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S.B. 25

             1     

ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION

             2     
2009 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

             5     
House Sponsor: Douglas C. Aagard

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      Committee Note:
             9          The Government Operations Interim Committee recommended this bill.
             10      General Description:
             11          This bill allows the lieutenant governor to create an online system for voter registration.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    allows the lieutenant governor to create an electronic system for voter registration;
             15          .    addresses the information and authorization required from an applicant for voter
             16      registration who uses the electronic system;
             17          .    authorizes the use of an applicant's signature obtained from driver license or
             18      identification card records for voter registration purposes;
             19          .    authorizes the lieutenant governor to implement additional security measures in
             20      connection with the electronic voter registration system;
             21          .    requires the lieutenant governor to forward an applicant's materials to the
             22      appropriate county clerk for processing;
             23          .    requires the Driver License Division to provide a digital copy of an applicant's
             24      driver license or identification card record to the lieutenant governor or county
             25      clerk; and
             26          .    makes technical changes.
             27      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:


             28          None
             29      Other Special Clauses:
             30          None
             31      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             32      AMENDS:
             33          53-3-104, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
             34      ENACTS:
             35          20A-2-206, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             36     
             37      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             38          Section 1. Section 20A-2-206 is enacted to read:
             39          20A-2-206. Electronic registration.
             40          (1) The lieutenant governor may create and maintain an electronic system for voter
             41      registration that is publicly available on the Internet.
             42          (2) An electronic system for voter registration shall require:
             43          (a) that an applicant have a valid driver license or identification card, issued under Title
             44      53, Chapter 3, Uniform Driver License Act, that reflects the person's current principal place of
             45      residence;
             46          (b) that the applicant provide the information required by Section 20A-2-104 , except
             47      that the applicant's signature may be obtained in the manner described in Subsections (2)(d)
             48      and (4);
             49          (c) that the applicant attest to the truth of the information provided; and
             50          (d) that the applicant authorize the lieutenant governor's and county clerk's use of the
             51      applicant's driver license or identification card signature, obtained under Title 53, Chapter 3,
             52      Uniform Driver License Act, for voter registration purposes.
             53          (3) Notwithstanding Section 20A-2-104 , an applicant using the electronic system for
             54      voter registration created under this section is not required to complete a printed registration
             55      form.
             56          (4) The lieutenant governor shall obtain a digital copy of the applicant's driver license
             57      or identification card from the Driver License Division.
             58          (5) Upon receiving all information from an applicant and the Driver License Division,


             59      the lieutenant governor shall send the information to the county clerk for the county in which
             60      the applicant's principle place of residence is found for further action.
             61          (6) The lieutenant governor may use additional security measures to ensure the
             62      accuracy and integrity of an electronically submitted voter registration.
             63          Section 2. Section 53-3-104 is amended to read:
             64           53-3-104. Division duties.
             65          The division shall:
             66          (1) in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act,
             67      make rules:
             68          (a) for examining applicants for a license, as necessary for the safety and welfare of the
             69      traveling public;
             70          (b) for acceptable documentation of an applicant's identity, Utah resident status, Utah
             71      residence address, proof of legal presence, proof of citizenship of a country other than the
             72      United States, and other proof or documentation required under this chapter;
             73          (c) regarding the restrictions to be imposed on a person driving a motor vehicle with a
             74      temporary learner permit or learner permit; and
             75          (d) for exemptions from licensing requirements as authorized in this chapter;
             76          (2) examine each applicant according to the class of license applied for;
             77          (3) license motor vehicle drivers;
             78          (4) file every application for a license received by it and shall maintain indices
             79      containing:
             80          (a) all applications denied and the reason each was denied;
             81          (b) all applications granted; and
             82          (c) the name of every licensee whose license has been suspended, disqualified, or
             83      revoked by the division and the reasons for the action;
             84          (5) suspend, revoke, disqualify, cancel, or deny any license issued in accordance with
             85      this chapter;
             86          (6) file all accident reports and abstracts of court records of convictions received by it
             87      under state law;
             88          (7) maintain a record of each licensee showing the licensee's convictions and the traffic
             89      accidents in which the licensee has been involved where a conviction has resulted;


             90          (8) consider the record of a licensee upon an application for renewal of a license and at
             91      other appropriate times;
             92          (9) search the license files, compile, and furnish a report on the driving record of any
             93      person licensed in the state in accordance with Section 53-3-109 ;
             94          (10) develop and implement a record system as required by Section 41-6a-604 ;
             95          (11) in accordance with Section 53A-13-208 , establish:
             96          (a) procedures and standards to certify teachers of driver education classes to
             97      administer knowledge and skills tests;
             98          (b) minimal standards for the tests; and
             99          (c) procedures to enable school districts to administer or process any tests for students
             100      to receive a class D operator's license;
             101          (12) in accordance with Section 53-3-510 , establish:
             102          (a) procedures and standards to certify licensed instructors of commercial driver
             103      training school courses to administer the skills test;
             104          (b) minimal standards for the test; and
             105          (c) procedures to enable licensed commercial driver training schools to administer or
             106      process skills tests for students to receive a class D operator's license; [and]
             107          (13) provide administrative support to the Driver License Medical Advisory Board
             108      created in Section 53-3-303 [.]; and
             109          (14) upon request by the lieutenant governor, provide the lieutenant governor with a
             110      digital copy of the driver license or identification card record of a person who is an applicant
             111      for voter registration under Section 20A-2-206 .




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