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Elections Code - ELEC


  ( Division 0.5 heading added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1143, Sec. 17. )

CHAPTER 1 General Provisions [1. - 20]
  ( Chapter 1 enacted by Stats. 1994, Ch. 920, Sec. 2. )


(a) The Secretary of State is the chief elections officer of the state, and has the powers and duties specified in this code and Section 12172.5 of the Government Code.

(b) (1) The Secretary of State shall make reasonable efforts to do all of the following:

(A) Promote voter registration to eligible voters.

(B) Encourage eligible voters to vote.

(C) Promote pre-registration to eligible citizens.

(D) Promote civic learning and engagement to prepare students and new citizens to register to vote and to vote.

(2) In undertaking these efforts, the Secretary of State shall prioritize communities that have been historically underrepresented in voter registration or voting.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 394, Sec. 1. (SB 511) Effective January 1, 2018.)