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HB 224 - Amends Voting Procedures - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Amends Voting Procedures

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) (99-40) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends Voting Procedures

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that amends voting procedures.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes an individual to submit a voter registration or change his or her address on an existing voter registration during the early voting period at an early voting center (Sec. 2).
  • Authorizes the State Board to operate an online voter registration system that allows an individual to become a registered voter or change his or her name, address, or party affiliation (Sec. 1).
  • Requires an individual who completes a voter registration or changes his or her voter registration to affirmatively attest that the information submitted is true and is subject to the penalties of perjury (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes a registered voter to request an absentee ballot which can be submitted through the mail, a facsimile transmission, or the completion of the “online ballot marking tool” (Sec. 3).
  • Defines “online ballot marking tool” as a system that allows a voter to access a blank ballot through the internet, electronically mark the ballot, print a paper copy, and mail to the a local board (Sec. 3).
  • Amends the number of early voting centers a county is required to operate as follows (Sec. 3):
    • Existing Law:
      • 1 early voting center for a county with less than 150,000 registered voters; 
      • 3 early voting centers for a county with more than 150,000 registered voters but less than 300,000 registered voters; 
      • 5 early voting centers for a county with more than 300,000 registered voters.
    • New Law:
      • 1 early voting center for a county with less than 125,000 registered voters; 
      • 3 early voting centers for a county with more than 125,000 voters but less than 300,000 registered voters;
      • 5 early voting centers for a county with more than 300,000 voters but less than 450,000 register voters; and
      • 8 early voting centers for a county with more 450,000 registered voters.
  • Authorizes a county to establish 1 additional early voting center with the approval of the state board, local board, and the governing body of the county (Sec. 3).
  • Requires an early voting center to be open the second Tuesday prior to the election through the Thursday before the primary or general election (Sec. 3).
  • Requires an early voting center to hold the following hours (Sec. 3):
    • 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM each early voting day for presidential elections; and
    • 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM each early voting day for all other elections. 
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (36-11) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends Voting Procedures

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends voting procedures.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes an individual to submit a voter registration or change his or her address on an existing voter registration during the early voting period at an early voting center (Sec. 2).
  • Authorizes the State Board to operate an online voter registration system that allows an individual to become a registered voter or change his or her name, address, or party affiliation (Sec. 1).
  • Requires an individual who completes a voter registration or changes his or her voter registration to affirmatively attest that the information submitted is true and is subject to the penalties of perjury (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes a registered voter to request an absentee ballot which can be submitted through the mail, a facsimile transmission, or the completion of the “online ballot marking tool” (Sec. 3).
  • Defines “online ballot marking tool” as a system that allows a voter to access a blank ballot through the internet, electronically mark the ballot, print a paper copy, and mail to the a local board (Sec. 3).
  • Amends the number of early voting centers a county is required to operate as follows (Sec. 3):
    • Existing Law:
      • 1 early voting center for a county with less than 150,000 registered voters; 
      • 3 early voting centers for a county with more than 150,000 registered voters but less than 300,000 registered voters; 
      • 5 early voting centers for a county with more than 300,000 registered voters.
    • New Law:
      • 1 early voting center for a county with less than 125,000 registered voters; 
      • 3 early voting centers for a county with more than 125,000 voters but less than 300,000 registered voters;
      • 5 early voting centers for a county with more than 300,000 voters but less than 450,000 register voters; and
      • 8 early voting centers for a county with more 450,000 registered voters.
  • Authorizes a county to establish 1 additional early voting center with the approval of the state board, local board, and the governing body of the county (Sec. 3).
  • Requires an early voting center to be open the second Tuesday prior to the election through the Thursday before the primary or general election (Sec. 3).
  • Requires an early voting center to hold the following hours (Sec. 3):
    • 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM each early voting day for presidential elections; and
    • 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM each early voting day for all other elections. 
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (92-43) -
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Amends Voting Procedures

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