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SB-286 Elections: vote by mail voters.(2017-2018)



Current Version: 03/29/17 - Amended Senate        


SB286:v98#DOCUMENT

Amended  IN  Senate  March 29, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 286


Introduced by Senator Stern

February 09, 2017


An act to amend Section 3015 of the Elections Code, relating to elections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 286, as amended, Stern. Elections: vote by mail voters.
Existing law permits vote by mail voters to who return to their home precincts on election day to vote if they surrender their vote by mail ballots, as specified. Existing law requires the precinct board to return these surrendered ballots to the elections official in a designated envelope.
This bill would permit vote by mail voters who return to their home precincts or go to another voting location, as specified, to vote nonprovisional ballots if they surrender their ballots to the relevant voting authority or, if they are unable to surrender their vote by mail ballots to vote non-provisional ballots ballots, if the precinct board voting authority verifies that they have not returned their vote by mail ballots and notates their voter records accordingly. By increasing the duties of local elections officials, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 3015 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

3015.
 (a) Notwithstanding subdivision (f) of Section 14310, vote by mail voters who return to the polling place designated for their home precincts on election day may day, or go to a vote center established pursuant to Section 4005, or to the office or satellite office of an elections official where voting is permitted, shall be permitted to vote non-provisional nonprovisional ballots if either of the following conditions is satisfied:
(1) They surrender their vote by mail voter ballots to the inspector of the precinct board. board, a member of the vote center election board, or the elections official.
(2) They are unable to surrender their vote by mail voter ballots pursuant to paragraph (1) but the precinct board board, vote center election board, or elections official does all of the following:
(A) Verifies that they have not returned their vote by mail ballots.
(B) Notates their voter records to ensure that their vote by mail ballots are not cast or tabulated after they vote at the polls.
(b) The precinct board and vote center election board shall return the unused vote by mail voters’ ballots surrendered pursuant to subdivision (a) to the elections official in an envelope designated for this purpose.

SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.