AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE TO STUDY WHETHER TO REQUIRE THE USE OF PAPER BALLOTS IN ALL ELECTIONS IN NORTH CAROLINA AND TO PROHIBIT THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OR ANY COUNTY FROM PURCHASING A VOTING SYSTEM THAT DOES NOT PRODUCE A PAPER BALLOT UNTIL AUGUST 15, 2014.
Amends GS 163-165 to amend the definition of ballot to remove references to electronic voting and adds a definition of paper ballots.
Amends GS 163-165.7 to to require voting systems to produce a paper ballot. Makes conforming changes replacing references to a paper "record" with "ballot."
Makes conforming changes to GS 163-166.7, GS 163-182.1, GS 163-182.2, and GS 163-227.2.
Effective January 1, 2014, and applies to elections held on or after that date.
Effective when the act becomes law, requires the decertification of any direct record electronic voting systems that do not use paper ballots and prohibits their use in any election held on or after January 1, 2014. Provides that decertification of such a system may not be appealed to the Superior Court of Wake County.
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