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AB-4 Voter notification.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/29/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 29, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 4


Introduced by Assembly Member Waldron

December 05, 2016


An act to add Section 2199 2155.4 to the Elections Code, relating to elections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 4, as amended, Waldron. Voter Integrity Protection Act: online voter registration: update notification.Voter notification.
Existing law requires a county elections official, upon receipt of a properly executed affidavit of registration or address correction notice or letter, to send a voter a voter notification stating that he or she is registered to vote and providing additional information. If a person under 18 years of age submits an affidavit of registration, the county elections official is required to send that person a voter preregistration notification stating that he or she is preregistered to vote and providing additional information.
This bill would authorize a county elections official to first send the recipient of a voter notification or voter preregistration notification a text message or email indicating that his or her information has been received and that a subsequent notification will follow.

Existing law allows a person who is qualified to register to vote and who has a valid California driver’s license or state identification card to submit an affidavit of voter registration electronically on the Internet Web site of the Secretary of State. Existing law permits a voter to update his or her voter registration information by filing a new affidavit of registration.

This bill, which would be known as the Voter Integrity Protection Act, would require a county elections official to mail a nonforwardable postcard to a voter’s residence address to notify the voter of the electronic submission of an affidavit of registration on the Internet Web site of the Secretary of State to update the voter’s voter registration information. In addition, the bill would authorize the elections official to send a text message or email to the voter, if the voter has provided written consent to receive messages by text or email, notifying the voter that an affidavit of registration was submitted electronically and his or her voter registration information has been updated.

By imposing additional duties on county 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 the statutory provisions noted above.

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

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 2155.4 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

2155.4.
  An elections official may, upon receipt of a properly executed affidavit of registration or address correction notice or letter pursuant to Section 2119, Article 2 (commencing with Section 2220) of Chapter 3, or the federal National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 20501 et seq.), or an affidavit of registration pursuant to Section 2101 or subdivision (d) of Section 2102, notify the sender by text message or email that his or her voter registration information has been received and that he or she will receive a subsequent notification pursuant to Section 2155 or 2155.3.

SECTION 1.

This act shall be known, and may be cited, as the Voter Integrity Protection Act.

SEC. 2.Section 2199 is added to the Elections Code, to read:
2199.

(a)If an affidavit of registration is submitted electronically on the Internet Web site of the Secretary of State to update a voter’s voter registration information, the county elections official, upon being notified of the update, shall mail a nonforwardable postcard to the voter’s residence address notifying the voter that an affidavit of registration was submitted electronically and his or her voter registration information has been updated. If the voter updated his or her residence address in the affidavit of registration, the elections official shall mail the nonforwardable postcard to the voter’s most recent residence address on file before the new affidavit of registration was submitted.

(b)In addition to the process described in subdivision (a), if a voter has provided written consent to receive messages from the elections official by text or email, the elections official may send a text message or email to notify the voter that his or her voter registration information was updated by an affidavit of registration submitted electronically on the Internet Web site of the Secretary of State.

SEC. 3.

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.