Senate Bill 0452
DIGEST OF SB452 (Updated February 16, 2009 4:23 pm - DI 84)
Kernan-Shepard election provisions. Moves elections of municipal officers to even-numbered years. Places city offices on the primary and general election ballots before (rather than after) township offices. Provides that an employee of a political subdivision is considered to have resigned from employment with the political subdivision if the employee assumes the elected executive office of the political subdivision or becomes an elected member of the political subdivision's legislative body. Provides that the restriction applies to an employee of a political subdivision who assumes an elected office after June 30, 2009. Provides that the restriction does not apply to an employee of a political subdivision who holds elective office on June 30, 2009, and continues to hold or be reelected to the office. Provides that the restriction does not prohibit an employee of a political subdivision from holding an elected office of a political subdivision other than the political subdivision that employs the government employee. Establishes the use of vote centers as an option for all counties. Requires the county election board (board) to adopt an order designating a county a vote center county, adopt a plan to administer the vote centers, and file the order and the plan with the election division. Requires the board to accept and consider public comment before adopting an order designating the county as a vote center county. Provides that designation of a county as a vote center county remains in effect until the board rescinds the order designating the county as a vote center county and files a copy of the rescission with the election division. Provides that an electronic poll list must be programmed so that access to the list requires the coordinated action of two precinct election officials who are not members of the same political party. Allows an electronic poll list used at a vote center to include an electronic image of the voter's signature, if available. Authorizes a precinct election board administering an election at a vote center to report the vote totals by precinct on election night. Redesignates automatically as a vote center county a county previously designated a vote center pilot county. Provides that school board members selected by election must be elected at general elections beginning in 2010. Requires a city clerk-treasurer in a third class city, who is the fiscal officer of the city, to attend training provided by the state board of accounts concerning a fiscal officer's duties and responsibilities. Repeals the expiration date of the vote center program and provisions that: (1) require the secretary of state's approval of the vote center designation; and (2) allow the secretary of state to revoke the vote center designation. Repeals other obsolete and superseded statutes.
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