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                                    THIRD READING


          Bill No:  SB 450
          Author:   Allen (D)
          Introduced:2/25/15  
          Vote:     21  

           SENATE ELECTIONS & C.A. COMMITTEE:  5-0, 4/21/15
           AYES:  Allen, Anderson, Hancock, Hertzberg, Liu

          SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE:  Senate Rule 28.8

           SUBJECT:   Elections:  sample ballots


          SOURCE:    Author


          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  








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            ballot an application for a VBM ballot.


          This bill 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
          
          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
          
          According to the author, this bill requires the application for  
          a VBM ballot that is included with a sample ballot to simply  
          include a space for the voter to apply for permanent VBM 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.

          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:YesLocal:   Yes


          SUPPORT:   (Verified  5/5/15)


          None received


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified  5/5/15)









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          None received


          Prepared by:Darren Chesin / E. & C.A. / (916) 651-4106
          5/15/15 13:23:07


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