AB 918

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2017-2018 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly May 31, 2017
  • Passed Senate Sep 12, 2017
  • Signed by Governor Oct 15, 2017

California Voting for All Act.

Abstract

(1) In counties where the Secretary of State has determined that it is appropriate, existing law requires each precinct board to post, in a conspicuous location in the polling place, at least one facsimile copy of the ballot with the ballot measures and ballot instructions printed in Spanish. Existing law requires that facsimile ballots be printed in other languages and posted in the same manner if a significant and substantial need is found by the Secretary of State. This bill, the California Voting for All Act, would instead require the county elections official to post one facsimile copy of the ballot that is printed in Spanish or other applicable languages, as determined by the Secretary of State, and to provide at least one facsimile copy of the ballot for voters at the polling place to use as a reference when casting a private ballot. If the Secretary of State determines that the number of voting-age residents in a precinct who are members of a single language minority and who lack sufficient skills in English to vote without assistance exceeds 20% of the voting-age residents in that precinct, the bill would require the county elections official to post one facsimile copy of the ballot, as described above, and to provide at least 3 facsimile copies of the ballot for voters at the polling place to use as a reference when casting a private ballot. The bill would require, in polling places where facsimile copies of the ballot are necessary, precinct board members to be trained on the purpose and proper handling of facsimile copies of ballots. The bill would also provide that a county elections official is not required to provide facsimile copies of the ballot in a particular language if the county elections official is required to provide translated ballots in that language under other provisions of law, as specified. The bill would authorize a vote by mail voter to request that a facsimile copy of a ballot be sent by regular mail or electronic mail in the language of his or her preference, as specified. The bill would require a county elections official to prepare the requested facsimile copies no later than 10 days before election day and to process any requests for facsimile copies, as specified. By imposing new duties on county elections officials, the bill would create a state-mandated local program. (2) Existing law, the California Voter's Choice Act, authorizes 14 specified counties, on or after January 1, 2018, and on or after January 1, 2020, any county except for the County of Los Angeles, to conduct any election as an all-mailed ballot election if certain conditions are satisfied. On or after January 1, 2020, the act authorizes the County of Los Angeles to conduct any election as a vote center election if certain conditions are satisfied, including conditions related to ballot dropoff locations and vote centers. This bill would apply certain requirements relating to the availability and accessibility of non-English facsimile ballots and the public posting of voter information to the County of Los Angeles if it conducts a vote center election pursuant to the California Voter's Choice Act. For an all-mailed ballot election or vote center election conducted pursuant to the California Voter's Choice Act, the bill would require a county elections official to determine if a voter has previously identified a preferred language other than English, and would also require a county elections official to provide a facsimile copy of the ballot in the voter's language preference, as specified, if the county is providing facsimile copies of the ballot in that language. (3) Existing law states the intent of the Legislature that non-English-speaking citizens, like all other citizens, should be encouraged to vote and that appropriate efforts should be made to minimize obstacles to non-English-speaking citizens voting without assistance. Existing law requires an elections official to make reasonable efforts to recruit election officials who are fluent in a non-English language and in English, if the official finds that non-English-speaking citizens approximate 3% or more of the voting-age residents of a precinct, or if interested citizens or organizations provide information that the elections official believes indicates a need for voting assistance for qualified non-English-speaking citizens. This bill would require county elections officials to report to the Secretary of State within 150 days following each statewide general election the number of individuals recruited to serve as members of precinct boards, including the number of those individuals recruited who are fluent in each language required to be represented at polling places. The bill would require, at each polling place, a precinct board member to identify the non-English languages spoken by him or her, other than English, by wearing a mechanism identifying the non-English languages spoken by that member. The bill would also make conforming changes to other provisions of law. (4) This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 14200 of the Elections Code proposed by SB 286 to be operative only if this bill and SB 286 are enacted and this bill is enacted last. (5) 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.

Bill Sponsors (10)

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Actions


Oct 15, 2017

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 845, Statutes of 2017.

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

Sep 25, 2017

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 12 p.m.

Sep 14, 2017

Assembly

Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 61. Noes 12. Page 3377.).

Sep 13, 2017

Assembly

In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after September 15 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.

Assembly

Assembly Rule 77(a) suspended. (Ayes 54. Noes 25. Page 3255.)

Sep 12, 2017

Senate

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 31. Noes 8. Page 2754.).

Sep 11, 2017

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Sep 08, 2017

Senate

Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Sep 07, 2017

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Sep 06, 2017

Senate

Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Sep 05, 2017

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Sep 01, 2017

Senate

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 5. Noes 2.) (September 1).

Aug 28, 2017

Senate

In committee: Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
APPR. suspense file. APPR

Aug 21, 2017

Senate

In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

Senate

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
  • Reading-2
  • Reading-1
  • Amendment-Introduction
Com. on APPR.

Jul 13, 2017

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 4. Noes 1.) (July 12). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jul 06, 2017

Senate

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on E. & C.A.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
  • Reading-2
  • Reading-1
  • Amendment-Introduction
Com. on E. & C.A.

Jun 14, 2017

Senate

Referred to Com. on E. & C.A.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on E. & C.A.

Jun 01, 2017

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

May 31, 2017

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 61. Noes 11. Page 1964.)

May 30, 2017

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Assembly

Assembly Rule 63 suspended. (Ayes 52. Noes 24. Page 1776.)

May 26, 2017

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 13. Noes 4.) (May 26).

Apr 26, 2017

Assembly

In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
APPR. suspense file. APPR

Apr 05, 2017

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (April 5). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Mar 30, 2017

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on E. & R.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on E. & R.

Mar 29, 2017

Assembly

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on E. & R. Read second time and amended.

Mar 02, 2017

Assembly

Referred to Com. on E. & R.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on E. & R.

Feb 17, 2017

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 19.

Feb 16, 2017

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB918 HTML
02/16/17 - Introduced PDF
03/29/17 - Amended Assembly PDF
05/30/17 - Amended Assembly PDF
07/06/17 - Amended Senate PDF
08/21/17 - Amended Senate PDF
09/06/17 - Amended Senate PDF
09/08/17 - Amended Senate PDF
09/15/17 - Enrolled PDF
10/15/17 - Chaptered PDF

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