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H.B. 258





Chief Sponsor: Kenneth W. Sumsion

Senate Sponsor: Wayne L. Niederhauser

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill limits changes to voting precincts during the time period before and after the
             10      United States decennial census.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    prohibits a county legislative body from changing voting precincts between January
             14      1 of a year immediately proceeding a census year and the day on which the
             15      Legislature divides the state into districts based on the new census information; and
             16          .    makes technical changes.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          20A-5-303, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 71
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 20A-5-303 is amended to read:
             27           20A-5-303. Establishing, dividing, abolishing, and changing voting precincts --

             28      Common polling places -- Combined voting precincts -- Counties.
             29          (1) (a) After receiving recommendations from the county clerk, the county legislative
             30      body may establish, divide, abolish, and change voting precincts.
             31          (b) Within 30 days after the establishment, division, abolition, or change of a voting
             32      precinct under this section, the county legislative body shall file with the Automated
             33      Geographic Reference Center, created under Section 63F-1-506 , a notice describing the action
             34      taken and specifying the resulting boundaries of each voting precinct affected by the action.
             35          (2) (a) The county legislative body shall alter or divide voting precincts so that each
             36      voting precinct contains not more than 1,250 active voters.
             37          (b) The county legislative body shall:
             38          (i) identify those precincts that may reach the limit of active voters in a precinct under
             39      Subsection (2)(a) or that becomes too large to facilitate the election process; and
             40          (ii) divide those precincts on or before January 1, of a general election year.
             41          (3) [The] Notwithstanding Subsection (2)(a), the county legislative body may not:
             42          (a) establish or abolish any voting precinct after January 1 of a regular general election
             43      year; [or]
             44          (b) alter or change the boundaries of any voting precinct after January 1 of a regular
             45      general election year[.]; or
             46          (c) establish, divide, abolish, alter, or change a voting precinct between January 1 of a
             47      year immediately proceeding the year in which an enumeration is required by the United States
             48      Constitution and the day on which the Legislature divides the state into districts in accordance
             49      with Utah Constitution, Article IX, Section 1.
             50          (4) (a) For the purpose of voting in an election, the county legislative body may
             51      establish a common polling place for two or more whole voting precincts.
             52          (b) At least 90 days before the election, the county legislative body shall designate:
             53          (i) the voting precincts that will vote at the common polling place; and
             54          (ii) the location of the common polling place.
             55          (c) A county may use one set of election judges for the common polling place under
             56      this Subsection (4).
             57          (5) Each county shall have at least two polling places open for voting on the date of the
             58      election.

             59          (6) Each common polling place shall have at least one voting device that is accessible
             60      for individuals with disabilities in accordance with Public Law 107-252, the Help America
             61      Vote Act of 2002.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-26-10 4:05 PM

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