Citations Affected: IC 3-6.
Synopsis: Petition carriers. Requires an individual who circulates a
petition that is required to place a candidate or a public question on the
ballot to provide on each signature page of the petition: (1) the
individual's identification information; and (2) a signed affirmation,
under penalties of perjury, that the individual has no reason to believe
that any signer on the page is ineligible to sign the petition or did not
properly complete and sign the page. Provides that a signature page
that does not comply with these requirements must be received for
filing and retained as other election materials are retained. Provides
that a county voter registration office (office) does not determine the
validity of the signatures on a signature page. Requires the office to
notify the petition carrier, if the office determines that a signature page
submitted by the petition carrier does not comply with this chapter, and
to allow additions and corrections to the signature page until the final
date and hour for filing the petition. Permits a challenge to the
placement on the ballot of a candidate or public question that files
signature pages that do not meet these requirements.
Effective: July 1, 2013.
January 7, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Elections.
January 17, 2013, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
January 22, 2013, read second time, amended, ordered engrossed.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
applicable provision of the petition statute, the provision of the
petition statute governs.
Sec. 6. A petition carrier must satisfy all other qualifications or requirements required by the petition statute in addition to the qualifications and requirements of this chapter.
Sec. 7. (a) The petition carrier must sign and date the following statement at the bottom of each signature page: "I affirm under the penalties for perjury that I have no reason to believe that any individual whose signature appears on this page is ineligible to sign this petition or did not properly complete and sign this page.".
(b) The petition carrier must also print the following information below the affirmation stated in subsection (a):
(1) The petition carrier's name.
(2) The petition carrier's full address, including the ZIP code.
(3) The petition carrier's date of birth.
Sec. 8. A signature page:
(1) that does not satisfy section 7 of this chapter; or
(2) that is signed by a petition carrier who does not comply with this chapter or the petition statute;
must be received for filing, if the signature page otherwise complies with IC 3-5-4, and must be retained as required under IC 3-10-1-31.1. However, subject to section 9 of this chapter, a county voter registration office shall not make a determination regarding the validity of the signatures on the signature page.
Sec. 9. (a) If a county voter registration office determines that a signature page does not comply with this chapter, the county voter registration office shall give the best possible notice of its determination to the petition carrier who submitted the signature page to allow for the correction of the signature page as provided by subsection (b).
(b) If the final date and hour for filing a petition with the county voter registration office has not passed, a petition carrier may add or correct information set forth on a signature page:
(1) circulated by the petition carrier; and
(2) previously filed with the county voter registration office.
A petition carrier may not make any additions or corrections to a signature page after the final date and hour for filing a petition has passed.
or the election division as provided by law.