Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Senator Hertzberg’s “Vote-from-Home” bill, SB 163, is put on the “suspense” calendar

By a unanimous 7-0 vote, the California State Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday decided to place California State Senator Robert M. Hertzberg  (D-18th) ‘s bill to require all registrars of voters to send mail-in/absentee ballots to all registered voters in the state on the “suspense” calendar, where it will remain in limbo until it is possibly re-considered on May 28th.

An analysis of the bill, prepared by the staff of the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee, mentions some problems with it, including the likelihood that sending everyone an absentee ballot that some would neither cast by mail nor bring to the polling station would mean that more “provisional” ballots would have to be used, causing additional expense and delay.

Senator Hertzberg’s office declined to comment.

Here is a list of Senate Appropriations Committee members:

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