Bill Summary for S 220 (2019-2020)
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AN ACT TO ALLOW ANY CITIZEN TO REMOVE A POLITICAL SIGN THAT REMAINS IN A PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE TIME WITHIN WHICH POLITICAL SIGNS ARE TO BE REMOVED, TO PROVIDE A WINDOW OF TIME BEFORE THE OPENING AND AFTER THE CLOSE OF POLLS FOR POLITICAL ADVERTISING TO BE PLACED AND COLLECTED AT THE VOTING PLACE, AND TO ALLOW THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS TO MODIFY THE REQUIRED CERTIFICATION DATES FOR THE 2019 ELECTION CYCLE IF NEEDED.Intro. by D. Davis, Tillman, Hise.
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House committee substitute to the 3rd edition makes the following changes.
Amends GS 163A-1046 by adding a requirement that the county board of elections ensure that each precinct voting place allows candidates at least 36 hours before the opening of the voting place and at least 36 hours after it closes, to place and retrieve political advertising. Allows any political advertising placed outside of these times to be removed by the property owner. Amends GS 163A-1134 by adding to the conditions that must be met in order for the Executive Director of the State Board of Elections to grant special permission for a county board of elections to enter into an agreement with the owners or managers of a nonpublic building to use the building as a voting place on the condition that election-related activity not be permitted on their property adjacent to the buffer zone, to also require that the county board have attempted to secure as a term of the agreement at least 36 hours prior to the opening of the voting place and at least 36 hours after closing for candidates to place and retrieve political advertising. Allows the agreement to provide that any political advertising placed outside of those times be removed by the property owner.
Gives the Executive Director of the State Board of Elections, in the 2019 elections only, authority to reduce the canvass period by whatever time necessary to ensure orderly elections on the legally required election schedule. Requires at least two weeks' notice if the period is shortened, to be provided to the county board and to the public. Effective when the act becomes law and expires November 7, 2019.
Makes conforming changes. Amends the act's long title.