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Senate Bill 0268


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Senate Bill 0268

ARCHIVE (2001)

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DIGEST OF SB 268 (Updated April 29, 2001 8:21 PM - DI 75)

Voting systems. Requires the Indiana department of administration to award quantity purchase agreements to voting system vendors for use by counties to purchase, lease-purchase, or lease new voting systems or an upgrade or expansion of an existing voting system. Establishes the voting system improvement fund to reimburse counties for the purchase, lease-purchase, or lease of new, upgraded, or expanded voting systems. Provides that the fund consists of appropriations made by the general assembly, all federal money received by the state for voting systems improvement, and the proceeds of bonds issued by the Indiana bond bank for improvement of voting systems as authorized by law. Provides that a county may be reimbursed for 50% of the amount of expenditures made for a new, or an upgraded or expanded voting system. Provides that if a county lease-purchases or leases a new or an upgraded or expanded voting system, each year the county may be reimbursed 50% of its annual lease-purchase or lease costs. Provides that money received by the state from the federal government may also be used to reimburse counties for 50% of the cost of the purchase of new voting systems or the upgrade or expansion of existing voting systems after January 1, 1998 and before July 1, 2001 under certain circumstances. Establishes the voting system education fund to reimburse counties for development and implementation of programs for educating voters about voting procedures. Provides that a county may be paid up to 50% of the amount of reasonable development and implementation costs of the program. Provides that payments from the voting system improvement fund may not be made after January 1, 2006. Provides that after June 30, 2001, the Indiana election commission may not approve a punch card voting system for use in Indiana. Requires the Indiana election commission to prohibit the use of punch card voting systems in Indiana if the commission determines that the amount of money in the voting system improvement fund plus the amount of appropriations made to the fund is not less than $5,000,000 on July 1, 2003.
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