Bill Summary for H 589 (2013-2014)

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Jul 25 2013

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View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
House Bill 589 (Public) Filed Thursday, April 4, 2013
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE IN GOVERNMENT BY ESTABLISHING THE VOTER INFORMATION VERIFICATION ACT TO PROMOTE THE ELECTORAL PROCESS THROUGH EDUCATION AND INCREASED REGISTRATION OF VOTERS AND BY REQUIRING VOTERS TO PROVIDE PHOTO IDENTIFICATION BEFORE VOTING TO PROTECT THE RIGHT OF EACH REGISTERED VOTER TO CAST A SECURE VOTE WITH REASONABLE SECURITY MEASURES THAT CONFIRM VOTER IDENTITY AS ACCURATELY AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT RESTRICTION, AND TO FURTHER REFORM THE ELECTION LAWS.
Intro. by Warren, Murry, T. Moore, Samuelson.

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Senate amendment #11 makes the following changes to the 7th edition.

Amends new GS 163-166.13(e) to provide additional criteria regarding acceptance of a tribal enrollment cardto satisfy thephoto identification requirement for voting in person. Specifies that if the tribal enrollment card is issued by a tribe recognized by this stateunder GS Chapter 71A, it must meet all of the following criteria in order to satisfy the photo identification requirement: (1) be issued in accordance with a process approved by the State Board of Elections, which requires an application and proof of identity equivalent to the requirements for issuing a special identification card by the Division of Motor Vehicles under GS 20-7 and GS 20-37.7, and (2) be signed by an elected official of the tribe. Renumbers the subdivisions in thissubsection accordingly.

Amends GS 163-166.14 to clarify that the judges of election who review and evaluate a determination by a local election official that a voter's photo identification does not bear any resemblance to the voter must have the same qualifications as in Article 5 of this Chapter.

Amends GS 163-45 (Poll observers) to replace the term "county supervisor of elections" with "county director of elections" wherever it occurs.

Amends GS 163-227.2(g2) to requirea county board of elections that provided for absentee ballots in the 2012 and 2010 primary and general elections to calculate the cumulative number of hours (was, calculate the number of hours)that the county provided for voters to apply for absentee ballots. Deletes specified formula fordoing the calculation.Adds new subsection (g3) to provide that by unanimous vote, a county board of elections may submit a request to the State Board of Elections to reduce the number of hours established in subsection (g2) of this section for absentee ballots fora primary or a general election. Provides that the reduction must take effect for that primary or general election only if the reduction is approved by unanimous vote of the State Board of Elections.

Provides that 50% of the funds directed to be paid in 2013 under GS 163-278.41(c) is to be disbursed as provided by law and that unexpended funds are toremain in the reserve until December 31, 2013, at which time those funds will revert to the General Fund.

Amendment #13 makes the following change to the 7th edition. Amends GS 163-278.6(8j) to modifythe definition for electioneering communications to refer to communications aired or transmitted after September 7 (was, September 15) in the case of a general election in November of an even-numbered year.

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