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AB-446 Elections: political party qualifications.(2021-2022)

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Bill Status
AB-446
Mayes (A)
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Elections: political party qualifications.
03/11/21
An act to amend Sections 5001, 5003, 5100, and 5151 of the Elections Code, relating to elections.
Assembly
09/09/21
08/26/21

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
10/07/21 Vetoed by Governor.
09/13/21 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
09/07/21 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 65. Noes 2.).
09/02/21 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after September 4 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
09/02/21 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 32. Noes 1.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 446 without my signature.

This bill reduces the number of signatures needed on a petition to form a new political party, and allows the name of a proposed political party that fails to qualify as a party to be eligible for use by a different political body in the future. In addition, this bill permits a body that is attempting to form a new political party to request reconsideration if the Secretary of State rejects the proposed party's name.

California prides itself on its diversity. We have worked hard to ensure our elections are fair, transparent, and accessible so all Californians can be represented in this state. Existing law offers prospective new political parties with an alternative qualification process. I am concerned that this bill creates additional burdens for county elections officials to maintain an ever-changing number of political parties and that this bill could create confusion among voters due to the constant churn of parties coming onto, and falling off of, the ballot.

This bill would also likely create a state reimbursable mandate as it requires that, for every political party that qualifies, there would be an additional one to two added variations of each ballot type, with an increase in corresponding workload.

I agree with the author's goal of increasing and diversifying voices and perspectives in our democratic system, but I am not convinced this bill would assist in that endeavor.


Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom