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AB-1707 Polling places: handheld devices.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 03/19/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 19, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1707


Introduced by Assembly Member Berman

February 22, 2019


An act to amend Section 13210 of add Section 2302 to the Elections Code, relating to elections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1707, as amended, Berman. Elections: ballot contents. Polling places: handheld devices.
Existing law sets forth various restrictions relating to permissible conduct at polling places, including, among others, that a person is prohibited from photographing, video recording, or otherwise recording a voter entering or exiting a polling place with the intent of dissuading another person from voting, as specified.
This bill would provide that a voter or any other person may not be prohibited from using an electronic device, including a smartphone, tablet, or other handheld device, at a polling place provided that the use of the device does not result in a violation of other provisions of law.

Existing law sets forth various ballot printing specifications, including a requirement that the voting squares for candidates for President and Vice President appear below the heading “Vote for One Party.”

This bill would revise this instruction to read “Vote for One Set of Candidates.”

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

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 2302 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

2302.
 A voter or any other person shall not be prohibited from using an electronic device, including a smartphone, tablet, or other handheld device, at a polling place provided that the use of the device does not result in a violation of Section 14221, 14224, 14291, 18370, 18502, 18540, 18541, or any other provision of this code.

SECTION 1.Section 13210 of the Elections Code is amended to read:
13210.

(a)In the case of candidates for delegate to national convention, there shall be printed in boldface gothic type, not smaller than 12-point, across the column above the names of the persons preferred by the groups of candidates for delegates, the words, “President of the United States.” The words “Vote for one group only” shall extend to the extreme right-hand margin of the column and over the voting square.

(b)In the case of candidates for President and Vice President, the words “Vote for One Set of Candidates” shall appear just below the heading “President and Vice President” and shall be printed so as to appear above the voting squares for that office. The heading “President and Vice President” shall be printed in boldface 12-point gothic type, and shall be centered above the names of the candidates.

(c)In that section of the ballot designated for judicial offices, next to the heading “judicial” shall appear the instruction: “Vote yes or no for each office.”

(d)In the case of candidates for Justice of the Supreme Court and court of appeal, within the rectangle provided for each candidate, and immediately above each candidate’s name, there shall appear the following: “For (designation of judicial office). ” There shall be as many of these headings as there are candidates for these judicial offices. No heading shall apply to more than one judicial office. Underneath each heading shall appear the words “Shall (title and name of Justice) be elected to the office for the term provided by law ?”

(e)In the case of all other candidates, each group of candidates to be voted on shall be preceded by the designation of the office for which they are running, and the words “vote for one” or “vote for no more than two,” or more, according to the number to be nominated or elected. The designation of the office shall be printed flush with the left-hand margin in boldfaced gothic type not smaller than 8-point. The words, “vote for ____” shall extend to the extreme right-hand margin of the column and over the voting square. The designation of the office and the directions for voting shall be separated from the candidates by a light line. There shall be no line between the headings for federal or legislative offices and the designation of the office and the directions for voting.