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Brown signs package of bills to encourage voting
Brown signs package of bills to encourage voting

Months after statewide voter turnout hit a historic low of 25% in this year's primary election, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed eight bills aimed at getting more Californians to participate in the political process. He also signed dozens of other bills Friday — a hodgepodge that included new rights for gay and transgender Californians, a requirement that state prisons expand the availability of condoms to inmates and measures that promote the "farm to fork" movement to increase consumer access to fresh food. The voting-related measures will allow absentee ballots mailed on election day to be counted as long as they arrive within three days, and will permit...

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