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SB-511 California New Motor Voter Program: implementation. (2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/21/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 511


Introduced by Senator Moorlach

February 21, 2019


An act to amend Section 2270 of the Elections Code, relating to voter registration.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 511, as introduced, Moorlach. California New Motor Voter Program: implementation.
Under the California New Motor Voter Program, the Department of Motor Vehicles is required to provide to the Secretary of State specified information associated with each person who submits an application for a driver’s license or identification card. The person’s motor vehicle records then constitute a completed affidavit of registration and the person is registered to vote, unless the person affirmatively declines to register to vote during a transaction with the department, the department does not represent to the Secretary of State that the person attested that they meet all voter eligibility requirements, or the Secretary of State determines that the person is ineligible to vote. Existing law requires the Secretary of State to adopt regulations to implement the program, as specified.
This bill would also require the establishment of a committee including representatives of the Secretary of State’s office, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and counties, for the purpose of facilitating the sharing of information necessary to implement the program. This bill would further require the Department of Motor Vehicles to train its employees on voter registration practices implementing the program.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 2270 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

2270.
 (a) The Secretary of State shall adopt regulations to implement this chapter, including regulations addressing both of the following:

(a)

(1) A process for canceling the registration or preregistration of a person who is ineligible to vote, but became registered or preregistered under the California New Motor Voter Program in the absence of any violation by that person of Section 18100.

(b)

(2) An education and outreach campaign informing voters about the California New Motor Voter Program that the Secretary of State will conduct to implement this chapter. The Secretary of State may use any public and private funds available for this and shall provide materials created for this outreach and education campaign in languages other than English, as required by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Sec. 10503).
(b) A committee, including representatives from the Secretary of State’s office, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and counties, shall be established to facilitate the sharing of information necessary to implement this chapter.
(c) The Department of Motor Vehicles shall train all department employees on voter registration practices implementing this chapter.