- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers have approved a pair of bills aimed at expanding the eligibility of poll workers and saving election costs when there’s only one candidate on the ballot.

The state Senate on Thursday passed a measure by Democratic Assemblyman Kevin Mullin of South San Francisco. It would allow high school students who are legal permanent residents to serve as poll workers in California elections. The state already allows adult legal residents to work precincts.

AB554 heads to the governor on a 28-11 vote.

Senators also advanced a bill by Republican Sen. Sharon Runner of Lancaster to allow the governor to cancel a special primary election and declare a candidate elected if there is only one qualified person on the ballot.

SB49 heads to the Assembly after a unanimous vote.

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