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Senate Bill 0209


Senate Bill 0209

ARCHIVE (2009)

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DIGEST OF SB 209 (Updated April 29, 2009 9:49 pm - DI 103)


Various election law matters. Requires that election material related to provisional ballots (excluding the provisional ballots themselves) be made available for copying and inspection under the access to public records law in the same manner as other election material, except in the case of a recount or contest, when material related to provisional ballots remains confidential for six months after the completion of the recount or contest. Provides that information in material related to provisional ballots that identifies an individual, except for the individual's name, address, and birth date, remains confidential. Requires a precinct election officer, in the case of a voter who casts a provisional ballot, or an absentee voter board, in the case of a voter who casts an absentee ballot that is treated as a provisional ballot, to provide both orally and in writing an explanation of the steps the voter must take in order to have the voter's ballot counted. Requires the election commission to prescribe the form of the explanation. Requires the circuit court clerk of a county that conducts an election in which a voter casts a provisional ballot or an absentee ballot that is treated as a provisional ballot to notify the voter not later than three days after election day concerning: (1) the reasons that the voter's ballot is being treated as a provisional ballot; (2) what actions, if any, that the voter must take in order to have the voter's ballot counted; (3) the deadline by which the voter must act to have the voter's ballot counted; and (4) certain contact information that the provisional voter may use to find out about the provisional voter's ballot. Requires that the notice be sent by first class United States mail or given by another method that the circuit court clerk determines will provide actual notice to the voter. Requires the notice to be in a form prescribed by the election commission. Requires the county election board to provide a list of the name and addresses of all voters who cast a provisional ballot at an election to a candidate whose name was on the ballot or the county chairman of a political party in the county not later than 72 hours after the request. Provides that a person required to give notice to a voter relating to the voter's provisional ballot who knowingly or intentionally fails to do so commits a Class C infraction. Requires the circuit court clerk and the secretary of state to compile and make public certain information about provisional voting. Provides that a voter who is a resident of a vote center county is entitled to cast an absentee ballot by mail. Removes the requirement that a county election board may establish satellite offices only by the unanimous vote of the board's members. Designates Johnson County as a vote center pilot county if it meets all the other requirements to be a vote center county. Requires a vote center pilot county to establish at least one satellite office for absentee voting. Repeals P.L.108-2008, SECTION 4, which authorizes the secretary of state to designate an additional vote center county.
    Current Status:
     Vetoed
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