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SB-1606 Voting age.(2003-2004)

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Amended  IN  Senate  March 30, 2004

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2003–2004 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1606


Introduced  by  Senator Vasconcellos

February 20, 2004


An act to amend Section Sections 2000 and 2101 of the Elections Code, relating to voting.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1606, as amended, Vasconcellos. Voting age.
Existing law provides that any person who will be at least 18 years of age at the time of the next election is eligible to register and vote at that election.

This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change.

This bill would allow a person who is 14 years of age or older at the time of the next election to register and vote. The vote of a person 14 or 15 years of age would count as 1/4 of a vote. The vote of a person age 16 or 17 would count as 1/2 of a vote.
Because this bill would increase the duties of local elections officials, it would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement, including the creation of a State Mandates Claims Fund to pay the costs of mandates that do not exceed $1,000,000 statewide and other procedures for claims whose statewide costs exceed $1,000,000.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.
This bill would become operative only if SCA 19, a proposal to amend Section 2 of Article II of the Constitution of the State of California to lower the minimum voting age, is adopted by the Legislature and enacted by a vote of the people.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.Section 2101 of the Elections Code is amended to read:
2101.

A person authorized to register to vote shall be a United States citizen, a resident of California, not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and at least 18 years of age at the time of the next election.

Section 2000 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

2000.
 (a) Every person who qualifies under Section 2 of Article II of the California Constitution and who complies with this code governing the registration of electors may vote at any election held within the territory within which he or she resides and the election is held.
(b) Any person who will be at least 18 14 years of age at the time of the next election is eligible to register and vote at that election. A vote cast by a person 14 or 15 years of age counts as one-quarter of a vote cast by a person who is 18 years of age or older. A vote cast by a person 16 or 17 years of age counts as one-half of a vote cast by a person who is 18 years of age or older.

Section 2101 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

2101.
 A person entitled to register to vote shall be a United States citizen, a resident of California, not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and at least 18 14 years of age at the time of the next election.

SEC. 3.

 Notwithstanding Section 17610 of the Government Code, 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. If the statewide cost of the claim for reimbursement does not exceed one million dollars ($1,000,000), reimbursement shall be made from the State Mandates Claims Fund.

SEC. 4.

 This act shall become operative only if Senate Constitutional Amendment 19 is adopted by the Legislature and enacted by vote of the people of the State of California.