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AB-1228 Elections: all-mailed ballot elections. (2009-2010)

Bill Status
Yamada (A)
Coto (A) , Fong (A)
Alquist (S)
Elections: all-mailed ballot elections.
An act to add and repeal Section 4001 of the Elections Code, relating to elections.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
01/14/10 Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.
10/26/09 Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/11/09 Vetoed by Governor.
09/29/09 Enrolled and to the Governor at 1:30 p.m.
09/08/09 Senate amendments concurred in. To enrollment. (Ayes 50. Noes 28. Page 3084.)
Governor's Veto Message

To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1228 without my signature.

This bill would allow the Counties of Santa Clara and Yolo to conduct all-mail ballot elections under specified conditions.

Many Californians choose to vote-by-mail (VBM) and have the option of becoming permanent VBM voters if that is their preference. On the other hand, many prefer voting in person at their local polling place. Under the provisions of this bill, one polling place would be open per city. This limit would significantly increase the distance needed to travel to vote in-person. This burden would fall disproportionately on those who are less mobile, frequently the poor, disabled and elderly. I cannot support a measure that would make it more difficult for these individuals to exercise their right to vote.

For this reason I am unable to sign this bill.


Arnold Schwarzenegger