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          SENATE COMMITTEE ON
          ELECTIONS AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
                            Senator Benjamin Allen, Chair
                                2015 - 2016  Regular 

          Bill No:             SB 450         Hearing Date:    4/21/15    
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          |Author:    |Allen                                                |
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          |Version:   |2/25/15                                              |
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          |Urgency:   |No                     |Fiscal:    |Yes              |
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          |Consultant:|Darren Chesin                                        |
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                        Subject:  Elections:  sample ballots

           DIGEST
           
          This bill requires the application for a vote by mail (VBM)  
          ballot that is included with the sample ballot to include a  
          space for the voter to apply for permanent VBM status.

           ANALYSIS
           
          Existing law:

          1.Requires the appropriate elections official for each election  
            to produce sample ballots, as specified, and requires the  
            sample ballots to be mailed to each registered voter not more  
            than 40 nor less than 21 days before the election. 

          2.Permits any registered voter to request a VBM ballot and to  
            apply for permanent VBM status.

          3.Requires the elections official to include with the sample  
            ballot an application for a VBM ballot.

          This bill:

          1.Requires the application for a VBM ballot that is included  
            with the sample ballot to include a space for the voter to  
            apply for permanent VBM status. 

           BACKGROUND







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           VBM Popularity  .  California voters who use VBM ballots make up  
          an increasingly larger portion of the overall turnout.  For  
          instance, 60.52% of all voters statewide in the November 4, 2014  
          General Election and 69.4% of all voters in the June 3, 2014  
          Primary Election used a VBM ballot - almost half of whom are  
          permanent VBM voters.

           COMMENTS
           
           1.According to the author  :  This bill would require the  
            application for a vote by mail ballot that is included with a  
            sample ballot to simply include a space for the voter to apply  
            for permanent vote by mail status.  This change would merely  
            require a minor revision to the existing application which  
            many elections officials already include.  Sample ballots are  
            one of the main sources of VBM applications and including a  
            space permitting voters to apply for permanent VBM status will  
            make the process that much more convenient.

                               RELATED/PRIOR LEGISLATION
           
          N/A
                                           
          POSITIONS
           
          Sponsor: Author

           Support: None received

           Oppose:  None received

                                          
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