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House Bill 1196


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House Bill 1196

ARCHIVE (2008)

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DIGEST OF HB1196 (Updated February 27, 2008 1:22 pm - DI 84)

Various election law matters. Makes the following changes in election law: (1) Provides that an identification document issued by the Department of Defense, a branch of the uniformed services, the Merchant Marine, or the Indiana National Guard that has an indefinite expiration date, or an identification issued by an approved institution of higher learning is an acceptable proof of identification to vote. (2) Provides that certain individuals under the supervision of the criminal justice system may not be employed by a county board of voter registration. (3) Provides that a person who is subject to lawful detention but has not been convicted of a crime is eligible to register and vote until the person has been convicted of a crime and imprisoned following conviction. (4) Provides that poll clerks and assistant poll clerks may ask a voter to show proof of identification. (5) Permits all absentee ballot envelopes and related voter applications that will be sent to the same precinct to be enclosed in the same carrier envelope. (6) Makes the beginning date of absentee voting in the clerk's office or a satellite office one day later than under current law. (7) Provides that an individual elected treasurer of state takes office January 1 following the individual's election. Provides that the individual elected treasurer of state at the 2006 election vests as a member of PERF if the individual is reelected as treasurer of state at the 2010 election and serves in office until January 1, 2015. Establishes 65 years of age with at least eight years of creditable service as the normal retirement age for a state officer listed in Article 6, Section 1 of the Constitution of the State of Indiana. (8) Authorizes the secretary of state (secretary) to conduct public or private investigations: (A) to determine whether a violation of Indiana election law has occurred, is occurring, or is about to occur; and (B) to aid in the enforcement of Indiana election law. Gives the secretary certain investigative powers, including the power to issue subpoenas and conduct depositions. Requires the attorney general to provide legal assistance to the secretary. Requires the secretary, upon request, to provide all necessary and reasonable assistance to the agency or the prosecuting attorney to which investigation results are referred. Requires the agency or prosecuting attorney receiving a referral from the secretary to report to the secretary not later than the earlier of: (A) 180 days after the referral; or (B) the sixtieth day before the statute of limitations expires on a violation that was referred; the decision as to whether to take further action on the referral. (9) Changes the classification of certain crimes relating to elections from a Class D felony to a Class C felony. (10) Requires a county election board (board) to mail to the secretary not later than 60 days after election day a copy of each affidavit executed at a polling place concerning the eligibility of voters or precinct election officers. (11) Requires that school board members selected by election must be elected at general elections. Repeals obsolete statutes. (12) Establishes the use of vote centers as an option for all counties. Requires the board to approve an order designating the county a vote center county, adopt a plan to administer the vote centers, and file the order and the plan with the election division. 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. (13) Requires the board to establish at least one alternate polling place at a central location in the jurisdiction in which an election will be held for use in the event that voters are unable to vote in their assigned polling place because the polls do not open within one hour after the time required. (14) Redesignates automatically as a vote center county a county designated before July 1, 2008, as a vote center pilot county. (15) Allows the secretary to designate not later than March 15, 2008, one additional county as a vote center pilot county. (16) Repeals the expiration date of the vote center program and provisions that: (A) require the secretary's approval of the vote center designation; and (B) allow the secretary to revoke the vote center designation.
Current Status:
 In Conference Committee
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