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Senate Bill 0518

Senate Bill 0518

ARCHIVE (2013)

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DIGEST OF SB 518 (Updated April 15, 2013 2:39 pm - DI 84)

Various election law matters. Repeals obsolete references to "pasters" (formerly used as stickers to correct ballots), and changes the language of certain ballot instructions. Expands the definition of "voting mark" to refer to marks used in all types of voting systems. Specifies procedures for the approval of certain election forms and the voter's bill of rights and the nomination of poll workers. Permits the state chair of a major political party to appoint watchers, with the same rights and duties as the watchers appointed under current law by county party chairs. Specifies procedures for candidate filings, the processing of candidate petitions, certification of school board candidates, and processing requests for transfers or cancellation of registration by voters. Specifies that certain Libertarian Party or independent candidates for local office are required to file the same statement of economic interest required for major party candidates for the office. Establishes a deadline for filing a candidate challenge to a write-in candidate for school board office and for a county election board to make a determination regarding that challenge. Specifies the procedures to be followed when a candidate in a primary election dies after the printing of ballots by a county election board, and that if the deceased candidate receives the most votes in a primary election, a candidate vacancy results which may be filled by the political party. Makes changes concerning standards for the selection of polling places, and the procedures for providing proof of identification and the processing of absentee ballot applications. Provides that when a conflict exists between a map of a precinct and the boundaries of a precinct described by the county in a precinct establishment order, the precinct boundary is the description set forth in the order, rather than the map, to the extent of any conflict. Provides that in office absentee voting, voting begins 28 days (rather than 29 days) before the election and that a county resolution to establish satellite offices expires on the January 1 following its adoption. Makes changes concerning recounts and contests. Changes the public question certification process for a local government reorganization public question. Specifies the schedule for conducting special elections when a vacancy occurs in the office of U.S. Senator or circuit court judge and the procedures for filling other office vacancies and placing certain public questions on the ballot. Establishes penalties for certain election law violations, and amends the definition of "electioneering" within the polling place and chute. Requires that during the 2013 legislative interim, the census data advisory committee study: (1) methods for enabling an emergency first responder responding to an emergency declaration to receive an absentee ballot or absentee ballot application by electronic mail or fax; and (2) the impact of sending written communications to a voter containing false vote history information regarding that voter. Removes certain obsolete references. Resolves some conflicts with other bills.
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