AN ACT TO CODIFY THE COMMON LAW REQUIREMENT FOR UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP TO QUALIFY AS A JUROR, TO ALLOW A CLERK OF COURT TO HEAR JURY EXCUSES IF SO DESIGNATED BY THE CHIEF DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PERSONS REQUESTING TO BE EXCUSED FROM JURY DUTY BASED ON DISQUALIFICATION SHALL BE SHARED WITH THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS IF THE DISQUALIFICATION IS DUE TO UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP.
Senate amendment #1 makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Makes clarifying changes to the proposed changes to GS 9-6 to refer to the clerk of superior court (rather than clerk) and include in the authorized delegation of duties to the clerk of superior court passing on applications (rather than passing applications) for excuses from jury duty. Makes additional clarifying changes to refer to the clerk of superior court.
Amends proposed GS 9-6.2 to require the clerk to quarterly report the information electronically to the State Board of Elections (previously also included reporting to the local board of elections) for use in its efforts to remove names from its list of registered voters in accordance with GS 163A-877.
Amends GS 163A-877 to require the State Board of Elections (State Board) to distribute to the county boards of elections the names on the quarterly report from the clerk of superior court under GS 9-6.2 of individuals registered to vote in that county who were excused from jury duty based on disqualification due to citizenship, residency, or criminal history. Requires each county board to use the report upon receipt in conducting systemic efforts to remove the names of ineligible voters from the official lists of eligible voters pursuant to the statute. Adds that, upon receipt of notice of excusal from jury duty based on criminal history under the new provision, after 30 days' written notice to the voter at the voter's registration address and upon no objection from the voter, the county can remove the person's name from its registration records. Adds that the county is required to remove a person from its list if the registrant is included on a report under GS 9-6.2 of excusals from jury duty based on disqualification due to residency outside of the county. Requires verification by the county board that the registrant does reside outside of the county prior to removal. Makes clarifying and technical changes.
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