Today's Law As Amended

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AB-973 Remote accessible vote by mail system.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.
 The Legislature recognizes that some individuals with disabilities are not able to vote privately and independently using vote by mail ballots. In order to ensure that more individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to vote by mail privately and independently, it is the intent of the Legislature that certified remote accessible vote by mail systems be available for use by individuals with disabilities in all counties that are not conducting an election pursuant to Section 4005 of the Elections Code. An election held pursuant to Section 4005 of the Elections Code is currently required to have an accessible vote by mail system that is available for use by individuals with disabilities. Ensuring access to voting for all citizens is a priority for the Legislature.

SEC. 2.

 Section 3016.5 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

3016.5.
 (a) A county elections official shall permit a voter with a disability to cast his or her ballot using a certified remote accessible vote by mail system.
(b) This section does not apply to a county when conducting an all-mailed ballot election pursuant to Section 4005.

SEC. 3.

 Section 3116.5 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

3116.5.
 (a) A county elections official shall permit a military or overseas voter to cast his or her ballot using a certified remote accessible vote by mail system.
(b) This section does not apply to a county when conducting an all-mailed ballot election pursuant to Section 4005.
SEC. 4.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
SEC. 5.
 This act shall become operative on January 1, 2020.