RESTORE EARLY VOTING DAYS.

View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 239 (Public) Filed Monday, March 16, 2015
AN ACT THAT RESTORES THE NUMBER OF EARLY VOTING DAYS TO THE NUMBER OF DAYS PRIOR TO THE ENACTMENT OF THE VOTER INFORMATION VERIFICATION ACT.
Intro. by L. Hall.

Status: Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House (House Action) (Mar 17 2015)

Bill History:

H 239

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Mar 16 2015 - More information

    Amends GS 163-227.2(b), effective until January 1, 2016,to provide that no earlier than the third (was, second) Thursday before an election in which absentee ballots are authorized and in which a voter seeks to vote, and no later than 1 p.m. on the last Saturday before that election, the voter must appear in person at the office of the county board of elections, except as provided in subsection (g) of GS 163-227.2. Under subsection (b), current law directs the county board of elections to conduct one-stop voting on the last Saturday before the election until 1 p.m. As amended in this act, subsection (b) provides that the county board of elections may conduct one-stop voting until 5 p.m. on that Saturday.

    Again amends GS 163-227.2(b), effective January 1, 2016, to provide that no earlier than the third (was, second) Thursday before an election in which absentee ballots are authorized and in which a voter seeks to vote, and no later than 1 p.m. on the last Saturday before that election, the voter must appear in person at the office of the county board of elections, except as provided in subsection (g) of GS 163-227.2. Under subsection (b), current law directs the county board of elections to conduct one-stop voting on the last Saturday before the election until 1 p.m. As amended in this act, subsection (b) provides that the county board of elections may conduct one-stop voting until 5 p.m. on that Saturday.

    Under current law, subsection (g) of GS 163-227.2 provides that regardless of other provisions of GS 163-227.2, by a unanimous vote of all of its members, a county board of elections may provide one or more sites in that county where voters can apply for and cast absentee ballots under this statute. Amends subsection (g) to delete language that requires any voting plan adopted under this subsection to provide for the same number of hours of operation on the same days of operation for all election sites in that county. Also deletes all provisions of subsection (g2), which enumerates specific information requirements regarding the cumulative total number of scheduled voting hours from county boards of elections that provided for one or more sites during the 2010 or 2012 general election. Deletes subsection (g3), which permitted a county board of elections, by unanimous vote, to submit a request to the State Board to reduce the number of hours established in subsection (g2) for the primary or general election.

    Applies to elections held on or after September 1, 2015.


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