Bill Summary for S 688 (2013-2014)

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Apr 4 2013

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
Senate Bill 688 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO ALLOW VOTERS WITH DRIVERS LICENSES OR IDENTIFICATION CARDS AND VERIFIABLE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS TO REGISTER TO VOTE ONLINE.
Intro. by Bryant, Parmon, McKissick.

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Amends GS 163-82.5 (Distribution of application forms), to provide that the State Board of Elections (Board) will make the voter registration application forms available for completion and submission on a secure website, in accordance with this Article.

Enacts new GS 163-82.5A regarding online voter registration in Article 7A of GS Chapter 163. Provides that individuals who meet the following stated requirements may submit a voter registration application or change their registration online: (1) is eligible to register to vote and (2) has a current and valid North Carolina driver's license, learner's permit, or provisional license, or a special identification card for non-operators issued under GS 20-37.7.

Requires the Board to establish a secure website to allow individuals meeting the prescribed requirements to submit voter registration applications.

Provides that the secure website is to allow qualified individuals to: (1) submit an application to register to vote or report a change in name, address, or party affiliation; (2) submit information to establish that the individual is eligible to register online; and (3) submit the individual's email address.

Directs the county board of elections, with the Board, to verify the individual's NC driver's license or Social Security number, update the statewide registration database and search for possible duplicate registrations, and verify the person's address, pursuant to GS 163-82.7. If the Board verifies the NC driver's license or Social Security number in accordance with  GS 163-82.12, the DMV will transfer the digital signature of the applicant in the DMV records to the Board. If the Board cannot verify the driver's license or Social Security number in accordance with GS 163-82.12, the Board will notify the individual submitting the application by email, if provided. Such an individual will be offered an opportunity to register in accordance with GS 163-82.6 or GS 163-82.6A.

Amends GS 163-82.10(a), providing that electronic mail addresses submitted under this Article, any electronic data associated with online registration under GS 163-82.5A, and driver's license numbers generated by the voter, board, or county board of election in the voter registration process will be kept confidential and not considered public records.

Effective December 1, 2013.

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