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CA SB 299

Title: Voter registration: California New Motor Voter Program.
Author: Caroline Menjivar

Summary
SB 299, as amended, Limón. Voter registration: California New Motor Voter Program. Existing law requires, in conformance with federal law, that the Secretary of State and the Department of Motor Vehicles establish and implement the California New Motor Voter Program for the purpose of increasing opportunities for voter registration for qualified voters. Existing law requires the department to transmit to the Secretary of State specified information related to a person’s eligibility to vote, which the person provides when applying for a driver’s license or identification card or when the person notifies the department of an address change. Existing law requires that if this information transmitted to the Secretary of State constitutes a completed affidavit of registration, the Secretary of State must register or preregister the person to vote, as applicable, unless the person affirmatively declines to register or is ineligible to vote, as specified.This bill would, upon a determination by the Secretary of State that adequate technology infrastructure has been established, additionally require the department to transmit specified information to the Secretary of State for a person submitting a driver’s license application who provides documentation demonstrating United States citizenship and that the person is of an eligible age to register or preregister to vote. The bill would deem this information to constitute a completed affidavit of registration for such persons, and require the Secretary of State to register or preregister the person to vote, unless the Secretary of State determines they are ineligible. The bill would require, if a person is registered or preregistered to vote in this manner, that the county elections official send a notice to the person advising that they may decline to register or preregister to vote and providing additional information. The bill would also require the county elections official to send a notice to a person who is already registered to vote, but for whom the Secretary of State changes their registration information after receiving updated name or address information from the department.This bill would prohibit the department from providing a person the opportunity to attest to meeting voter eligibility requirements when they submit a driver’s license application, if the person provides a document to the department during the transaction demonstrating that the person is not a United States citizen.This bill would expand the definition of “voter registration agency” to include entities designated by the Secretary of State. The bill would, upon a determination by the Secretary of State that adequate technology infrastructure has been established, also require the Secretary of State to establish a schedule whereby specified voter registration agencies must provide the Secretary of State electronic information regarding individuals who are eligible to vote or who provide updated registration information.This bill would make these provisions operative on the earlier of June 30, 2027, or 5 days after the Secretary of State and the department certify that the information technology infrastructure to substantially implement the bill is functional. The bill would allow the Secretary of State, commencing January 1, 2024, to perform administrative actions necessary to implement these provisions.By imposing new duties on county elections officials with respect to voter registration, 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.This bill would require the Secretary of Sta

Status
Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on TRANS.

Bill Documents
CA SB 299 - 06/27/24 - Amended Assembly
06/27/24 - CA SB 299 (06/27/24 - Amended Assembly)


CA SB 299 - 06/19/24 - Amended Assembly
06/19/24 - CA SB 299 (06/19/24 - Amended Assembly)

CA SB 299 - 06/13/23 - Amended Assembly
06/13/23 - CA SB 299 (06/13/23 - Amended Assembly)

CA SB 299 - 03/27/23 - Amended Senate
03/27/23 - CA SB 299 (03/27/23 - Amended Senate)

CA SB 299 - 03/27/23 - Amended Senate
03/27/23 - CA SB 299 (03/27/23 - Amended Senate)

CA SB 299 - 02/02/23 - Introduced
02/02/23 - CA SB 299 (02/02/23 - Introduced)

CA SB 299 - 02/02/23 - Introduced
02/02/23 - CA SB 299 (02/02/23 - Introduced)

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  • Caroline Menjivar - D
    Senator - State Senate - CA

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