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SB 29 (Correa) Likely to Determine Fate of 1st District Special Election

Posted by Chris Nguyen on January 27, 2015

In September 2014, Governor Brown signed into law SB 29 (Correa), which took effect on January 1, 2015.  It said:

…any vote by mail ballot cast under this division shall be timely cast if it is received by the voter’s elections official via the United States Postal Service or a bona fide private mail delivery company no later than three days after election day and either of the following is satisfied:
(1) The ballot is postmarked on or before election day or is time stamped or date stamped by a bona fide private mail delivery company on or before election day.
(2) If the ballot has no postmark, a postmark with no date, or an illegible postmark, the vote by mail ballot identification envelope is date stamped by the elections official upon receipt of the vote by mail ballot from the United States Postal Service or a bona fide private mail delivery company, and is signed and dated pursuant to Section 3011 on or before election day.

In other words, Lou Correa got legislation signed into law that absentee ballots that arrive by mail by Friday at 8:00 PM after the election must still be counted even if they are not postmarked.  This is the first election that is affected by this law.

It is not known how many of these ballots are out there, but if an unpostmarked absentee ballot arrives by Friday, January 30, at 8:00 PM, the Registrar of Voters is legally obligated to count it.

8 Responses to “SB 29 (Correa) Likely to Determine Fate of 1st District Special Election”

  1. Latuda Greg said

    Well than, Chris Phan better get crackin’ he only needs about 10,000 ballots.

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