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House Bill 1510


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House Bill 1510

ARCHIVE (2001)

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DIGEST OF HB 1510 (Updated April 29, 2001 5:13 PM - DI 75)

Various election law matters. Makes the following changes in election law: (1) Requires the election division of the secretary of state's office to maintain the statewide voter registration file so that the file is accessible by the election division and county voter registration offices through a secure connection over the Internet not later than July 1, 2004. Requires county voter registration offices to transmit required voter registration information to the election division over the Internet, in a manner and method prescribed by the election division, through a secure connection to the statewide voter registration file, not later than July 1, 2004. Provides that the election commission may delay implementation of all or any part of the operation of the file by adopting a resolution that states the reasons for the delay and sets a new deadline for implementation. Requires the election division to format the file so that only the county voter registration office of a particular county is able to change data in the file for that particular county's voters. Provides that the election commission is not required to provide direct public access to the statewide voter registration file over the Internet. (2) Requires the Indiana election division to make voter registration forms available on the Internet website maintained by the division so that the forms can be downloaded. (3) Requires the state department of health and the department of correction to make certain information concerning deceased voters and incarcerated individuals available to the election division electronically. (4) Requires an individual registering to vote to provide a "voter's identification number" that is the same number as either the individual's Indiana driver's license number or the individual's Indiana identification card number. Requires precinct election officials to request of each voter at the polls the voter's identification number. Provides that a voter is not required to provide an identification number at the polls. (5) Provides that a person is not disqualified from serving as a precinct election official because the person is related to a candidate in that precinct, if the candidate is unopposed. (6) Specifies when a candidate's committee statement of organization is to be filed. (7) Specifies that write-in candidates are required to file all campaign finance reports. (8) Revises language regarding ballot card colors. (9) Resolves a conflict in statutes regarding public access to election materials. (10) Provides a standard for determining the political party affiliation of a candidate who files a declaration of candidacy for a primary election or of an appointee to a board of a political subdivision. Provides that political affiliation is determined by either: (A) the political party in whose primary election the candidate or appointee most recently voted; or (B) the political party of the county chairman who certifies that the candidate or appointee is a member of that political party. Provides that in the case of a candidate who has never voted in a primary election, party affiliation is determined by any party claimed by the candidate. (11) Provides that a county election board may adopt a resolution to authorize the circuit court clerk to establish satellite offices in the county where voters may cast absentee ballots before an absentee voter board. Requires the county election board to adopt such a resolution by unanimous consent of the entire membership of the board. (12) Provides that the legislative members of the Lake County redistricting commission are voting members of the commission. (13) Repeals obsolete sections of the voter registration statutes. (14) Makes technical changes.
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