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Senate Bill 0037


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Senate Bill 0037

ARCHIVE (2006)

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DIGEST OF SB37 (Updated January 31, 2006 5:32 pm - DI 84)

Miscellaneous election law changes. Provides that the fee a person must pay to receive a complete compilation of voter registration information contained in the statewide voter registration list is an annual fee and includes the price for receiving updates of voter registration information throughout the year. Provides that an election official may not receive an election law filing that is offered to be filed after a deadline for the filing unless election law provides for the filing after the deadline. Specifies certain deadlines concerning write-in candidates in a school board election held at the same time as a primary election. Removes a one day overlap in the campaign finance reporting schedule for statewide candidates. Specifies that a candidate for nomination to a statewide office at a state party convention is required to file quarterly reports and not an additional "late convention" report. Provides that a vacancy in a legislative office last held by an individual who was not a member of a major political party shall be filled in a special election. Permits the co-directors of the election division to set a deadline for a county to submit a proposed precinct establishment order if the county wishes the order to take effect before the next deadline for proposed precinct changes. Makes other changes in the administrative process to approve precinct boundary changes. Requires the county executive to file a copy of an approved precinct establishment order with the county auditor. Removes some of the changes to a ballot instruction for voters casting votes for candidates in local "at large" races. Specifies procedures for making voting systems available at the polls for a voter who initially marks a ballot for a write-in candidate, but wants to vote for a candidate on the ballot instead. Continues a requirement that each county have at least one accessible voting system for use at each polling place. Provides that a precinct establishment order issued after June 30, 2005, complies with certain polling place accessibility requirements if the order: (1) includes a statement that the precinct meets the requirements; or (2) states that before April 1, 2006, the county will designate a polling place for the precinct that meets the requirements. Restores an expired provision authorizing voting equipment reimbursements for certain counties. Conforms statutes to recognize the requirement in current law for electronic transmittal of data between license branches and the statewide voter registration list. Makes provisions concerning use of previously state certified voting equipment, declaration of candidacy filings, and school board election tie votes effective for the May 2006 primary. Establishes October 1, 2005, as the beginning date for the voting system certification term to conform provisions concerning voting system certifications with 2005 legislation. Authorizes the secretary of state to establish a pilot program of vote centers. Conforms certain deadlines for filing recount cross-petitions and other recount deadlines with 2005 legislation. Removes or repeals expired, superseded, or obsolete provisions of election law. Corrects erroneous cross-references. Makes technical changes. Updates election schedules. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the census data advisory committee.)
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     In Committee - 2nd House
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