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Changes Coming To Voter Bill Of Rights

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Dora Rose with the League of Women Voters has been one of the people asking for opinions on changes to the California Voter Bill of Rights.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The Voter Bill of Rights includes information like who can vote and where and how to vote if your name is not on the list at your polling center. 

But, the Center For Civic Design and the League of Women Voters say their research shows the document contains some awkward phrasing and confusing language.
 
For the past year, they have presented proposed language changes to people across the state. They concluded those presentations this weekend in Sacramento. Dora Rose is with the League of Women Voters.
 
"We've seen some very interesting things during user testing. For example, we found that people didn't realize they could make a mistake on their ballot and get a new one. So, we feel this enterprise is really saving votes."
 
Whitney Quesenbery is a director with the Center For Civic Design. She says one man she encountered was pleased with the proposed changes.
 
"He read it slowly and carefully and he said, 'I think this says I can vote again.' He had been in jail and while he was in jail, we've changed the law so he can now vote now that he's off parole and he didn't know that."
 
The groups expect the Secretary of State's office will approve the new language for all state voter pamphlets by early February.
 
The changes to the language are the result of Senate Bill 505 by  Senator Tony Mendoza, which was signed into law by Governor Brown this year.
 
According to the two non-profits, about 30 counties have so far shown an interest in adopting the language for their sample ballots as well.