The California Senate Elections Committee, and also the California Assembly Elections Committee, are both hearing election law bills on Tuesday, June 19. Unfortunately both committees are meeting simultaneously, at 1:30 p.m., so it is very difficult for anyone to attend both hearings.
The Senate Elections Committee hears AB 1436, the bill to allow individuals to register to vote on election day. This would eliminate a large number of provisional ballots. Under current law, individuals sometimes come into the polling place and believe they are registered to vote, but no record can be found for them. If same-day registration existed, such individuals could register on the spot. Such individuals would need a photo ID and proof of their residence address.
The Senate Elections Committee also hears AB 2058, to make it illegal to pay registration workers on a per-registration card basis. Because the only method for qualified parties to remain qualified is to keep their registration up to at least 1% of the last gubernatorial vote, this bill would injure qualified minor parties who are seeking to increase their registration. The Peace & Freedom Party formally opposes the bill and is expected to send a representative to testify against it.
Finally, the Senate Elections Committee hears AB 2410, which would prohibit someone who has been convicted of certain kinds of felonies from running for any public office for twenty years. As applied to federal office, the bill would violate the U.S. Constitution.
The Assembly Elections Committee will hear SB 1272, which would extend the terms of political party central committeemembers from two years to four years. Elections for that office would only be held in presidential election years.
The Assembly Elections Committee will also hear ACA 10, which would make it much more difficult to qualify a statewide initiative to alter the state Constitution. It would require signatures of 8% of the last gubernatorial vote from each of 27 State Senate districts. Currently the signatures for any initiative can be gathered from anywhere in the state.