A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO PROHIBIT DEPENDENCY DEDUCTIONS FOR QUALIFYING CHILDREN WHO HAVE REGISTERED TO VOTE AT A DIFFERENT ADDRESS; CLARIFY RESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES THAT MAY BE USED FOR VOTING; PROHIBIT VOTER REGISTRATIONS THAT LACK REQUIRED INFORMATION; CLARIFY THE RIGHTS OF ELECTION OBSERVERS; REPEAL SAME DAY VOTER REGISTRATION; LIMIT EARLY VOTING TO TEN DAYS; AND ELIMINATE SATELLITE EARLY VOTING SITES.
Amends GS 105-134.6(a1) to allow the taxpayer an exemption amount for each qualifying child unless the qualifying child has changed their principal place of abode from that of the taxpayer according to the child's voter registration. Effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2014.
Amends GS 163-57(1), adding subsection (d) prohibiting a vacant lot or business address from being considered a residence unless the location is used by the person as his or her usual sleeping area.
Amends GS 163-82.4(e) to prohibit a vote from being counted for a voter who failed to provide complete information as to name, date of birth, residence address, county of residency, and citizenship status.
Amends GS 163-45(a), adding the subsection title "Appointment of Observers" and (b), adding the subsection title "Rights of Observers."
Amends GS 163-45(b), expanding the authority of an observer at a polling place to be present and move about the voting place until the chief judge and judges have completed all of their duties and to observe precinct officials checking voter registration. Requires a chief judge or judge who limits the movement or expels an observer from the polling place to specify such reasons in writing and have the writing witnessed by another judge. The observer may challenge the limitation or expulsion and if the county board finds that such action was taken without cause, the chief judge or judge will be punished according to the number of that judge's previous offenses.
Repeals GS 163-82.6A (In-person registration and voting at one-stop sites) and makes the following conforming changes. Amends GS 163-82.6(c), deleting the exception to provision for registration deadlines for a primary or election. Amends GS 163-59(3), deleting the provision that formerly allowed persons qualified by age to vote in the general election but not the primary to register and vote in both elections pursuant to GS 163-82.6A(f) for a party primary. Amends GS 163-166.12(b2), deleting the provision that identified the proper identification documents that were required if the individual registers and votes under GS 163-82.6A. Amends GS 163-283(3), deleting the provision that formerly allowed persons qualified by age to vote in the general election but not the primary to register and vote in both elections pursuant to GS 163-82.6A(f) for a party primary. Amends GS 163-283.1, deleting the provision that formerly allowed persons qualified by age to vote in the general election but not the primary to register and vote in both elections pursuant to GS 163-82.6A(f) for a nonpartisan primary. Amends GS 163-330, deleting the provision that formerly allowed persons qualified by age to vote in the general election but not the primary to register and vote in both elections pursuant to GS 163-82.6A(f) for a primary. Amends GS 163-227.2(a), deleting the reference to GS 163-82.6A as an applicable section for voters using absentee ballots.
Amends GS 163-227.2(b), limiting one-stop voting to the second (rather than third) Thursday before an election. The county board of elections must conduct one-stop voting on the last Saturday before the election until 1:00 P.M. with no discretion to continue.
Amends GS 163-227.2(f), deleting the provision that allowed a county board of elections to conduct one-stop voting during evenings or weekends when given proper approval.
Amends GS 163-227.2, deleting subsection (g) and (g1), which allowed for one-stop voting at locations other than the county board of elections office.
Amends GS 163-227.2, requiring that a challenge against a voter during one-stop voting may be entered at the county board office only and not at a one-stop site as previously allowed under GS 163-227.2(g).
Effective for elections occurring on or after January 1, 2014.
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