Bill Summary for S 403 (2013-2014)

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Jun 19 2014

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
Senate Bill 403 (Public) Filed Monday, March 25, 2013
Intro. by Bingham.

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House committee substitute deletes all the provisions of the 3rd edition and replaces it with AN ACT TO AMEND AND CLARIFY VARIOUS PROVISIONS OF THE ELECTION LAWS.

Amends GS 163-106(b) regarding eligibility to file as a candidate in a party primary to prohibit a person from filing a notice of candidacy in a party primary unless that person has been affiliated with that party for at least 90 days as of the date that the person files the notice. Effective January 1, 2015, and applies to elections held on or after that date.

Amends GS 163-165.6(c) to apply the provisions regarding the order of candidates on official ballots to candidates whether the primary is partisan or nonpartisan and apply to any nonpartisan general election ballot item under Article 25 of GS Chapter 163. Provides that the same random selection process is to be used for all primaries and elections in a calendar year.

Amends GS 163-277.2(g2) to provide that regardless of the requirements of subsections (g) and (g1) of this section if any county board of elections provides for one or more sites during the 2010 or 2012 general election, the county must provide the specified items. Provides that the phrase "cumulative total number of scheduled voting hours" includes those at the office of the county board of elections or the reasonably close alternate site approved under subsection (g) of this session.

Amends GS 115C-47 to make a conforming change deleting a reference to preregistration in high schools.

Amends Section 5.3 of SL 2013-381 to clarify that public education on the requirement that voters must have photo identification in order to vote in person beginning in 2016 will be included as a brief statement in the notices of elections published by county boards of elections under GS 163-33(8) for the 2014 primary and the 2015 general election.

Amends GS 163-166.14(e) to clarify that the individuals made available by the county board of elections to engage in the review required under subsection (b) of this section of voters presenting photo identification to a local election official at a time other than on election day, may reside anywhere in the county or may be an employee of the county or the state.

Amends GS 163-166.13(e) to provide that in instances where photo identification is presented for voting purposes, if the individual presents a US military identification card or a Veterans Identification Card issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, there is no requirement that the identification card have a printed expiration or issuance date. Provides that if the individual presents as photo identification for voting purposes a tribal enrollment card issued by a federally recognized tribe that lacks a printed expiration date, the card is acceptable if it has a printed issuance date that is not more than eight years before the date it is presented for voting.

Amends Section 38.1(b) of SL 2013-381 to provide that the repeal of GS 163-278.99E(d) (requiring the Board of Elections to publish a Voter Guide) is governed by subsection (l) of this section, which provides that the repeal becomes effective when the funds for publishing the Judicial Voter Guide in GS 163-278.69 are exhausted.

Makes technical and clarifying changes to GS 163-278.40H.

Amends GS 163-302(a) to remove language which prohibits absentee voting in any municipal election unless the election is conducted by the county board of elections.

Amends GS 163-231(a)(5), concerning the procedure for voting absentee ballots, to provide that failure to list a zip code does not invalidate the application and certificate.

Amends GS 163-82.15(e), concerning unreported moves to another precinct in the same county, adding the option that if a registrant appears at an old precinct they may be permitted to vote by a provisional ballot and the ballot will count as far as it is determined the individual was eligible to vote under State or federal law.

Repeals GS 163-166.11(5), concerning not counting provisional ballots if the voter did not vote in the proper precinct.

Amends GS 163-182.2(a)(4), concerning provisional ballots, making organizational and clarifying changes. Provides that if a provisional ballot is found to be valid and eligible, pursuant to the specified requirements, then it will be counted by the county board of elections before the canvass. If the ballot is found to not be valid or eligible because the voter did not vote in the proper precinct, is not registered in the county, or is not otherwise eligible to vote, the ballot will not be counted (previously, allowed a ballot to be counted for certain ballot items if the ballot was found eligible and valid for that specific ballot item).

Amends GS 138A-22, concerning statements of economic interest providing that candidates required to file the statements must file with the Commission within 10 days of the filing deadline for the office sought.Deletes provisions which required the statement to be filed at the same place and same manner as the notice of candidacy. Also deletes provisions that required individuals nominated pursuant to GS 163-114, after the primary and before the general election as well as an individual who qualifies pursuant to GS 163-122, as an unaffiliated candidate, to file the statement with the county board of elections in each county in the senatorial or representative district. Sets out a three day deadline to file the statement for unofficial candidates, write in candidates, and candidates of a new party. Requires the State Board of Elections to provide notification of the statement requirement for any individual who is a nominee pursuant to GS 163-114. Adds requirement that the State Board of Elections must send a notice of an individual qualifying to be on the ballot, within five days ofsuch qualification, to the State Ethics Commission. Deletes provisions requiring county boards of elections to forward filed statements of economic interest to the State Board of Elections and then from the Board to the State Ethics Commission for evaluation.Effective January 1, 2015, applying to statements of economic interest filed on or after that date.

Amends GS 20-9.2, concerning selective service system registration,to provide that this section does not apply to special identification cards issued pursuant to GS 20-37.7(d)(5) or (6).

Amends GS 163-226.3(a)(7), GS 163-237(b1) and GS 163-275(16) to delete statutory references to GS 163-250(a).

Amends GS 163-89, concerning challenging absentee ballots, updating a statutory reference.

Enacts new GS 163-82.14(e) providing that the State Board of Elections has the authority to perform list maintenance pursuant to this section, with the same authority as the county board.

Amends GS 163-111(e), concerning the dates of second primaries and procedures, providing that a registered voter that votes in a primary, moves to another county in the State prior to a second primary, qualifies to vote in the new precinct and registers in a timely manner is allowed to vote a provisional ballot in that precinct for the second primary and will have the ballot counted for all the ballot items the county board determines the individual was eligible to vote. Effective January 1, 2015, applying to all elections occurring on or after that date.

Amends GS 160A-102, concerning the amending of a city or town charter to implement the optional forms in GS 160A-101, providing that if a special election is held, in regards to amending the charter, the date fixed for the special election will be the next date permitted under GS 163-287(a) which is more than 70 days after the adoption of an ordinance amending the charter (was, could not be more than 90 days after the adoption of the ordinance).