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SB-672 Remote accessible vote by mail systems: voters with disabilities.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/19/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 672


Introduced by Senator Bradford

February 19, 2021


An act to add Section 3016.6 to the Elections Code, relating to elections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 672, as introduced, Bradford. Remote accessible vote by mail systems: voters with disabilities.
Beginning the later of January 1, 2020, or one year after the date on which the Secretary of State certifies a remote accessible vote by mail system, as defined, existing law requires county elections officials to allow voters with disabilities to vote using a certified remote accessible vote by mail system.
This bill would authorize a voter to self-identify as having a disability for purposes of voting with a remote accessible vote by mail system. By increasing the duties of county elections officials, the 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 3016.6 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

3016.6.
 For purposes of voting with a remote accessible vote by mail system, a voter may self-identify as having a disability.

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.