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SB-25 Elections: ballot order.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 06/18/2018 09:00 PM
SB25:v94#DOCUMENT

Amended  IN  Assembly  June 18, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  June 12, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 22, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  August 29, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  March 30, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 25


Introduced by Senator Portantino
(Coauthor: Senator Stern)

December 05, 2016


An act to repeal and add Section 13109 of the Elections Code, relating to elections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 25, as amended, Portantino. Elections: ballot order.
Existing law specifies the order of precedence of offices on the ballot, beginning with nominees for President and Vice President to be listed under the heading, PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT, and ending with directors or trustees for each district to be listed under the heading, DISTRICT. Measures submitted to the voters appear after district directors or trustees. Existing law authorizes a county elections official to vary the order for certain offices and measures submitted to the voters, in order to allow for the most efficient use of space on the ballot in counties that use a voting system, as defined. Existing law requires that the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction precede any school, county, or city office and that state measures precede local measures.
This bill would repeal the above provisions and establish a revised order of precedence of offices on the ballot requiring that local offices, candidates or nominees to the State Senate and the State Assembly Assembly, candidates or nominees to the House of Representatives of the United States, and local measures appear first and be listed under the heading, CITY/LOCAL. The bill would require that district offices and measures appear under the heading, DISTRICT, county offices and measures appear under the heading, COUNTY, state offices and measures appear under the heading, STATE, and state judicial offices appear under the heading, STATE JUDICIAL. The bill would require that nominees for federal offices, including President and Vice President, appear last and be listed under the heading, NATIONAL ELECTION.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 13109 of the Elections Code is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 Section 13109 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

13109.
 The order of precedence of offices on the ballot shall be as listed below for those offices and measures that apply to the election for which this ballot is provided. Beginning in the column to the left:
(a) Under the heading, CITY/LOCAL:
(1) Mayor.
(2) Member, City Council.
(3) Unified School District Board Members.
(4) High School District Board Members.
(5) Elementary School District Board Members.
(6) College District Governing Board Members.
(7) Other offices in alphabetical order by the title of the office.
(8) Candidates or nominees to the State Senate.
(9) Candidates or nominees to the State Assembly.
(10) Candidates or nominees to the House of Representatives of the United States.

(10)

(11) City local initiatives and ballot measures.

(11)

(12) Local school district initiatives and ballot measures.
(b) Under the heading, DISTRICT:
(1) Directors or trustees for each district in alphabetical order according to the name of the district.
(2) District initiatives and ballot measures.
(c) Under the heading, COUNTY:
(1) County Supervisor.
(2) Sheriff.
(3) Assessor.
(4) County Superintendent of Schools.
(5) County Board of Education.
(6) Other offices in alphabetical order by the title of the office.
(7) Judge of the Superior Court.
(8) County Marshall.
(9) Members of the County Central Committee.
(10) County initiatives and ballot measures.
(d) Under the heading, STATE:
(1) Governor.
(2) Lieutenant Governor.
(3) Secretary of State.
(4) Controller.
(5) Treasurer.
(6) Attorney General.
(7) Insurance Commissioner.
(8) Member, State Board of Equalization.
(9) Superintendent of Public Instruction.
(10) Statewide initiatives and ballot measures.
(e) Under the heading, STATE JUDICIAL:
(1) Chief Justice of California.
(2) Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
(3) Presiding Judge, Court of Appeal.
(4) Associate Justice, Court of Appeal.
(f) Under the heading, NATIONAL ELECTION:
(1) Under the subheading, PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT:
(A) Nominees of the qualified political parties and independent nominees for President and Vice President.
(B) Names of the presidential candidates to whom the delegates are pledged.
(C) Names of the chairperson of unpledged delegations.
(2) Candidates or nominees to the United States Senate.

(3)Candidates or nominees to the House of Representatives of the United States.