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AB-269 Elections: corruption of voting.(2009-2010)

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Assembly Bill No. 269
CHAPTER 94

An act to add Section 18562.5 to the Elections Code, relating to elections.

[ Approved by Governor  August 05, 2009. Filed with Secretary of State  August 06, 2009. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 269, Silva. Elections: corruption of voting.
Existing law makes it a misdemeanor for a precinct board member, before placing a ballot into the ballot box, to attempt to learn the name on a ballot or to take other specified actions to obtain information from the ballot.
This bill would also make it a misdemeanor for a member of the public observing specified election procedures to willfully engage in certain conduct to find out the voter’s identity or the voter’s ballot choices.
Because the bill creates new crimes, 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.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 18562.5 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

18562.5.
 (a) A member of the public is guilty of a misdemeanor if, while observing any of the following, he or she willfully engages in any conduct set forth in subdivision (b):
(1) The processing of vote by mail ballots conducted pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 15100) of Division 15.
(2) The semifinal official canvass conducted pursuant to Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 15150) of Division 15.
(3) The official canvass conducted pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 15300) of Division 15.
(4) A recount conducted pursuant to Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 15600) of Division 15.
(b) (1) Attempting to ascertain the identity and ballot choices of a voter, or having observed or learned the identity of a voter, attempting to ascertain the ballot choices of that voter.
(2) Opening a provisional or vote by mail ballot envelope containing a voted ballot in order to ascertain the voter’s ballot choices.
(3) Making or placing a mark or device on a ballot or secrecy envelope in an attempt to ascertain the voter’s ballot choices.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.