Senate Bill 415


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February 16, 2017

  • February 16, 2017




  • Senate Bill 415



Approved by Governor September 1, 2015

  • Approved by Governor September 1, 2015

  • Adds Sections 14050-57 to the Elections Code

  • Titled “California Voter Participation Rights Act”

  • Takes Effect January 1, 2018



Odd year elections or elections other than those held in June or November are not “statewide elections”

  • Odd year elections or elections other than those held in June or November are not “statewide elections”

  • June or November even-year elections are “statewide elections”

  • New Elections Code section 14052 prohibits local jurisdictions from holding elections on Non statewide date if:

    • Turnout in any one of the four previous elections is 25% less than the average of the last four statewide elections


    • Maximizes turnout potential (November statewide elections have highest participation)
    • Election costs likely to be lower since more entities have elections on this date and costs will be spread over larger group
    • Prevention of potential lawsuits under “Rights of Voters” and “Voter Participation”


  • Opinion sought from the CA Attorney General







  • Senate Bill 450



Approved by Governor September 29, 2016

  • Approved by Governor September 29, 2016

  • Amends Sections 3017 and 15320; adds Sections 4005, 4006, and 4007, and adds and repeals Section 4008 of, the Elections Code, relating to elections

  • Titled “California Voter’s Choice Act”

  • Takes Effect January 1, 2018



Local Option

  • Local Option

  • Vote Centers

    • Early Voting
    • Election Day
  • Ballot Drop-Off Locations

  • All Vote By Mail (VBM) Election (LA 2024)

  • Public Planning Process

  • Education and Outreach



Consistent with VSAP and a critical component to the successful implementation of the new voting system

  • Consistent with VSAP and a critical component to the successful implementation of the new voting system

  • Allows registered voters to vote at any location in the county during voting period

  • 1/30,000 (E-10 – E-4): 173

    • 1/city with at least 1,000 registered voters
  • 1/7,500 (E-3 – ED): 692

  • Accessibility and Language-Assistance Requirements





Secured, accessible and Locked

  • Secured, accessible and Locked

  • Open during regular business hours

  • One exterior location open 12 hours/day

  • Possible drive-thru drop-offs

  • 1/15,000 PVBM (E-28 – Election Day): 151





Establish a language accessibility advisory committee and a voting accessibility advisory committee

  • Establish a language accessibility advisory committee and a voting accessibility advisory committee

  • County will conduct a service area analysis of vote center plans

    • Draft plan for the administration of elections conducted, which contains vote center and drop-off proximity locations
  • Provide public meetings to accept public comments



Education & outreach plan approved by the SOS

  • Education & outreach plan approved by the SOS

  • Public service announcements though the media

  • Conduct voter educational workshops

  • Public posting of information on locations, hours of operation and amount of vote centers & drop-offs

  • Toll-free voter assistance hotline

  • 2 direct contacts with voters for purpose of informing





  • Voting Systems Assessment Project
















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