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Senate Bill 0235


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Senate Bill 0235

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DIGEST OF SB235 (Updated February 26, 2008 10:26 am - DI 84)

Vote centers; absentee voting. Establishes the use of vote centers as an option for all counties. Requires the county election board (board) to adopt an order designating a county a vote center county, adopt a plan to administer the vote centers, and file the order and the plan with the election division. Requires the board to accept and consider public comment before adopting an order designating the county as a vote center county. Provides that designation of a county as a vote center county remains in effect until the board rescinds the order designating the county as a vote center county and files a copy of the rescission with the election division. Redesignates automatically as a vote center county a county designated before July 1, 2008, as a vote center pilot county. Allows the secretary of state (secretary) to designate not later than March 15, 2008, one additional county as a vote center pilot county. Provides that electronic poll lists may not have information about voters other than the information that is contained on the certified list of voters. 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.) Repeals the expiration date of the vote center program and provisions that: (1) require the secretary's approval of the vote center designation; and (2) allow the secretary to revoke the vote center designation.
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     In Conference Committee
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