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AB-530 Vote by mail ballots: telephone applications.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 25, 2013


SECTION 1.

 Section 3001 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

3001.
 (a)  Except as provided in Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 3200) and Sections 3007.5, 3007.7, and 3007.8, application for a vote by mail voter’s ballot shall be made in writing to the elections official having jurisdiction over the election between the 29th and the 7th day prior to the election. The application shall be signed by the applicant and shall show the applicant’s  his or her  place of residence. Any applications received by the elections official prior to the 29th day shall be kept and processed during the application period.
(b) No later than 29 days before the day of the election, the county elections official shall begin mailing the materials required by Section 3010 to qualified applicants for vote by mail ballots, including voters who are permanent vote by mail voters pursuant to Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 3200). The county elections official shall have five days to mail a ballot to each person who has requested a vote by mail ballot by the 29th day before the day of the election and five days for each voter who requests a vote by mail ballot after that date. The county elections official shall not discriminate against any region or precinct in the county in choosing which ballots to mail first within the prescribed five-day mailing period.

SEC. 2.

 Section 3007.8 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

3007.8.
 (a) A local elections official may offer a voter the ability to apply for a vote by mail voter’s ballot by telephone.
(b) To apply by telephone, the applicant shall provide to the elections official personal identifying information that matches the information contained on the applicant’s affidavit of registration, including first and last name, home address, and date of birth. The applicant’s signature shall not be required.
(c) A person shall not apply for a vote by mail voter’s ballot pursuant to this section using the name of, or on behalf of, another person.
(d) Prior to being asked for personal identifying information, an applicant applying for a vote by mail voter’s ballot pursuant to this section shall be advised as follows:
“Only the registered voter himself or herself may apply for a vote by mail ballot. An application for a vote by mail ballot that is made by any person other than the registered voter is a criminal offense.”
(e) Except as otherwise provided in this section, all provisions of this code governing written applications for vote by mail voter’s ballots shall apply to applications made by telephone.