Voting Rights

Legislation

SB 423 - November 3, 2020, statewide general election.
DRC Support

The Covid-19 pandemic concerns Californians. Many people in California are worried about their health and safety from an aggressive and deadly virus.

SB 423 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 423 Position Letter (rtf)

SB 1124 - Elections: vote by mail ballots
DRC Opposes

SB 1124 requires an unnecessary restriction on non-family members helping to return a vote by mail ballot for another person.

AB 1124 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 1124 Position Letter (rtf)

 

AB 2643 - Elections: vote by mail ballots
DRC Opposes

AB 2643 would require a vote by mail voter to only have a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, or person residing in their home to return a ballot for them.

AB 2643 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 2643 Position Letter (rtf)

 

AB 2072 - California New Motor Voter Program: voter registration
DRC Opposes

AB 2072 would require a person to affirmatively agree to become registered or preregistered to vote. This is known as an “opt in” process to become a registered voter.

AB 2072 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 2072 Position Letter (rtf)

 

AB 860 - Elections: vote by mail ballots
DRC Support

Currently, 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. This bill would require county elections officials to mail a ballot to every registered voter for the general election on November 3, 2020.

AB 860 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 860 Position Letter (rtf)

 

AB 2070 - Elections: compulsory voting
DRC Oppose

This bill would require a person, who is qualified and is registered to vote, to cast a ballot at every election held within the territory, within which the person resides and the election is held.

AB 2070 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 2070 Position Letter (rtf)

 

SB 57 - California New Motor Voter Program: voter registration
DRC Oppose

Existing law establishes the California New Motor Voter Program. As enacted in 2015 (AB 1461, Chapter 729, Statutes of 2015), the program is intended to improve voter registration by making registration easier when citizens get or renew a driver’s license, thereby increasing opportunities for eligible citizens to participate in democracy by voting.

SB 57 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 57 Position Letter (rtf)

 

AB 773 - Voter education: high school pupils
DRC Support - Request for Signature

AB 773 would require school districts to implement voter education programming – developed by the Secretary of State and Department of Education, and further customized by local elections officials – for 12th grade students, which would equip young adults with the skills and knowledge needed to become electorally engaged citizens.

AB 773 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 773 Position Letter (rtf)

 

SB 511 - California New Motor Voter Program: implementation
DRC Support

Existing law establishes the California New Motor Voter Program for the purpose of increasing opportunities for voter registration by anyone qualified to be a voter under the California Constitution.

SB 511 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 511 Position Letter (rtf)

 

SB 523 - Elections: vote by mail ballots
DRC Support - Request for Signature

Existing law specifies timelines for elections officials, upon receiving a vote by mail ballot, to compare the signatures on the identification envelope of the ballot to existing records of the voter’s signature and to notify the voter of an opportunity to verify the voter’s signature if the signatures do not match, or to sign the ballot if the voter failed to do so.

SB 523 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 523 Position Letter (rtf)

 

AB 59 - Elections: polling places: college and university campuses
DRC Support - Request for Signature

Existing law requires, upon request of a local elections official, that the governing body having jurisdiction over a public school building allow the school building to be used as a polling place or vote center, under specific conditions. This bill would require that the local elections official designate at least one location on each California State University campus within the official’s jurisdiction as a vote center or satellite office, as specified.

AB 59 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 59 Position Letter (rtf)

 

SB 72 - Conditional voter registration: provisional ballots
DRC Support

This bill would specifically require, rather than permit, the county elections official to offer conditional voter registration and provisional voting at all satellite offices of the county elections official and all polling places in the county.

SB 72 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 72 Position Letter (rtf)

 

AB 504 - Voter registration: residency confirmation
DRC Support

This bill would authorize a county elections official to exclude from this residency confirmation procedure a voter who has confirmed the voter's voter registration record on the internet website of the Secretary of State within the year preceding the start of the confirmation procedure.

AB 504 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 504 Position Letter (rtf)

 

AB 623 - Elections: printing requirements and ballot design
DRC Support

This bill would delete provisions requiring certain text to be printed in a particular font and make ballot related changes allowing more flexibility.

AB 623 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 623 Position Letter (rtf)