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AB-1494 Voting: marked ballots.(2015-2016)

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Assembly Bill No. 1494
CHAPTER 813

An act to amend Section 14291 of, and to repeal Section 14276 of, the Elections Code, relating to voting.

[ Approved by Governor  September 29, 2016. Filed with Secretary of State  September 29, 2016. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1494, Levine. Voting: marked ballots.
Existing law prohibits a voter from showing his or her ballot to any person after it is marked in such a way as to reveal its contents. Existing law provides that a person who interferes or attempts to interfere with the secrecy of voting is guilty of a felony, and authorizes the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, or a local elections official to bring an action to impose additional civil penalties for committing those acts.
This bill would create an exception to that prohibition that would permit a voter to voluntarily disclose how he or she voted if that voluntary act does not violate any other law.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 14276 of the Elections Code is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 Section 14291 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

14291.
 (a) After the ballot is marked, a voter shall not show it to any person in a manner that reveals its contents, except as provided in subdivision (b).
(b) A voter may voluntarily disclose how he or she voted if that voluntary act does not violate any other law.