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SB-568 Primary elections: election date.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 06/21/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  June 21, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  June 06, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  March 28, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 568


Introduced by Senator Lara

February 17, 2017


An act to amend, repeal, and add Sections 316, 340, 1000, 1001, 1201, and 1202 of the Elections Code, relating to elections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 568, as amended, Lara. Primary elections: election date.
Existing law requires that the statewide direct primary be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June in each even-numbered year. Existing law requires that the presidential primary be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June in any year that is evenly divisible by the number 4, and requires that the presidential primary be consolidated with the statewide direct primary held in that year.
This bill would, beginning in 2019, change the date of the statewide direct primary and the presidential primary to the 3rd Tuesday in March and would continue the requirement that those elections be consolidated. However, in presidential election years, the bill would enable the Governor to select a date for the consolidated primary that is before the 3rd Tuesday in March, provided that (1) at least one state is 3 states are scheduled to hold its primary their primaries before the date that the Governor selects and (2) the Governor issues a proclamation calling the election at least 240 days before the date that he or she selects. The bill would also make conforming changes.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 316 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

316.
 (a) “Direct primary” is the primary election held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June in each even-numbered year, to nominate candidates to be voted for at the ensuing general election or to elect members of a party central committee.
(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2019, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 Section 316 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

316.
 (a) “Direct primary” is the primary election held on the third Tuesday in March in each even-numbered year, or, as applicable in years evenly divisible by four, an earlier date selected by the Governor pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 1202.
(b) This section shall become operative January 1, 2019.

SEC. 3.

 Section 340 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

340.
 (a) “Presidential primary” is the primary election that is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June in any year that is evenly divisible by the number four, and at which delegations to national party conventions are to be chosen.
(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2019, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 4.

 Section 340 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

340.
 (a) “Presidential primary” is the primary election that is held on the third Tuesday in March of any year that is evenly divisible by four or, as applicable, an earlier date selected by the Governor pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 1202.
(b) This section shall become operative January 1, 2019.

SEC. 5.

 Section 1000 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

1000.
 The established election dates are as follows:
(a) The second Tuesday of April in each even-numbered year.
(b) The first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of each odd-numbered year.
(c) The first Tuesday after the first Monday in June in each year.
(d) The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each year.
(e) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2019, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 6.

 Section 1000 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

1000.
 The established election dates are as follows:
(a) The second Tuesday of April in each even-numbered year.
(b) The first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of each odd-numbered year.
(c) The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each year.
(d) The third Tuesday in March in each even-numbered year, or, as applicable in years evenly divisible by four, an earlier date selected by the Governor pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 1202.
(e) This section shall become operative January 1, 2019.

SEC. 7.

 Section 1001 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

1001.
 (a) Elections held in June and November of each even-numbered year are statewide elections and the dates of those elections are statewide election dates.
(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2019, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 8.

 Section 1001 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

1001.
 The following are statewide elections and their dates are statewide election dates:
(a) An election held in November of an even-numbered year.
(b) An election held in March of an even-numbered year.
(c) An election held on a date set pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 1202.
(d) This section shall become operative January 1, 2019.

SEC. 9.

 Section 1201 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

1201.
 (a) The statewide direct primary shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June of each even-numbered year.
(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2019, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 10.

 Section 1201 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

1201.
 (a) The statewide direct primary shall be held on the third Tuesday in March of each even-numbered year, or, as applicable in years evenly divisible by four, an earlier date selected by the Governor pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 1202.
(b) This section shall become operative January 1, 2019.

SEC. 11.

 Section 1202 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

1202.
 (a) The presidential primary shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June in any year that is evenly divisible by the number four, and shall be consolidated with the statewide direct primary held in that year.
(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2019, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 12.

 Section 1202 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

1202.
 (a) The presidential primary shall be consolidated with the statewide direct primary in any year that is evenly divisible by four, and the consolidated primary shall be held on the third Tuesday in March or an earlier date selected by the Governor pursuant to subdivision (b).
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the Governor may schedule the consolidated primary for a Tuesday that is before the third Tuesday in March, provided that both of the following occur:
(1) At least one state is three states are scheduled to hold its primary their primaries before the date that the Governor selects.
(2) The Governor issues a proclamation calling the election for the consolidated primary at least 240 days before the date that the Governor selects.
(c) This section shall become operative January 1, 2019.