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6 This act modifies provisions of the Election Code governing military and overseas voters by
7 modifying mailing requirements for overseas and military ballots. This act makes technical
9 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
11 20A-3-408, as last amended by Chapter 373, Laws of Utah 2001
12 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
13 Section 1. Section 20A-3-408 is amended to read:
14 20A-3-408. Voting of ballot by military or overseas citizen voter.
15 (1) (a) The military or overseas citizen voter shall:
16 (i) upon receipt of the ballot, mark it in secret;
17 (ii) seal it in the ballot envelope provided for that purpose; and
18 (iii) execute the registration and voting certificate and mailing affidavit on the back of the
19 envelope [
21 (b) (i) If the military or overseas citizen voter is physically disabled so as to be unable to
22 see or write, he may request assistance from two persons, each of whom shall be qualified to
23 certify to the registration and voting certificate.
24 (ii) The military or overseas citizen voter shall tell those persons how he wishes his ballot
26 (iii) Those persons shall mark the ballot as directed by the military or overseas citizen
27 voter in his presence.
28 (iv) One of the persons assisting the military or overseas citizen voter shall:
29 (A) read to the voter the registration and voting certificate upon the ballot;
30 (B) fill in its blanks as the voter directs; and
31 (C) sign, on the line provided for the signature of the voter, the name of the voter and his
32 own name.
33 (2) (a) The ballot shall be sent by any available mail service to the county clerk who issued
35 (b) The military or overseas citizen voter is not required to return the ballot by registered
37 (3) [
38 (a) (i) it is clearly postmarked by the appropriate military post office, the Fleet Post Office
39 (FPO) or the Army/Air Force Post Office (APO), [
40 office of the election officer before noon on the day of the official canvass following the election;
52 (ii) the voter has signed the mailing affidavit on the back of the ballot envelope and the
53 ballot is received in the office of the election officer before noon on the day of the official canvass
54 following the election.
55 (b) The county clerk shall cause a mailing affidavit to be printed on the back of the ballot
56 envelope that is in substantially the following form:
57 "I certify that I am/may be unable to obtain a proper postmark and, subject to penalty of law
58 for false statements, swear or affirm that this ballot was voted and mailed before the day of the
60 Signature of
63 To be signed when voter is physically unable to see or write:
64 ______________________________________________________Signature of additional
65 witness who is a commissioned, noncommissioned, or petty officer not below the rank of sergeant
66 or its equivalent, or another person authorized to administer oaths who does swear, under penalty
67 of law for false statements, that at the request of _____________________(name of the voter), I
68 completed the mailing affidavit because the voter was unable to see or write because of a physical
Legislative Review Note
as of 11-15-01 8:56 AM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
The Government Operations Interim Committee recommended this bill.
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