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 IV. Legislative Updates

California: Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation into law that will make it easier for voters with disabilities to independently and privately cast a vote-by-mail ballot. AB 2252 allows voters with disabilities to access technology that has been limited to military and overseas voters to electronically receive their vote-by-mail ballot. Existing law already allows military and overseas voters to request that their blank vote-by-mail ballot be delivered electronically. The military or overseas voter prints out their ballot, marks it, and then mails it back to their county election official. 

Also in California, Brown has vetoed legislation that would have allowed county elections officials to cancel some special elections when only one candidate qualifies for the ballot. It was thought that the law could have saved counties millions of dollars. “In the situation envisioned by this bill, the potential write-in candidates would be excluded from participation in the election,” Brown wrote in his veto message. “This doesn’t seem consistent with democratic principles that call for choice and robust debate.”

In San Francisco, the board of supervisors has approved a ballot measure that would allow non-citizens to vote in local school elections. The measure will be on the November ballot. Similar measures were defeated in 2004 and 2010.