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AB-973 Remote accessible vote by mail system.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Low (A)
Remote accessible vote by mail system.
An act to add Sections 3016.5 and 3116.5 to the Elections Code, relating to elections.

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Desk Process
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
01/12/18 Stricken from file.
01/03/18 Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/15/17 Vetoed by Governor.
09/26/17 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
09/15/17 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 74. Noes 0. Page 3497.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 973 without my signature.

This bill requires a county elections official, by January 1, 2020, to allow voters with disabilities, and military and overseas voters, to cast a ballot using a certified remote accessible vote-by-mail system.

Just last year, I signed AB 2252 that created standards for the Secretary of State to review and approve remote accessible vote-by-mail ballot systems for use in California elections. Additionally, current law permits any voter, including a voter with a disability or a military or overseas voter, to electronically receive and cast a vote-by-mail ballot using a remote accessible vote-by-mail system, once available.

I am hesitant to mandate that counties use this technology at a time when certification of these systems is in its nascent stages. As these systems become certified, however, I encourage counties to review and adopt them as appropriate.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.