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Senate Bill 0292


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Senate Bill 0292

ARCHIVE (2007)

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DIGEST OF SB292 (Updated April 10, 2007 3:59 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, an identification issued by an approved institution of higher learning, or a Medicare card is an acceptable proof of identification to vote. (2) Restates county reimbursement procedures for attending the annual election administrators conference. (3) Makes procedural changes concerning small town elections. (4) 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. (5) Provides that an individual confined to a long term care facility may not be challenged solely on the basis that the address on the individual's application for an absentee ballot differs from the address shown on the individual's voter registration record. (6) Permits the election commission or a county election board to dissolve a committee without being required as part of the dissolution (as under current law) to waive outstanding civil penalties previously imposed on the committee. Specifies that the chairman or treasurer of the committee remains liable for any committee debts, notwithstanding the dissolution of the committee. (7) Specifies the reporting period for large contributions to candidates for statewide office. (8) Revises the instruction to voters who vote a straight party ticket and vote for candidates not on the straight party ticket. (9) Removes a requirement that certain instructions and notices used at the polls must be printed in braille. (10) Provides that if a voter's application for an absentee ballot is denied, the county election board must notify the applicant of the denial and tell the applicant how the application can be corrected and can be approved, if possible. (11) Provides that poll clerks and assistant poll clerks may ask a voter to show proof of identification. (12) Provides that a voter who executes an affidavit at the polls and is indigent or has a religious objection to being photographed is not required to present proof of identification. (13) Provides that when a voter votes as an absentee voter, the voter's signature on the absentee ballot affidavit shall be compared with the signature on the voter's voter registration record. (14) 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. (15) Provides for the counting of an absentee ballot received by the county election board before the close of the polls on election day if the ballot is not otherwise successfully challenged. (16) Requires an absentee voter to return the absentee ballot to the precinct election board or the county election board before the voter votes in person at the precinct. (17) Specifies other absentee ballot procedures. (18) Requires the counting of a ballot (other than an absentee ballot not initialed by the appropriate election officials) that has been marked and cast by a voter in compliance with election law but may otherwise not be counted solely as the result of the act or failure to act of an election officer unless evidence of fraud, tampering, or misconduct affecting the integrity of the ballot is presented. (19) Permits a county election board to inspect the register or other recording device on an electronic voting system without obtaining the authority of the state recount commission. Repeals a statute imposing criminal penalties for the inspection of a voting system without the permission of the recount commission. (20) Establishes procedures for conducting a special election for United States Representative in conformity with a federal law applicable when there are more than 100 vacancies. (21) Provides for special elections when a vacancy exists in the general assembly in an office formerly held by a person elected as an independent candidate or as the candidate of a minor political party. (22) Changes several dates concerning the certification of ballot questions and devices to conform to the date in current law for the certification of candidates. (23) Revises precinct boundary change procedures. (24) Authorizes the approval of certain precinct establishment orders before the 2007 general election. (25) For voting system violations: (A) defines "election" for purposes of the secretary of state's enforcement of violations; and (B) specifies that, in computing the maximum civil penalty, a violation that occurs in more than one county is subject to the maximum civil penalty in each county. (26) Provides that the voting system technical oversight program account is nonreverting and that voting system application fees are to be deposited in the account. Continuously appropriates money in the account. (27) Authorizes the election division to conduct audits to determine compliance with federal and state laws requiring the securing and retention of election records. (28) Provides that voters who reside within the portion of a municipality located in a vote center pilot county may vote using vote center pilot county procedures. (29) Restates the maximum amount of a cash deposit or bond in a local recount proceeding. (30) Amends provisions concerning candidate ballot vacancy procedures. (31) Provides that a person who pays or accepts property to obtain signatures on a petition for ballot access commits a Class D felony if certain conditions exist. (32) Authorizes a county to purchase blanket bonds to cover the elected officers of one or more local government units within the county. (33) Provides for an exemption from withholding Social Security taxes from amounts paid to election officials or workers that are less than $1,300 per year. (34) Provides for the initiation of the change of a school corporation's organization plan if 10% of the active voters in the school corporation sign a petition for the change. (Under current law, 20% of the voters in a school corporation must support a petition for a change in the school corporation's organization plan.) (35) Provides for the election of the members of the governing body of the Mishawaka school corporation. (36) Provides that the statute that regulates automatic dialing machines does not apply to calls initiated by a public opinion polling organization. Provides that the statute that prohibits the use of an automatic dialing-announcing device under certain circumstances does not apply to surveying public opinion. (37) Requires the Spencer County election board to place an advisory local public question on the November 2007 municipal election ballot asking the voters of the town of Grandview whether they would support funding a storm water utility through a fee added to their utility bills. (38) Updates references to federal law. (39) Repeals obsolete references to certificates of election issued by the county auditor, paper ballots, and special polling places.
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