senate Bill S1056

Provides that voters who voted by affidavit ballot shall be notified as to whether their vote was tallied, and, if not, an explanation must be provided

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 22 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS
  • 19 / May / 2009
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO CODES
  • 02 / Jun / 2009
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.560
  • 03 / Jun / 2009
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 04 / Jun / 2009
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 16 / Jul / 2009
    • COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO ELECTIONS

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A665A
Versions:
S1056
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Election Law

Votes

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9
Aye
5
Nay
2
aye with reservations
0
absent
0
excused
0
abstained
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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S1056

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the election law, in relation to tally notification
for affidavit ballot voters


PURPOSE :
To notify voters who have cast their ballot by affidavit when their
ballot was not tallied and counted.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Requires local boards of election to notify in writing, any person who
voted in a general or special election by affidavit ballot as to
whether or not their vote was eventually tallied. If such votes were
not tallied, such notification must provide an explanation.

EXISTING LAW :
At present, there is no provision in law that notifies a voter when
their ballot has been counted.

JUSTIFICATION :
We encourage our citizens to vote, yet when they are forced to vote by
affidavit or paper ballot their vote is often not counted. This can be
the result being given the wrong election district within a polling
site, being given the wrong ballot format of that ED, an inspector
fails to complete their portion of the envelope or for a variety of
other reasons. The voter should be notified that their vote was not
counted and for what reason so that they will be able to avoid the
same mistake or pit fall in the next election.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
Minimal postage by local board.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall become law on the thirtieth day after it shall have
become a law.
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