin delete submit to the Legislature andend deletebegin insert submit, to the extent
36possible,end insert
to the Secretary of Statebegin delete a report that includes all of the
37following:end delete
begin insert the information needed for the Secretary of State to
38prepare the report required by subparagraph (A).end insert

begin delete

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

P19   1(ii) The number of ballots that were not counted and the reasons
2they were not counted.

3(iii) Voter fraud.

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

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

7(2) Whenever possible, using the criteria set forth in paragraph
8(1), the reports shall compare the election conducted pursuant to
9this section to similar elections not conducted pursuant to this
10section 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, the Secretary of State and counties shall do
14all of the following with respect to the reports required by this
15subdivision:

16(A) Submit the reports to the Legislature in compliance with
17Section 9795 of the Government Code.

18(B) Post the reports in a format that is accessible to voters with
19disabilities on the Internet Web site of the Secretary of State or
20the county elections official, as applicable.

end delete
begin insert

21
(2) The county elections official shall post on his or her Internet
22Web site a report that compares the cost of elections conducted
23pursuant to this section to the costs of previous elections. The
24report shall be posted in a format that is accessible for people with
25disabilities pursuant to Section 11135 of the Government Code.

end insert

26(h) The Secretary of State shall enforce the provisions of this
27section pursuant to Section 12172.5 of the Government Code.

28(i) For purposes of this section, “disability” has the same
29meaning as defined in subdivisions (j), (m), and (n) of Section
3012926 of the Government Code.

31begin insert

begin insertSEC. 3.end insert  

end insert

begin insertSection 4006 is added to the end insertbegin insertElections Codeend insertbegin insert, to read:end insert

begin insert
32

begin insert4006.end insert  

For any election conducted pursuant to Section 4005,
33the county elections official shall make a reasonable effort to
34inform a voter of either of the following:

35
(a) If the voter’s vote by mail ballot envelope is missing a
36signature.

37
(b) How the voter can correct the missing signature.

end insert
38begin insert

begin insertSEC. 4.end insert  

end insert

begin insertSection 4007 is added to the end insertbegin insertElections Codeend insertbegin insert, to read:end insert

begin insert
P20   1

begin insert4007.end insert  

(a) On or after January 1, 2020, the County of Los
2Angeles may conduct any election as a vote center election if all
3of the following apply:

4
(1) The county elections official complies with all the provisions
5of subdivision (a) of Section 4005 that are not inconsistent with
6this section.

7
(2) Every permanent vote by mail voter receives a ballot.

8
(3) At least two ballot dropoff locations are provided within the
9jurisdiction where the election is held or the number of ballot
10dropoff locations are fixed in a manner so that there is at least
11one ballot dropoff location provided for every 15,000 permanent
12vote by mail registered voters within the jurisdiction where the
13election is held, as determined on the 88th day before the day of
14the election, whichever results in more ballot dropoff locations.

15
(4) On the day of the election, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., inclusive,
16and on each of the three days before the election, for a minimum
17of eight hours per day, at least one vote center is provided for
18every 7,500 registered voters within the jurisdiction where the
19election is held, as determined on the 88th day before the day of
20the election. At least 90 percent of the number of vote centers
21required by this subparagraph shall be open for all four days
22during the required times. Up to 10 percent of the number of vote
23centers required by this subparagraph may be open for less than
24four days if at least one vote center is provided for every 7,500
25registered voters on each day.

26
(5) Beginning 10 days before the day of the election and
27continuing up to and including the fourth day before the day of
28the election, for a minimum of eight hours per day, at least one
29vote center is provided for every 30,000 registered voters within
30the jurisdiction where the election is held, as determined on the
3188th day before the election.

32
(6) Precincts with fewer than 500 registered voters are
33designated as all vote-by-mail ballot precincts.

34
(7) Voters residing in jurisdictions within the County of Los
35Angeles that border a county that is conducting an election
36pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 4005 receive a vote by mail
37ballot if they are eligible to vote in that election.

38
(8) Voters in a precinct that is either more than a 30 minute
39travel time from a vote center or in which the polling place in the
P21   1most recent statewide general election is more than 15 miles from
2the nearest vote center are mailed a vote by mail ballot.

3
(9) The vote centers are located within a reasonable travel time
4of registered voters.

5
(10) The county elections official conducts a service area
6analysis of the vote center plans, identifies services gaps, and
7publicly reports those findings.

8
(b) Notwithstanding Section 4000 or any other law, on or after
9January 1, 2020, the County of Los Angeles may conduct a special
10election as an all-mailed ballot election pursuant to subdivision
11(b) of Section 4005.

12
(c) No later than four years after conducting the first vote center
13election pursuant to this section, the County of Los Angeles may
14conduct all-mailed ballot elections pursuant to Section 4005 and
15shall not conduct vote center elections pursuant to this section.

end insert
16

begin deleteSEC. 2.end delete
17
begin insertSEC. 5.end insert  

Section begin delete4005.5end deletebegin insert4008end insert is added to the Elections Code,
18to read:

19

begin delete4005.5.end delete
20
begin insert4008.end insert  

(a) The Secretary of State shall establish a taskforce that
21includes representatives of all of the following:

22(1) County elections officials.

23(2) Individuals with demonstrated language accessibility
24experience for languages covered under the federal Voting Rights
25Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10101 et seq.).

26(3) The disability community and community organizations and
27individuals that advocate on behalf of, or provide services to,
28individuals with disabilities.

29(4) Experts with demonstrated experience in the field of
30elections.

31(b) The taskforce shall review elections conducted pursuant to
32Section 4005begin insert or 4007end insert and provide comments and recommendations
33to the Legislaturebegin delete on or before April 1, 2021.end deletebegin insert within six months of
34each election conducted pursuant to Section 4005 or 4007.end insert

35(c) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2022,
36and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that
37is enacted before January 1, 2022, deletes or extends that date.

38begin insert

begin insertSEC. 6.end insert  

end insert

begin insertSection 15320 of the end insertbegin insertElections Codeend insertbegin insert is amended to
39read:end insert

P22   1

15320.  

Vote by mail ballots and mail ballot precinct ballots
2returned to the elections office and to the polls on election day that
3are not included in the semifinal official canvass phase of the
4begin delete electionend deletebegin insert election, including any ballots returned to another
5jurisdiction in the state and forwarded to the elections official who
6issued the ballot pursuant to Section 3017,end insert
shall be processed and
7counted during the official canvass in the manner prescribed by
8Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 15100) and pursuant to the
9requirements of Section 3019.



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