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CHAPTER 186
FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 8, 2011
APPROVED BY GOVERNOR AUGUST 8, 2011
PASSED THE SENATE JULY 14, 2011
PASSED THE ASSEMBLY APRIL 11, 2011

INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Fong

JANUARY 5, 2011

An act to amend Sections 331 and 3500 of the Elections Code,
relating to elections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 84, Fong. Elections: new citizens.
(1) Existing law authorizes a new citizen, as defined, to register
and vote at the office of the county elections official at any time
beginning on the 14th day before an election and ending on the 7th
day prior to election day.
This bill would additionally authorize a new citizen to register
and vote at another location designated by the county elections
official, and extend that period until the close of polls on election
day. By increasing the duties of local elections officials, this
bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(2) Existing law defines a new citizen as any person who meets all
the requirements of an elector of, and has established residency in,
this state, except that he or she will become a United States
citizen after the 15th day prior to an election, but on or before the
7th day prior to that election.
This bill would revise this definition by providing that a new
citizen means any person who meets all the requirements of an elector
of, and who has established residency in, this state, except that he
or she will become a United States citizen after the 15th day prior
to an election.
(3) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse
local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates
determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state,
reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these
statutory provisions.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1. Section 331 of the Elections Code is amended to read:
331. "New citizen" means any person who meets all requirements of
an elector of, and has established residency in, the state, except
that he or she will become a United States citizen after the 15th day
prior to an election.
SEC. 2. Section 3500 of the Elections Code is amended to read:
3500. A new citizen is eligible to register and vote at the
office of, or at another location designated by, the county elections
official at any time beginning on the 14th day before an election
and ending at the close of polls on the election day following the
date on which that person became a citizen.
SEC. 3. If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this
act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local
agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant
to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of
the Government Code.