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SB-1062 Elections: vote by mail ballots.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Senate  May 15, 2014
Amended  IN  Senate  March 24, 2014

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1062


Introduced by Senator Block

February 18, 2014


An act to amend Section 3010 of the Elections Code, relating to elections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1062, as amended, Block. Elections: vote by mail ballots.
Existing law sets forth the procedures by which a voter may apply for and receive a vote by mail ballot. Existing law requires an elections official to deliver to each qualified applicant the vote by mail ballot for the precinct in which the applicant resides and all supplies necessary for the use and return of the ballot.
This bill would require the elections official to also deliver to each qualified applicant a return envelope with postage prepaid by the Secretary of State in which a vote by mail voter may return his or her ballot if the ballot is to be mailed within the territorial limits of the United States or the District of Columbia. By imposing additional duties on local elections officials, this bill 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, 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.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YESNO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 3010 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

3010.
 (a) The elections official shall deliver the following to each qualified applicant:
(1) The ballot for the precinct in which he or she resides. In primary elections, this shall also be accompanied by the ballot for the central committee of the party with which the voter is affiliated, if any.
(2) All supplies necessary for the use and return of the ballot, including a return envelope with prepaid postage prepaid by the Secretary of State if the ballot is to be mailed within the territorial limits of the United States or the District of Columbia.
(3) All payments for postage made pursuant to subdivision (a)(2) shall be made directly from funds appropriated to the Secretary of State for this purpose.
(b) An officer of this state shall not make any charge for services rendered to any voter under this chapter.

SEC. 2.

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.