Election reform and boosting voter turnout are key legislative priorities for me. Since I arrived in Sacramento in 2012, I have authored eight bills designed to modernize and reform the elections process, including proposals to improve transparency, make sure every vote counts and increase voter participation.
Please contact my office for more information about these bills and issues. I am committed to continuing my efforts to make sure the elections process in California is open and transparent and that every vote counts! To register to vote or update your voter registration please visit the Secretary of State website.
Fair and Transparent Elections
AB 44 (Chaptered) would reform the state's current recount law by creating a state-funded recount process in very close statewide elections. I introduced this bill in response to the deep flaws that were exposed in the existing process during last year's State Controller's race. Watch a clip of my floor presentation on AB 44 and the results of the floor vote.
Voter Engagement and Empowerment
AB 554 (Chaptered) allows high school students who are lawful permanent residents to serve as poll workers in California elections. My hope is that this bill would provide an important educational opportunity for high school-aged, lawful permanent residents who may want to learn about the United States democratic process.
AB 1446 (Chaptered) ensures that the privacy of Californians' personal information is protected when applying to register to vote online with the assistance of a third party, such as at a voter registration drive. In addition, the bill updates the Student Voter Registration Act to reflect the implementation of online voter registration and encourage students to register to vote over the internet while registering for classes.
AB 2028 (Chaptered) In 2011 the legislature authorized a pilot project to examine the effects of vote-by-mail elections on turnout levels in special elections. The project only applied to one rural county, and it capped the number of mail-in elections at three; it is set to expire in 2018. Last year, elections were conducted on one out of the three total permissible election dates. AB 2028 expanded the pilot project that is already taking place in Yolo County to include San Mateo County. The purpose of the project is to examine the effect of all-mail elections on voter turnout, including an analysis of turnout by ethnicity.
ACA 2/ACA 7 (Inactive) would authorize a United States citizen who is 17 years of age, is a resident of this State, and will be at least 18 years of age at the time of the next general election to vote in that general election and in any intervening primary or special election that occurs after the person registers to vote. This would increase voter turnout and facilitate voter registration. (insert existing Assembly Report video)
Making Sure Every Vote Counts
AB 477 (Chaptered) will reduce the number of legitimate vote-by-mail ballots that are rejected, making more eligible ballots count. California has the highest vote-by-mail ballot rejection rate in the nation, which should be a wakeup call for the elections community. This bill grants elections officials additional time (up to eight days after the election) to collect signatures for unsigned ballot envelopes.
AB 1135 (Chaptered) AB 1135 increases the likelihood that legitimate vote-by-mail (VBM) ballots are counted by allowing county registrars to compare a voter's ballot envelope signature to other official documents in the voter's record, so long as those signatures directly or indirectly compare to the voter's original affidavit of registration.
- All-mail ballot a model for state
- Turnout soars in all-mail election: Final tally of ballots reflects initial election night results
- More than 23k ballots come in to Elections Office
- All mail election underway: San Mateo County looking for greater turnout, reduced cost
- OP-ED: Voter engagement
- Officials prep for mail ballot: Elections office in high gear, pilot program means changes to how voters participate