March 11, 2013(Key vote)
Title: Establishes an Electronic Ballot Transmission System for Military and Overseas Voters
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that establishes procedures for certain individuals to vote electronically while abroad, effective July 14, 2014.
Requires the Secretary of State to implement an electronic transmission system through which a “covered voter” may apply for and receive voter registration materials, absentee ballots, and other election information (Sec. 4).
Defines "covered voters" as certain military and overseas voters, including, but not limited to (Sec. 2):
A member of the active or reserve components of the armed forces who is on active duty; or
An overseas voter who was last eligible to vote in Kentucky and otherwise satisfies the voter eligibility requirements.
Requires the Secretary of State to implement an electronic system to allow covered voters to determine if the voter's ballot application and ballot have been received and accepted (Sec. 14).
Authorizes covered voters to request a sample ballot from the Secretary of State or from a local election official to be sent by mail, fax, or email (Sec. 16).
Requires the Secretary of State and local election jurisdictions to maintain a website that makes sample ballots available online (Sec. 16).
Specifies that an email address provided by any voter may not be made available to the public (Sec. 15).
Requires the election official in each jurisdiction to send a ballot and ballot materials at least 45 days prior to the election through mail, email, fax, or another electronic transmission system to all registered covered voters who have applied for a ballot by that date (Sec. 9).
Requires the election official in each jurisdiction to send a ballot and ballot materials to all covered voters no later than 3 days after the voter’s ballot application is received, if the application is received fewer than 45 days prior to the election (Sec. 9).
Requires the Secretary of State to create a declaration for covered voters to swear or affirm their identity, eligibility to vote, status as a covered voter, and timely and proper completion of a military-overseas ballot (Sec. 4).
Requires applications for a military-overseas ballot to be received by the close of business hours 7 days before an election (Sec. 8).
Requires ballots to be received by the appropriate local election official no later than the time established by the election laws for the closing of the polls (Sec. 10).
Specifies that the provisions of this bill apply to all elections for federal, state, and local offices and ballot measures (Secs. 3 & 11).
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.