AN ACT TO EXPAND VOTER ACCESS BY ESTABLISHING A VOTING PORTAL FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED VOTERS TO VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT ONLINE, ALLOWING FOR THE ONLINE SUBMISSION OF VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION FORMS, AND STATING THE INTENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO FUND A PROGRAM TO IDENTIFY AND ASSIST VOTERS NEEDING PHOTO IDENTIFICATION.
Senate amendment makes the following changes to the 2nd edition.
Deletes the content of previous Part II., which enacted GS 163-82.5A to allow for online voter registration and made conforming changes to GS Chapter 163.
Instead, amends GS 163-82.19, which governs voter registration at driver's license offices. Enacts new subsection (a1), directing the State Board of Elections (State Board) and the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to jointly develop and maintain an online voter registration system allowing applicants to complete an application to register to vote or update an existing voter registration (excluding updates to gender or ethnicity), regardless of whether the applicant is also simultaneously conducting a transaction, so long as the online system complies with form requirements set forth in state law. Limits online registration application eligibility to individuals who are either eligible to register to vote in the state or currently registered to vote in the state, and who have been previously issued a driver's license or a special identification card for a nonoperator's license pursuant to GS Chapter 20. Makes the DMV responsible for validating the applicant's identity, protecting and securing data maintained in the online system, and maintaining the security of the online system. Makes the State Board responsible for forwarding the online registration applications to the appropriate county board. Makes organizational changes. Makes conforming changes to the remainder of the statute, making the registration application procedures for driver's license offices applicable to online voter registration. Expands the Class I felony offense for willfully and knowingly and with fraudulent intent giving false information on a voter registration application completed at a driver's license office to include online applications. Makes further technical and conforming changes.
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