AB 860

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2019-2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly May 02, 2019
  • Passed Senate Jun 11, 2020
  • Signed by Governor Jun 18, 2020

Elections: vote by mail ballots.

Abstract

Under existing law, a registered voter may vote by mail by requesting a vote by mail ballot for a specific election or by becoming a permanent vote by mail voter. County elections officials must begin mailing ballots and other required materials to these voters no later than 29 days before the day of the election. Existing law, the California Voter's Choice Act, authorizes any county to conduct any election occurring on or after January 1, 2020, as an all-mailed ballot election if specified conditions are met. In an all-mailed ballot election held under the act, the county elections official must mail a ballot to every registered voter, regardless of whether the voter requested a vote by mail ballot or is a permanent vote by mail voter. This bill would require county elections officials to mail a ballot to every registered voter for the November 3, 2020, statewide general election. Existing law requires county elections officials to permit voters with a disability, and military or overseas voters, to cast a ballot using a certified remote accessible vote by mail system. This bill would require county elections officials to permit any voter to cast a ballot using a certified remote accessible vote by mail system for the November 3, 2020, statewide general election. Existing law requires the Secretary of State to establish, by January 1, 2020, a system that a county elections official may use to allow a voter to track the voter's vote by mail ballot through the mail system and processing by the county elections official. County elections officials are not required to use the system, however. This bill would require county elections officials to use the Secretary of State's system, or a system that meets the same specifications, for the November 3, 2020, statewide general election. Under existing law, a vote by mail ballot is timely cast if it is voted on or before election day and, if returned by mail, received by the voter's elections official via the United States Postal Service, or a bona fide private mail delivery company, no later than 3 days after election day. This bill would, for the November 3, 2020, statewide general election, extend the deadline by which vote by mail ballots must be received by the county elections official to the 17th day after election day. Under existing law, any jurisdiction having the necessary computer capability may start to process vote by mail ballots on the 10th business day before the election. This processing includes opening vote by mail ballot return envelopes, removing ballots, duplicating any damaged ballots, and preparing the ballots to be machine read, or machine reading them, including processing write-in votes so that they can be tallied by the machine, but under no circumstances may a vote count be accessed or released until 8 p.m. on the day of the election. This bill would authorize these jurisdictions, for the November 3, 2020, statewide general election, to begin processing vote by mail ballots on the 29th day before the election. By requiring county elections officials to mail a ballot to every registered voter, and to take other actions expanding vote by mail voting, including making remote accessible voting available to all voters, this 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. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Bill Sponsors (21)

Votes


Actions


Jun 18, 2020

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 4, Statutes of 2020.

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 1 p.m.

Assembly

Urgency clause adopted. Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 68. Noes 5.).

Jun 16, 2020

Assembly

From committee: That the Senate amendments be concurred in. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (June 16).

Jun 11, 2020

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on E. & R. pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.2.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on E. & R. pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.2.

Assembly

In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.

Senate

Read third time. Urgency clause adopted. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly.

Jun 10, 2020

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Jun 09, 2020

Senate

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 5. Noes 2.) (June 9).

Jun 04, 2020

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.

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

Jun 02, 2020

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 4. Noes 1.) (June 2). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

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

May 28, 2020

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.

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

Senate

Re-referred to Com. on E. & C.A.

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

May 11, 2020

Senate

Re-referred to Com. on RLS.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS.

Apr 24, 2020

Senate

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

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

May 16, 2019

Senate

Referred to Com. on G.O.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on G.O.

May 02, 2019

Senate

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

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 76. Noes 0. Page 1476.)

Apr 25, 2019

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to Consent Calendar.

Apr 24, 2019

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 18. Noes 0.) (April 24).

Apr 04, 2019

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 20. Noes 0.) (April 3). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

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

Mar 04, 2019

Assembly

Referred to Com. on G.O.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on G.O.

Feb 21, 2019

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 23.

Feb 20, 2019

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB860 HTML
02/20/19 - Introduced PDF
04/24/20 - Amended Senate PDF
05/28/20 - Amended Senate PDF
06/04/20 - Amended Senate PDF
06/18/20 - Enrolled PDF
06/18/20 - Chaptered PDF

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