AN ACT TO AMEND THE LAWS GOVERNING MAIL-IN ABSENTEE BALLOTS; TO RESTORE THE LAST SATURDAY OF EARLY ONE-STOP VOTING; TO EXTEND THE TIME BY WHICH COUNTY BOARDS OF ELECTIONS NEED TO REPLACE DIRECT RECORD ELECTRONIC VOTING EQUIPMENT UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS; TO AUTHORIZE A COUNTY TO TEST NEW VOTING EQUIPMENT DURING A SIMULATED ELECTION; AND TO MAKE APPROPRIATIONS FOR CURRENT OPERATIONS OF THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS, CONSISTENT WITH HOUSE BILL 966 OF THE 2019 REGULAR SESSION.
House amendments to the 5th edition, as amended, make the following changes.
Amendment #6 amends GS 163A-1317 to increase the punishment for selling or attempting to sell, or purchasing or agreeing to purchase, a completed written request, a completed application for absentee ballots, or voted absentee ballots from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class I felony. Increases the punishment for compensating another, or accepting compensation, based on the number of returned written requests for absentee ballots from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class I felony.
Amendment #7 amends GS 163A-1303 by adding that if a county board of elections opens one-stop sites on Saturdays, all one-stop sites must be open on the last Saturday before the election, for the hours required under GS 163A-1300(b) for that last Saturday.
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