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HB24-1145

Modify Voter Registration Page on Secretary of State Website

Concerning modifications to the voter registration page of the secretary of state's official website.
Session:
2024 Regular Session
Subject:
Elections & Redistricting
Bill Summary

By July 1, 2024, the secretary of state is required to include, on the voter registration page on the secretary of state's official website (website), places for a registered elector to:

  • Confirm the registered elector's mailing address;
  • Select whether to receive a mail ballot or to vote in person; and
  • Select which major political party's ballot to receive for a primary election.

The secretary of state is required to ensure that the default selection for every registered elector for each election is to vote in person. The secretary of state is required to add a notice to the website to explain the costs incurred in sending mail ballots to registered electors, and the amount of taxpayer money that is wasted by sending mail ballots that will not be used.

On or after July 1, 2024, every registered elector is required to access the registered elector's voter registration through the website at least one time during each election cycle to verify the registered elector's address and make the selections regarding the registered elector's voting and ballot preference (selections). Each registered elector is required to make the selections only once for an election cycle but may alter the selections as many times as the registered elector wishes prior to specified elections. The secretary of state is required to allow electors who first register to vote on or after July 1, 2024, to make selections when registering to vote. If a registered elector does not make the selections for an election cycle, the registered elector is presumed to have opted to vote in person and the registered elector will not receive a mail ballot.

The secretary of state and the designated election official in each county (election official) are required to provide written notice, in specified places, of the requirements that a registered elector confirm the registered elector's address and make the selections.

For the 2024-2025 state fiscal year and for each state fiscal year thereafter, the staff of the joint budget committee of the general assembly is required to determine whether there is a reduction as a result of the bill, compared to the previous fiscal year, in the amount appropriated to the department of state to reimburse counties for the costs of conducting elections. The general assembly is required to appropriate an amount equal to 50% of any such reduction for programs that combat food vulnerability among children in the state.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status

Introduced
Lost

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Sponsors

Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. K. DeGraaf

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Co-sponsor

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details