Election Day results in Riverside and San Bernardino counties could come a little faster if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill intended to speed up vote-counting and save costs. AB 363, sponsored by Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga, passed the Legislature last week without opposition. The bill is now awaiting the governor’s signature. AB 363 allows officials to start securely transporting ballots from polling places to the central counting location midday, rather than when polls close. Doing so will save on elections cost and allow results to be released more quickly, Steinorth said in a news release.
“Taxpayers deserve and expect our democratic process to run efficiently and fairly,” he said. “AB 363 is a commonsense efficiency measure that will save our local governments money and minimize the likelihood of mistakes being made by tired and fatigued Election Day workers.”