SACRAMENTO, Calif. -

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that expands privacy protections by allowing local election officials to keep candidates' home addresses secret under certain circumstances.

Brown announced Wednesday that he had signed the bill by Democratic Assemblyman Paul Fong of Cupertino. It allows office-seekers who fear for their safety the ability to withhold their address on the declaration of candidacy form when they run for office.

It would apply to candidates whose voter registration already is confidential. That could include a judge or domestic violence victim running for the state Legislature.

Sacramento County Registrar Jill Levine says election officials will still have to verify candidates' home addresses to ensure they meet legal residency requirements.

The bill was sponsored by the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials and takes effect Jan. 1.