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SB-25 Elections: alternate ballot order: Los Angeles County pilot program.(2017-2018)



As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 08, 2018


SECTION 1.

 Section 13109.7 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

13109.7.
 (a) Notwithstanding Section 13109, for a period of three years commencing with the date that the county elections official for the County of Los Angeles declares that the voting system modernization project underway in 2018 is complete and ready for operation, the county elections official for the County of Los Angeles shall conduct elections using the alternate ballot order described in Section 13109.8.
(b) The county elections official shall prepare a report regarding the effect of using the alternate ballot order for elections conducted during the time period described in subdivision (a). The report shall include, but not be limited to, the following information:
(1) Statistics and information on the cost of transitioning to the use of the alternate ballot order.
(2) The overall turnout of voters in the jurisdiction for each election conducted using the alternate ballot order.
(3) For different contests listed on the ballot, including, but not limited to, local offices and local ballot measures, state offices and state ballot measures, and federal offices, the following information:
(A) The turnout of voters for each contest.
(B) The number of overvotes and undervotes for each contest.
(C) The dropoff rates for each contest.
(4) Legislative recommendations.
(c) The report described in subdivision (b) shall, whenever possible, compare an election conducted pursuant to this section and using the alternate ballot order described in Section 13109.8 to similar elections conducted using the ballot order described in Section 13109 in the same jurisdiction or in a comparable jurisdiction.
(d) Three years after the declaration date described in subdivision (a), the county elections official shall submit the report described in subdivision (b) to the Secretary of State and to the Legislature in accordance with Section 9795 of the Government Code. The county elections official shall also post a publicly accessible copy of the report on the Internet Web site of the county elections official.
(e) Notwithstanding any other law, the county elections official may adjust ballot instructions to the extent necessary to comply with this section.
(f) Immediately after making the declaration described in subdivision (a), the county elections official shall post the declaration on his or her Internet Web site and send the declaration to the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Senate, the Chief Clerk of the Assembly, and the Legislative Counsel.
(g) This section shall remain in effect only until the first January 1 that occurs at least four years after the declaration date described in subdivision (a), and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 Section 13109.8 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

13109.8.
 For the purposes of Sections 13109.7 and 13109.9, 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 the 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.
(11) City local initiatives and ballot measures.
(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.

SEC. 3.

 Section 13109.9 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

13109.9.
 Notwithstanding Section 13109, the county elections official for the County of Los Angeles may use the alternate ballot order described in Section 13109.8 for elections conducted after the completion of the pilot project described in Section 13109.7. Notwithstanding any other law, the county elections official may adjust ballot instructions to the extent necessary to conform to the alternate ballot order.
SEC. 4.
 The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique ability of the County of Los Angeles to collect and report data on the feasibility and effectiveness of an alternative ballot order.
SEC. 5.
 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.