Elections Division

Notices Regarding Prohibition of Electioneering and Corruption of the Voting Process

The Secretary of State is proposing emergency regulations regarding providing public notices for electioneering and corruption of the voting process. These regulations are required by Elections Code sections 18372 and 18504. The notice period for these regulations will be from February 3, 2022, through February 10, 2022. Upon the expiration of the notice period, the Secretary of State will submit the proposed emergency regulations to the Office of Administrative Law.

Access to Voter Registration Information

The Secretary of State is providing notice of changes to the regulations originally published on November 27, 2020. The Secretary of State is proposing amendments to the originally-noticed proposed regulation text to address concerns raised during the initial 45- day public comment period and the subsequent first 15-day public comment period that ended on March 22, 2021, and, the second 15-day public comment period that ended on July 15, 2021. Any interested person, or their authorized representative, may submit written comments pertaining to the changes in the text of the proposed regulations. The Secretary of State will accept written comments on the changes from August 10, 2021, to August 25, 2021. The Secretary of State will consider only comments received at the Secretary of State’s office by that date.

Petition Processing, Signature Verification, Ballot Processing, and Ballot Counting

The Secretary of State has submitted proposed regulations to the Office of Administrative Law to make permanent the emergency regulations it adopted on September 28, 2020, related to Signature Verification, Ballot Processing, and Ballot Counting. The permanent regulations will also include provisions for the processing of elections-related petitions.

Any interested person, or their authorized representative, may submit written comments pertaining to the text of the proposed regulations. The Secretary of State will accept written comments on the proposed regulations from December 10, 2021, to January 24, 2022. The Secretary of State will consider only comments received at the Secretary of State’s office by that date. No hearing date has been scheduled; however, any interested person, or their authorized representative, can submit a written request for a public hearing no later than Wednesday, January 10, 2022.

Conditional Voter Registration (Emergency Regulations)

The Secretary of State is proposing to adopt emergency regulations by amending the existing Conditional Voter Registration regulations. These regulations are being adopted pursuant to Senate Bill 504 (SB 504, Chapter 14 of the Statutes of 2022). The proposed regulations provide a structure for county elections officials to allow qualified military and overseas voters and voters with disabilities to complete a conditional voter registration and cast a provisional ballot or nonprovisional ballot under the new provisions of the California Elections Code section 2170 (Amended by SB 504).

Notice period: April 8, 2022, through April 14, 2022.

This notice period will run from April 8, 2022, through April 14, 2022. At the end of the notice period, the Secretary of State will submit the required documents to the Office of Administrative Law for the adoption of these emergency regulations.