AB 1873 (Gonzalez) – Support
AB 1873, by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez, would authorize San Diego County to conduct a special vacancy election entirely by mail as a pilot project. This common-sense approach provides an opportunity to improve voter participation and save money.
Special elections are costly, especially when they cannot be consolidated with other elections. In Los Angeles County alone, special elections have cost more than $27 million since 2008. County election officials conduct these elections in the same way as other statewide elections, with the parallel process of polling places and poll workers run alongside the increasingly popular mail ballots. Costs associated with special elections are usually unanticipated and unbudgeted, creating a fiscal pressure on election departments and the county generally.
The Assembly passed AB 1873 47-29 last Thursday. The Senate approved the bill 28-8 earlier that day. The bill now goes to the Governor for his consideration.
SB 29 (Correa) – No Position
SB 29, by Assembly Member Lou Correa, would require election officials to count ballots that they receive within three days after the election if they are postmarked on or before Election Day. If the postmark is missing or illegible, counties would have to count the ballots if the signature is dated on or before Election Day. The bill would also give election officials a little more flexibility in canvasing the vote and processing vote-by-mail ballots.
The Senate passed SB 29 on a 21-11 vote last Tuesday after the Assembly passed it 54-25 the previous day.