California lawmakers consider relaxing rules on ballot signatures

California’s Democratic-controlled Legislature is considering whether to make it more difficult for local election officials to reject ballots because a voter’s signature doesn’t exactly match what’s on file.

Voters who cast ballots by mail must now sign their ballot. Election officials then compare that signature to the one in the voter’s registration file. Election officials can disqualify ballots if the signatures don’t match.

But comparing signatures can be tricky because people don’t always sign their name the same way. It’s a bigger issue after the November election, when more than 86% of votes in California were vote-by-mail ballots.

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