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.
House committee substitute to the 4th edition makes the following changes.
Makes organizational changes to the act to set forth the proposed changes to GS 9-6(b) and (e) in Section 1 (previously, in Sections 1 and 4).
Amends proposed GS 9-6.2 to no longer limit the record retention requirement of superior court clerks regarding jury excusal requests to those based on a disqualification under GS 9-3. Instead, requires record retention of all requests for excusal from jury duty based on disqualification to serve. Additionally, more specifically requires the records to be retained as described in GS 9-2 (concerning preparation of master jury list), and permits destruction of the records by the superior court clerk at the end of each fiscal biennium as described in GS 9-2. Regarding the clerk's requirement to quarterly report certain disqualifications to the State Board of Elections (State Board), more narrowly requires the reporting of persons disqualified from jury duty because the person is not a citizen of the United States (previously, required reporting disqualifications due to citizenship, residency, or criminal history as described in GS 9-3), to be used to conduct efforts to remove names from its list of registered voters. Requires the State Board to retain the electronic records for four years (was, two years), and deems the records retained by the State Board public records. Allows the State Board to destroy the records when they are no longer public records (previously, allowed the superior court clerk to destroy the records at the end of each biennium).
Makes conforming changes to GS 163A-877, regarding list maintenance by county boards of elections, to include using the report distributed by the State Board relating to records of excusals from jury duty based on disqualification due to the person not being a citizen of the United States (rather than disqualification based on citizenship, residency, or criminal history as described under GS 9-3) to conduct systematic efforts to remove the names of ineligible voters from the official lists of eligible voters. Adds that records retained by a county board of elections are public records, which must be retained for four years, and can be destroyed when they are no longer public records. Makes conforming deletions. Eliminates the proposed change to subsection (d) that set forth a separate directive requiring county boards to remove a person from its list if the person is included on a report of excusals based on disqualification due to residency outside of the county received under GS 9-6.2 (now amended to no longer require a report for disqualification due to residency) upon verification that the registrant does not reside outside of the county.