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SB-962 State voter information guides.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 01/31/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 962


Introduced by Senator Allen

January 31, 2018


An act to amend Section 9094.5 of the Elections Code, relating to elections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 962, as introduced, Allen. State voter information guides.
Existing law requires the Secretary of State to prepare and mail to voters a state voter information guide and to make available the complete contents of the guide over the Internet. Existing law also requires the Secretary of State to establish processes to allow a voter to opt out of receiving the state voter information guide by mail and, instead, to either receive the guide in an electronic format or receive an electronic notification making the guide available by means of online access. Existing law also requires the Secretary of State to establish a procedure to permit a voter who has opted out of receiving the voter information guide by mail to again begin receiving the voter information guide by mail.
This bill would require the Secretary of State to post this opt-in procedure for receiving the guide by mail on his or her Internet web site.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 9094.5 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

9094.5.
 (a) The Secretary of State shall establish processes to enable a voter to do both of the following:
(1) Opt out of receiving by mail the state voter information guide prepared pursuant to Section 9081.
(2) When the state voter information guide is available, receive either the state voter information guide in an electronic format or an electronic notification making the guide available by means of online access. The electronic version of the state voter information guide shall include an active hyperlink for each cited Uniform Resource Locator.
(b) The processes described in subdivision (a) do not apply where two or more registered voters have the same postal address unless each voter who shares the same postal address has chosen to discontinue receiving the state voter information guide by mail.
(c) (1) The Secretary of State shall also establish a procedure to permit a voter to begin receiving the state voter information guide by mail again after the voter has discontinued receiving it pursuant to subdivision (a).
(2) The Secretary of State shall post the procedure described in paragraph (1) on his or her Internet web site.