AN ACT REQUIRING A CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT OR VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO FILE THE CANDIDATE'S FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURN BEFORE THE CANDIDATE'S NAME APPEARS ON THE GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THAT PURPOSE.
Amends GS 163A-1226, pertaining to the names of presidential electors printed on ballots, by enacting new subsection (a1) establishing that the name of a candidate for President or Vice President can appear on the general election ballot only if the candidate has filed with the State Board of Elections (Board), no later than 50 days before the date of the general election, (1) a copy of the candidate's federal income tax returns for the ten years preceding the year of the general election and (2) written consent, in a form prescribed by the Board, for the public disclosure of the candidate's federal income tax returns required by new subsection (a1). Directs the Board to make the federal income tax returns submitted under new subsection (a1) publicly available on the State Board of Elections website within seven days after filing. Requires the Board, in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of Revenue or the Secretary's designee, to redact any personal information or other information the Secretary or the designee determines must be kept confidential by law. Expressly prohibits a candidate's name from being printed on the official general election ballot if the candidate for President or Vice President fails to timely file the federal income tax returns and written consent with the Board as required under new subsection (a1). Makes conforming changes to GS 163A-1226(a) and GS 163A-1112(a)(3). Applies to elections held on or after the date the act becomes law.
Appropriates $100,000 for 2019-20 and $100,000 for 2020-21 from the General Fund to the State Board of Elections to develop and maintain the information required by this act. Effective July 1, 2019.
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