Enrolled House Bill (H)

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Various election law matters. Provides for the election of alternate presidential electors to fill vacancies in the office of presidential electors. Requires a nominee for presidential elector or alternate presidential elector to file at the time of nomination or certification a pledge to vote for: (1) the presidential elector's or alternate presidential elector's party nominees for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States; or (2) if the presidential elector or alternate presidential elector is not nominated by a political party, the candidates for President and Vice President on whose behalf the presidential elector or alternate Various election law matters. Provides for the election of alternate presidential electors to fill vacancies in the office of presidential electors. Requires a nominee for presidential elector or alternate presidential elector to file at the time of nomination or certification a pledge to vote for: (1) the presidential elector's or alternate presidential elector's party nominees for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States; or (2) if the presidential elector or alternate presidential elector is not nominated by a political party, the candidates for President and Vice President on whose behalf the presidential elector or alternate presidential elector is nominated. Provides for replacing a presidential elector who refuses to vote or cast a ballot as the presidential elector has pledged. Establishes other procedures relating to casting Indiana's electoral votes. Amends statutes to conform language to the terminology used for presidential electors. (These provisions are based on the Uniform Faithful Presidential Electors Act.) Provides that if a candidate for president or vice president resigns or dies before the meeting of Indiana's electors, the pledge of the electors refers to the successor candidate for that office nominated by the political party in accordance with the party's rules. Provides that, beginning in 2019, the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) official shall conduct a residency confirmation and outreach procedure in odd-numbered years instead of even-numbered years (which is the requirement under current law). Provides that if a circuit court clerk (clerk) denies certification of a petition of nomination filed by a candidate in person, the clerk shall notify the candidate in person of the denial of the certification. Provides that an application for an absentee ballot for the primary election before the general election conducted in 2018 and every four years thereafter may not be received by the clerk (or the director of the board of elections and registration) earlier than December 1 of the year before the primary election. Updates municipal election dates in a provision concerning the use of vote centers. Provides that, for a special election conducted in only part of a county and not held on the same day as a primary, general, or municipal election, the county election board (board) must provide in the county vote center plan for: (1) at least one vote center; or (2) if the election district for the special election contains at least 10,000 active voters, at least one vote center for each 10,000 active voters, plus one vote center for any fraction of 10,000 active voters. Provides that a board may permit a 16 or 17 year old who meets certain conditions to serve as an absentee ballot counter or courier at a central location where absentee ballots are counted. Makes a technical correction in a statute relating to poll takers that was amended during the 2016 session of the general assembly and resolves a conflict with SB 442-2017. ... View more