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H.B. 4






Sponsor: Karen W. Morgan

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill corrects an erroneous cross-reference in the Election Code.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    ensures that the cross-reference to voter information pamphlets is correct in the
             13      Election Code section governing polling place supplies.
             14      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             15          None
             16      Other Special Clauses:
             17          None
             18      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             19      AMENDS:
             20          20A-5-403, as last amended by Chapter 116, Laws of Utah 2003
             22      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             23          Section 1. Section 20A-5-403 is amended to read:
             24           20A-5-403. Polling places -- Booths -- Ballot boxes -- Inspections -- Provisions --
             25      Arrangements.
             26          (1) Each election officer shall:
             27          (a) designate polling places for each voting precinct in the jurisdiction; and

             28          (b) obtain the approval of the county or municipal legislative body or special district
             29      governing board for those polling places.
             30          (2) (a) For each polling place, the election officer shall provide:
             31          (i) an American flag;
             32          (ii) a sufficient number of voting booths or compartments;
             33          (iii) the voting devices, voting booths, ballots, ballot boxes, ballot labels, ballot cards,
             34      write-in ballots, and any other records and supplies necessary to enable a voter to vote; [and]
             35          (iv) the constitutional amendment cards [and voter information pamphlets] required by
             36      Part 1, Election Notices and Instructions; [and]
             37          (v) voter information pamphlets required by Title 20A, Chapter 7, Part 7, Voter
             38      Information Pamphlet; and
             39          [(v)] (vi) the instruction cards required by Section 20A-5-102 .
             40          (b) Each election officer shall ensure that:
             41          (i) each voting booth is at a convenient height for writing, and is arranged so that the
             42      voter can prepare his ballot screened from observation;
             43          (ii) there are a sufficient number of voting booths to accommodate the voters at that
             44      polling place; and
             45          (iii) there is at least one voting booth that is configured to accommodate persons with
             46      disabilities.
             47          (c) Each county clerk shall provide a ballot box for each polling place that is large
             48      enough to properly receive and hold the ballots to be cast.
             49          (3) (a) As of May 15, 2003, all polling places shall be physically inspected by each
             50      county clerk to ensure access by a person with a disability.
             51          (b) Any issues concerning inaccessibility to polling places by a person with a disability
             52      discovered during the inspections referred to in Subsection (3)(a) or reported to the county
             53      clerk on or after May 15, 2002 shall be:
             54          (i) forwarded to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor; and
             55          (ii) within six months of the time of the complaint, the issue of inaccessibility shall be
             56      either:
             57          (A) remedied at the particular location by the county clerk;
             58          (B) the county clerk shall designate an alternative accessible location for the particular

             59      precinct; or
             60          (C) if no practical solution can be identified, file with the Office of the Lieutenant
             61      Governor a written explanation identifying the reasons compliance cannot reasonably be met.
             62          (4) The municipality in which the election is held shall pay the cost of conducting each
             63      municipal election, including the cost of printing and supplies.
             64          (5) The county clerk shall make detailed entries of all proceedings had under this
             65      chapter.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 6-18-03 12:04 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

Interim Committee Note
    as of 12-09-03 8:39 AM

The Government Operations Interim Committee recommended this bill.

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