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AB-1403 Military and overseas voters: Internet voting.(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. 1403


Introduced by Assembly Member Obernolte

February 17, 2017


An act to add Section 3106.5 to the Elections Code, relating to military and overseas voters.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1403, as introduced, Obernolte. Military and overseas voters: Internet voting.
Existing law sets forth the procedures for military or overseas voters, as defined, to register to vote, to apply for voting ballots, and to vote. Existing law requires unvoted voting materials to be electronically transmitted to a military or overseas voter and authorizes a voter to return his or her vote by mail ballot by facsimile transmission.
This bill would authorize a military or overseas voter to cast his or her vote on the Internet by electronically marking his or her ballot and securely transmitting the voted ballot using the Internet. The bill would require the Secretary of State to develop standardized procedures and guidelines for the electronic return of ballots on or before January 1, 2019.
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 3106.5 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

3106.5.
 (a) A military or overseas voter, as described in subdivision (b) of Section 300, may cast his or her vote on the Internet by electronically marking his or her ballot and securely transmitting the voted ballot using the Internet.
(b) On or before January 1, 2019, the Secretary of State shall develop standardized procedures and guidelines for the return of ballots pursuant to this section.

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.