Bill Summary for S 683 (2019-2020)
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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.Intro. by Daniel, McKissick, Hise.
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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.