Bill Summary for H 1169 (2019-2020)

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Jun 2 2020

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View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
House Bill 1169 (Public) Filed Friday, May 22, 2020
AN ACT TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO THE LAWS RELATED TO ELECTIONS AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.
Intro. by Grange, Dahle, D. Hall, Harrison.

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Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 4th edition.

Section 1

Makes technical changes.

Section 2

Makes further changes to the directive to the Department of Health and Human Services and the State Board of Elections (State Board) regarding multipartisan team assistance in congregate living situations to consistently refer to the development of "guidance" rather than a "joint program" concerning safety.

Amends proposed GS 163-226.3, regarding the composition of multipartisan teams. Of the team members required to represent the two political parties having the highest number of affiliated voters in the State, requires the team members to be recommended by the county chair of each respective political party.

Section 4.5

Adds a new section.

Amends GS 163-182.2 to require precinct preliminary reports to the county board to include the number of provisional ballots cast in that precinct.

Amends GS 163-166.11 to require county boards to publish the number of provisional ballots cast in an election by 5:00 p.m. on the day after the close of polls.

Section 7

Mandates the State Board to investigate IP addresses or VPNs accessing the website for submitting online requests for absentee ballots to request absentee ballots for more than 10 qualified voters from the date the website is first available to voters through October 27, 2020. Requires the State Board to report to the specified NCGA committee on investigation outcomes by February 1, 2021. Makes conforming changes.

Section 10.5

Adds a new section amending GS 163-132.5G to require county boards of elections to report, by precinct for each item on the ballot, the number of voters who did not select a choice for an item on the ballot and the number of voters who selected more choices than available for the item on the ballot when reporting returns to the State Board of Elections. Adds a new requirement for a county board chair to appear and explain any delay in meeting the statute's voting data and return requirements at the next official meeting of the State Board.

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