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Senate Bill 0293

ARCHIVE (2007)

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DIGEST OF SB293 (Updated April 10, 2007 4:04 pm - DI 84)

Voter registration. Makes the following changes: (1) Defines "active" and "inactive" voters for purposes of voter list maintenance programs. (2) Restates the registration deadline applicable to certain military and overseas voters. (3) Specifies the contents of statewide voter registration system reports. (4) Provides that if a voter list maintenance mailing is returned by the U.S. Postal Service or is responded to by a voter during the final 90 days before an election, the response or return shall be processed when registration reopens following the election. (5) Requires that county voter registration records be updated to reflect voter history and other information set forth on precinct polling place lists not later than 60 days after election day or after completion of a recount or contest. (6) Establishes procedures for processing paper copies of voter registration applications requesting the cancellation of a voter's registration record in another Indiana county. (7) Specifies the periods during which certain first time voters who register by mail within an Indiana county are to provide additional documentation as required by federal law. (After the establishment of the statewide voter registration system in 2006, this requirement applies only to certain first time voters who register by mail within Indiana.) (8) Requires the precinct inspector to request that a voter who is casting a regular ballot at the polls using certain fail-safe procedures complete a new voter registration application. (9) Provides that an individual who does not have an Indiana driver's license and will be at least 18 years of age by election day may not be charged a fee by the department of health for a birth record search or for the issuance of a birth certification if the record is found, or charged a birth problems registry fee. (10) Permits a voter who is qualified to vote in person to vote by absentee ballot. Removes all other qualifications for a voter to vote by absentee ballot except for a voter with disabilities who is unable to make a voting mark on the ballot or sign the absentee ballot secrecy envelope. (Such a disabled voter is currently required to vote before an absentee voter board.) (11) Requires that a voting system purchased, leased, or lease purchased after April 30, 2007, must permit a voter to examine the paper record of the voter's votes to verify the voter's votes. (12) Requires an audit of certain elections held during a general election to hand count certain statistical samples of votes cast during the election. (13) Makes the beginning date of absentee voting in the clerk's office or a satellite office one day later than under current law. (14) Requires the census data advisory committee to study the possibility of changing the current voting systems to conducting all elections by mail-in ballots and to assess the results of permitting voters to cast absentee ballots without requiring voters to state a reason for casting absentee ballots. (15) Repeals obsolete statute concerning military and overseas voters. (16) Makes technical changes.
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