AN ACT TO CLARIFY ACCESS TO VOTED BALLOTS.
Amends GS 163-165.1(e) regarding access to voted ballots, adding to the avenues by which persons other than elections officials performing their duties have access to voted ballots and any paper and electronic records associated with those individual voted ballots, to include access by response to a public records request for all voted ballots of a precinct, ward, county, or city. Prohibits voted ballots and their associated paper and electronic records disclosed by public records request from disclosing how a particular voter voted, and requires redaction of any information identifying an individual voter (previously, prohibited disclosure of how a particular voter voted with disclosures of the documents by the other existing avenues, except by court order). Makes clarifying changes regarding a criminal violation of the statute, specifying that a violation of subsection (e), which provides for access to voted ballots or records, is a Class 1 misdemeanor (was, violation of the statute). Makes further technical changes.