Bill Summary for H 589 (2013-2014)

Summary date: 

Jul 24 2013
S.L. 2013-381

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
House Bill 589 (Public) Filed Thursday, April 4, 2013
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE IN GOVERNMENT BY ESTABLISHING THE VOTER INFORMATION VERIFICATION ACT TO PROMOTE THE ELECTORAL PROCESS THROUGH EDUCATION AND INCREASED REGISTRATION OF VOTERS AND BY REQUIRING VOTERS TO PROVIDE PHOTO IDENTIFICATION BEFORE VOTING TO PROTECT THE RIGHT OF EACH REGISTERED VOTER TO CAST A SECURE VOTE WITH REASONABLE SECURITY MEASURES THAT CONFIRM VOTER IDENTITY AS ACCURATELY AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT RESTRICTION, AND TO FURTHER REFORM THE ELECTION LAWS.
Intro. by Warren, Murry, T. Moore, Samuelson.

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Senate amendments make the following changes to the 6th edition.

Amendment #4 makes the following changes.

Amends GS 163-227.2(g) to require a plan of implementation adopted by the county board of elections or the State Board of Elections to provide for the same days of operation and same number of hours of operation on each day for all sites in that county for that election (was, for the same hours and days of operation for all sites in that county for that election).

Amends GS 163-227.2 by adding (g2) to require, for any county board of elections that provided for one or more sites as provided in (g) during the 2010 or 2012 general election, (1) in elections that include a presidential candidate, the county must ensure that at least the same number of hours offered in 2012 are offered for absentee ballots to be applied for and voted through a combination of hours and numbers of one-stop sites during the primary and general election and (2) for elections for the General Assembly which do not include a presidential candidate, the county must ensure that at least the same number of hours offered in 2010 are offered for absentee ballots to be applied for and voted through a combination of hours and numbers of one-stop sites. Allows the State Board of Elections, to ensure compliance with this subsection, to approve a one-stop site in a building that the county board of elections is not entitled to demand and use as a voting place, but may deny approval if a member of the board presents evidence that other equally suitable sites were available and the use of the chosen site would unfairly advantage or disadvantage interests of that county.

Amendment #5 deletes the proposed changes to GS 163-166.8(a) and GS 163-166.8 concerning assistance to voters. Requires the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee to study ways to improve protections for persons requiring assistance in voting places and recommend legislation. Allows for an interim report before the General Assembly reconvenes in 2014, and requires a final report before the 2015 Regular Session convenes.

Amendment #6 amends the definition of photo identification in GS 163-166.13 to require that ID has a printed expiration date and is unexpired (was, and has not expired).

Amends GS 163-230.2(a3) to require the county board of elections to, upon receiving a request form for an absentee ballot, to confirm that voter's registration (was, verify the voter's registration). Makes conforming changes.

Amends GS 163-231(b) to make clarifying and organizational changes. Also all ballots issued under the provision of this Article and Article 21A must be received by the county board no later than 5:00 pm on the day of the statewide primary or general election or county bond election.

Deletes the proposed new GS 163-82.20(j) and instead places that same language in GS 163-82.22.

Amends GS 163-45 to provide that while no more than two observers from the same political party are allowed in the voting enclosure at any time, in addition, one of the at-large observers from each party may also be in the voting enclosure. Also deletes the provision allowing an observer to be present and move about the voting place before, during and following the closing of the polls until the chief judge and judges have completed all of their duties, as well as allowing the observer to observe precinct official checking voter registrations from a position that allows clearly hearing and understanding voter responses.

Requires the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee to study a bill of rights for election observers and recommend legislation. Allows an interim report before the General Assembly reconvenes in 2014 and requires a final report before the convening of the 2015 General Assembly.

Repeals GS 163-82.3A, other than (e). Makes a conforming change to the statute's catchline, renaming it Address and name changes at one-stop sites.

Amends GS 163-227.22(g) to provide that any implementation plan must provide for the same hours and days of operation for all sites (was, all additional sites) in that county for that election.

Deletes proposed changes to GS 163-82.15(e), which would have deleted the provision allowing any voter subject to (e) to vote a provisional ballot instead.

Deletes proposed changes to GS 163-278.6(14) and instead requires the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee to study establishing a threshold for the creation of a political committee and recommend legislation. Allows an interim report before the General Assembly reconvenes in 2014 and requires a final report before the convening of the 2015 General Assembly.

Deletes Part 58 of the act, clarifying the scope of Chapter 132 and Article 17 of Chapter 120 of the General Statutes.

 

 

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