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AB-773 Voter education: high school pupils.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.

 Section 49040 of the Education Code is amended to read:

49040.
 (a) The last two full weeks in April and the last two full weeks in  months of January and  September shall be known as as,  “high school voter education weeks,” months,”  during which time persons authorized by the county elections official shall be allowed to register students pupils  and school personnel on any high school campus in areas designated by the administrator of the high school, or his or her  the administrator’s  designee, which are reasonably accessible to all students. pupils. 
(b) (1)  This section does not preclude a person from registering to vote students pupils  and school personnel on a high school campus as is otherwise permitted by the Elections Code.
(2) This section does not preclude voter education during any other time of the school year.

SEC. 2.

 Section 49042 is added to the Education Code, immediately following Section 49041, to read:

49042.
 (a) The Secretary of State, in coordination with the Superintendent, shall develop educational programming for pupils in grade 12 that shall be implemented in high schools maintained by a school district, county office of education, or charter school. The programming shall include, but is not necessarily limited to, information about the following topics:
(1) Eligibility for, and requirements relating to, registering to vote.
(2) Various methods to register to vote, including the ability to preregister to vote.
(3) Acquiring official, nonpartisan election and voter information from county and state elections officials, including, but not necessarily limited to, accessing their respective internet websites.
(4) How to locate a polling place or vote center.
(5) What to expect when voting in person at a polling place or vote center.
(6) How to complete and submit a ballot through various methods, including vote by mail and in person at a polling place or vote center.
(7) An individual’s rights as a voter.
(8) Accessible voting options for voters with disabilities.
(9) How to access materials and services that are available in the pupil’s preferred language.
(b) County elections officials, in coordination with school districts, county offices of education, or charter schools, shall further customize the educational programming developed pursuant to this section to include information specific to that county’s election system, including, but not necessarily limited to, information on ballot design, nonpartisan election guides, and election type.
(c) A school district, county office of education, or charter school shall do all of the following:
(1) Implement educational programming pursuant to this section for pupils in grade 12 at each high school maintained by the school district, county office of education, or charter school.
(2) Implement the educational programming during a presentation or assembly, not to exceed two hours in duration, at the high school campus.
(3) Offer pupils the opportunity to register or preregister to vote during the presentation or assembly conducted pursuant to paragraph (2). This registration or preregistration shall be accomplished through the use of one or more of the following methods:
(A) Paper affidavits of registration, whereby the school district, county office of education, or charter school shall do all of the following:
(i) Request a sufficient number of voter registration forms for their grade 12 pupils from the county elections official.
(ii) Establish procedures for the proper handling of voter registration forms.
(iii) Notify pupils of state voter eligibility requirements.
(iv) Notify pupils that they may return the completed forms in person or by mail to the elections official of the county in which the pupil resides.
(B) Use of a device that may include, but is not necessarily limited to, a laptop computer, smartphone, or tablet that can access the voter registration internet website of the Secretary of State.
(d) As used in this section, “educational programming” means a presentation accomplished through the use of methods that may include, but are not necessarily limited to, live speakers, audio-visual content, printed material, PowerPoint, or through a combination of those methods.
SEC. 3.
 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.