Menlo Park resident Dan Hilberman is the 2013 winner of state Senator Jerry Hill's "Oughta Be a Law -- Or Not" contest.
Mr. Hilberman won for proposing a law that allows those who vote by mail to verify that their ballot was counted.
Sen. Hill presented Mr. Hilberman a state Senate certificate of recognition at Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park on Friday, Oct. 11.
The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2014, requires county election offices to establish a system allowing vote-by-mail voters to know whether their ballot was counted, or why it wasn't.
Counties may choose whether to notify voters by phone, online or in person. Sen. Hill noted that the 2012 general election in California was the first time a majority of California voters cast mail-in ballots.