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SB 296 - Requires Bond for Extended Polling Hours - Key Vote

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Legislation - Vetoed (Executive) -

Title: Requires Bond for Extended Polling Hours

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (23-10) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Bond for Extended Polling Hours

Vote Result
Yea Votes
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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that requires individuals requesting extended polling hours on Election Day to post a bond.

Highlights:
  • Requires an individual seeking an order to extend polling place hours past closing time to file a petition in the county court (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes the court to issue an order to extend polling hours in the following conditions (Sec. 1):
    • The petitioner gives notice of the petition to the secretary of state and attorney general;
    • The petitioner proves that no prospect of a “fair election” exists without the order;
    • The court gives the secretary of state and attorney general an opportunity to be heard in the case; and
    • The court’s decision is based solely on testimonial and physical evidence.
  • Requires the petitioner to post a bond to the clerk of the court before the court order to extend polling hours becomes effective (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the court to consider the cost of keeping the relevant polling places open for the requested period of time when determining the bond amount (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits the court from waiving the bond requirement, unless the court determines that the petitioner is indigent (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (64-32) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Bond for Extended Polling Hours

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires individuals requesting extended polling hours on Election Day to post a bond.

Highlights:
  • Requires an individual seeking an order to extend polling place hours past closing time to file a petition in the county court (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes the court to issue an order to extend polling hours in the following conditions (Sec. 1):
    • The petitioner gives notice of the petition to the secretary of state and attorney general;
    • The petitioner proves that no prospect of a “fair election” exists without the order;
    • The court gives the secretary of state and attorney general an opportunity to be heard in the case; and
    • The court’s decision is based solely on testimonial and physical evidence.
  • Requires the petitioner to post a bond to the clerk of the court before the court order to extend polling hours becomes effective (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the court to consider the cost of keeping the relevant polling places open for the requested period of time when determining the bond amount (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits the court from waiving the bond requirement, unless the court determines that the petitioner is indigent (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) -
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Requires Bond for Extended Polling Hours

Sponsors

  • William J. 'Bill' Seitz (OH - R) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

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