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SB-583 Automated voter registration.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/18/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 583


Introduced by Senator Newman

February 18, 2021


An act to add and repeal Section 2263.5 of the Elections Code, relating to elections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 583, as introduced, Newman. Automated voter registration.
Existing law requires the Secretary of State and the Department of Motor Vehicles to establish the California New Motor Voter Program. Under the program, the Department of Motor Vehicles is required to provide to the Secretary of State specified information associated with each person who submits an application for a driver’s license or identification card. The person’s motor vehicle records then constitute a completed affidavit of registration and the person is registered to vote, except as specified.
This bill would require the Secretary of State, no later than January 1, 2023, to review the laws and implementation of the automated voter registration systems in specified states and, in consultation with the State Department of Public Health, the Department of Managed Health Care, and Covered California, report to the elections committees of each house of the Legislature on the projected cost and practicability of extending automated voter registration to Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 2263.5 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

2263.5.
 (a) No later than January 1, 2023, the Secretary of State shall do both of the following:
(1) Review the laws and implementation of automated voter registration systems of Washington, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Illinois that extend automated voter registration to social service agencies, including those agencies that administer Medicaid.
(2) In consultation with the State Department of Public Health, the Department of Managed Health Care, and Covered California, report to the elections committees of each house of the Legislature on the projected cost and practicability of extending automated voter registration required by Section 2263 to Medi-Cal beneficiaries.
(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2027, and as of that date is repealed.