The bill makes various technical and nonsubstantive changes to elections laws. Current law is amended to alter or clarify elections-related deadlines (including sections 13, 15, 16, 17, 32, and 40 ), update procedures in light of modern elections practices or technology (including sections 5, 28, and 29 ), correct, streamline, or harmonize laws (including sections 14, 19, 30, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 41, and 42 ), repeal redundant provisions ( section 8 ), and recognize the existence of more than 2 major political parties (including sections 7, 9, 12, 21, 24, 25, and 31 ).
- Section 1 adds tribal identification to the list of acceptable elector identification.
- When an elector has provided both an address of record and a deliverable mailing address, section 2 requires a county clerk and recorder to use the latter for elections-related communication.
- Section 3 makes gender an optional response for a person registering to vote.
- In addition to making an in-person request to submit a change of address, section 4 allows an elector to mail such request and aligns the time within which such request must be executed with the deadlines for submitting a mail-in ballot request.
- Current law is silent as to the ability of a county clerk and recorder to cancel a voter registration application after an applicant has been apprised that his or her application is incomplete. Section 6 allows county clerk and recorders to cancel such deficient applications after 2 years.
- Section 10 raises from $500 to $1,000 the fees to file as an unaffiliated candidate for president or vice president of the United States or congress.
- Sections 11, 18, 20, and 22 expand a candidate's permissible use of a nickname on a ballot from primary elections to all elections, if he or she regularly uses the nickname and if it does not contain any words of the name of a major political party.
- Currently, only county clerk and recorders may designate student election judges. Section 23 broadens this provision to allow any designated election official to use student election judges.
- In order to make state law consistent with federal law, sections 26 and 27 allow any person to assist voters who need assistance.
- Under section 33 , an eligible elector may request his or her ballot in-person after the ballot has been printed but prior to it being mailed.
- Section 36 allows an elector to obtain a mail ballot by making an in-person request after it has been printed but before it is mailed.