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Senate Bill (S)

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Election cyber security. Defines "VSTOP" (the "voting system technical oversight program") in the election code. Requires the election division to, if a voter registration record does not contain a date of birth, to request the information from the bureau of motor vehicles. Requires the secretary of state to establish proficiency standards for individuals who are authorized to access the statewide voter registration file. Requires such individuals to meet the proficiency standards in order to access the file. Requires the county election board (rather than the inspectors) or teams that meet specified requirements to deliver voting systems and electronic poll books Election cyber security. Defines "VSTOP" (the "voting system technical oversight program") in the election code. Requires the election division to, if a voter registration record does not contain a date of birth, to request the information from the bureau of motor vehicles. Requires the secretary of state to establish proficiency standards for individuals who are authorized to access the statewide voter registration file. Requires such individuals to meet the proficiency standards in order to access the file. Requires the county election board (rather than the inspectors) or teams that meet specified requirements to deliver voting systems and electronic poll books to precincts and vote centers. Requires precincts to be located in "secure" facilities under standards recommended by the federal Department of Homeland Security. Provides that a county election board is responsible for ensuring that all electronic poll books are dedicated devices to be used only for their intended purpose and for no other activity. Provides that software that is not needed for the essential purpose of running the electronic poll book may not be installed on an electronic poll book. Revises the procedure for selection of machines of voting systems for testing before an election and sets time frames. Sets forth time frames and requirements for conducting risk limiting audits. Provides that after December 31, 2023, a county may not use an electronic voting system that does not have a voter verifiable paper audit trail. Provides that each application for certification of an electronic poll book must be accompanied by a fee of $1,500. Requires these fees to be deposited in the voting system technical oversight program account. Increases the application fee for certification of voting systems from $1,500 to $5,000. Requires voting system vendors to conduct annual background checks on certain employees. Requires voting system vendors to report certain information relating to malfunctions of the voting systems. Sets forth requirements of correcting a ballot. Adds information required in the VSTOP evaluation report given to the secretary of state for electronic poll books. Adds certain information that must be reported by the vendor of an electronic poll book relating to an anomaly or problem with the electronic poll book. Requires license branches to transmit electronically scanned copies of voter registration. ... View more