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HB20-1313

Administration Of Late Ballots

Concerning the administration of ballots mailed to electors towards the end of the voting period.
Session:
2020 Regular Session
Subject:
Elections & Redistricting
Bill Summary

The bill specifies the following requirements in connection with the administration of ballots mailed to electors towards the end of the voting period requires the county clerk and recorder (clerk) to mail a ballot towards the end of the voting period to any eligible applicant who is registered to vote and has been mailed a ballot in an election in accordance with the following requirements :

  • Commencing the 15th day before an election through the 8th day before an election, section 1 of the bill requires the county clerk and recorder (clerk) clerk to process all voter registration applications and updates to a voter registration record that requires a new ballot to be sent to an elector within 48 hours 2 business days of the receipt of the application or update by the county clerk .
  • Section 3 permits an eligible elector to obtain a replacement ballot if the ballot that was originally mailed to the elector was destroyed, spoiled, lost, or for some other reason not received by the elector. The bill specifies the process by which the elector requests a replacement ballot.
  • The clerk is required to mail a replacement ballot to each eligible elector who, after the date on which mail ballots are sent, updated their voter registration address or registered to vote. The bill prohibits a clerk from mailing a replacement ballot to the elector making the request if the clerk has already received a ballot for the election from the elector making the request .
  • The bill requires the clerk to deliver any original or replacement ballot that must be sent by mail to the United States postal service within one business day 2 business days after processing a registration application or update to a voter registration record that requires a new ballot to be sent to an elector.
  • Commencing a certain period before the election, the bill requires the clerk to mail all mail ballots to electors by first class mail.
  • Section 4 imposes a duty on any person responsible for preparing, issuing, transporting, or mailing ballots who has personal knowledge that mail ballots under that person's care have been either lost or stolen or will, for any reason, not be timely delivered to electors, to report the issue to the county clerk and recorder. and to the secretary of state. A violation results in a civil penalty.

These provisions of the bill do not apply to election judges, staff of the clerk, or individual United States postal workers .

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status

Introduced
Passed

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