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AB-855 Voter registration: regulations.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/16/2017 02:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 855


Introduced by Assembly Member Low

February 16, 2017


An act to amend Section 2105 of the Elections Code, relating to elections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 855, as introduced, Low. Voter registration: regulations.
Existing law states that it is the intent of the Legislature, in order to promote and encourage voter registrations, that the election board of each county establish a sufficient number of registration places throughout the county, and outside the county courthouse, for the convenience of persons desiring to register. Under existing law, the Secretary of State is required to adopt regulations requiring each county to design and implement programs intended to identify electors who are not registered voters, and to register those persons to vote. Existing law further provides that if the Secretary of State finds that a county has not designed and implemented a program meeting prescribed minimum requirements, the Secretary of State is required to design a program for the county and report the violation to the Attorney General.
This bill would require the Secretary of State, in adopting those regulations, to require each county to periodically update its programs. The bill would also require the Secretary of State, if he or she finds that a county has not periodically updated its programs as required by regulation, to design a program for the county and report the violation to the Attorney General. By requiring counties to perform additional duties, 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 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

2105.
 It is the intent of the Legislature that voter registration be maintained at the highest possible level. The Secretary of State shall adopt regulations requiring each county to design and implement programs intended to identify qualified electors who are not registered voters, and to register those persons to vote. The Secretary of State shall adopt regulations prescribing minimum requirements for those programs. programs and requiring each county to periodically update its programs. If the Secretary of State finds that a county has not designed and implemented a program meeting the prescribed minimum requirements, or has not updated its programs as required by regulation, the Secretary of State shall design a program for the county and report the violation to the Attorney General.

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.