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AB-1344 Voting rights: inmates and persons formerly incarcerated.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/17/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1344


Introduced by Assembly Member Weber
(Coauthor: Senator Hertzberg)

February 17, 2017


An act to add Section 2105.6 to the Elections Code, relating to elections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1344, as introduced, Weber. Voting rights: inmates and persons formerly incarcerated.
Existing law provides that a person is entitled to register to vote if he or she is a United States citizen, a resident of California, not imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and at least 18 years of age at the time of the next election.
This bill would require the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and county probation departments to provide certain voting rights information and affidavits of registration to persons under their jurisdiction. By imposing new duties on county probation departments, the 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 the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 2105.6 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

2105.6.
 (a) The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shall do all of the following for each parolee under the jurisdiction of the department upon the completion of his or her parole:
(1) Provide the parolee the most recent version of the Secretary of State’s voting rights guide for incarcerated persons.
(2) Inform the parolee, at the time the parolee is provided the guide described in paragraph (1), that he or she may be eligible to vote.
(3) Provide the parolee an affidavit of registration.
(b) Each county probation department shall do all of the following for each person under the department’s supervision:
(1) Provide the person the most recent version of the Secretary of State’s voting rights guide for incarcerated persons.
(2) Inform the person, at the time the person is provided the guide described in paragraph (1), that he or she may be eligible to vote.
(3) Provide the person, upon the person’s request, an affidavit of registration if the person is eligible to register to vote.

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.