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H.B. 33 Enrolled

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ELECTION LAW REVISIONS

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2011 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: R. Curt Webb

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Senate Sponsor: Wayne L. Niederhauser

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends Title 20A, Election Code.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    amends definitions;
             13          .    amends a provision regarding arguments for or against a ballot proposition in the
             14      local voter information pamphlet;
             15          .    modifies the quantity of voter registration forms a county clerk provides to a
             16      political party;
             17          .    amends the deadline for county clerks to change precincts following redistricting;
             18          .    changes the date on which the nominating and recruiting committee may act;
             19          .    directs the lieutenant governor to certify a single county candidate; and
             20          .    makes technical changes.
             21      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          This bill provides an effective date.
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             26      AMENDS:
             27          20A-1-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapters 129, 197, and 254
             28          20A-2-301, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 103
             29          20A-3-104.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 197


             30          20A-4-107, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 197
             31          20A-5-303 (Superseded 03/08/12), as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 71
             32          20A-5-303 (Effective 03/08/12), as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 130
             33          20A-7-402, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 170
             34          20A-9-403, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 225
             35          20A-14-105, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapter 315
             36     
             37      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             38          Section 1. Section 20A-1-102 is amended to read:
             39           20A-1-102. Definitions.
             40          As used in this title:
             41          (1) "Active voter" means a registered voter who has not been classified as an inactive
             42      voter by the county clerk.
             43          (2) "Automatic tabulating equipment" means apparatus that automatically examines
             44      and counts votes recorded on paper ballots or ballot sheets and tabulates the results.
             45          (3) (a) "Ballot" means the storage medium, whether paper, mechanical, or electronic,
             46      upon which a voter records the voter's votes.
             47          (b) "Ballot" includes ballot sheets, paper ballots, electronic ballots, and secrecy
             48      envelopes.
             49          (4) "Ballot sheet":
             50          (a) means a ballot that:
             51          (i) consists of paper or a card where the voter's votes are marked or recorded; and
             52          (ii) can be counted using automatic tabulating equipment; and
             53          (b) includes punch card ballots and other ballots that are machine-countable.
             54          (5) "Ballot label" means the cards, papers, booklet, pages, or other materials that:
             55          (a) contain the names of offices and candidates and statements of ballot propositions to
             56      be voted on; and
             57          (b) are used in conjunction with ballot sheets that do not display that information.


             58          (6) "Ballot proposition" means a question, issue, or proposal that is submitted to voters
             59      on the ballot for their approval or rejection including:
             60          (a) an opinion question specifically authorized by the Legislature;
             61          (b) a constitutional amendment;
             62          (c) an initiative;
             63          (d) a referendum;
             64          (e) a bond proposition;
             65          (f) a judicial retention question; or
             66          (g) any other ballot question specifically authorized by the Legislature.
             67          (7) "Board of canvassers" means the entities established by Sections 20A-4-301 and
             68      20A-4-306 to canvass election returns.
             69          (8) "Bond election" means an election held for the purpose of approving or rejecting
             70      the proposed issuance of bonds by a government entity.
             71          (9) "Book voter registration form" means voter registration forms contained in a bound
             72      book that are used by election officers and registration agents to register persons to vote.
             73          (10) "By-mail voter registration form" means a voter registration form designed to be
             74      completed by the voter and mailed to the election officer.
             75          (11) "Canvass" means the review of election returns and the official declaration of
             76      election results by the board of canvassers.
             77          (12) "Canvassing judge" means a poll worker designated to assist in counting ballots at
             78      the canvass.
             79          (13) "Convention" means the political party convention at which party officers and
             80      delegates are selected.
             81          (14) "Counting center" means one or more locations selected by the election officer in
             82      charge of the election for the automatic counting of ballots.
             83          (15) "Counting judge" means a poll worker designated to count the ballots during
             84      election day.
             85          (16) "Counting poll watcher" means a person selected as provided in Section


             86      20A-3-201 to witness the counting of ballots.
             87          (17) "Counting room" means a suitable and convenient private place or room,
             88      immediately adjoining the place where the election is being held, for use by the poll workers
             89      and counting judges to count ballots during election day.
             90          (18) "County officers" means those county officers that are required by law to be
             91      elected.
             92          (19) "Date of the election" or "election day" or "day of the election":
             93          (a) means the day that is specified in the calendar year as the day that the election
             94      occurs; and
             95          (b) does not include:
             96          (i) deadlines established for absentee voting; or
             97          (ii) any early voting or early voting period as provided under Chapter 3, Part 6, Early
             98      Voting.
             99          (20) "Election" means a regular general election, a municipal general election, a
             100      statewide special election, a local special election, a regular primary election, a municipal
             101      primary election, and a local district election.
             102          (21) "Election Assistance Commission" means the commission established by Public
             103      Law 107-252, the Help America Vote Act of 2002.
             104          (22) "Election cycle" means the period beginning on the first day persons are eligible to
             105      file declarations of candidacy and ending when the canvass is completed.
             106          (23) "Election judge" means a poll worker that is assigned to:
             107          (a) preside over other poll workers at a polling place;
             108          (b) act as the presiding election judge; or
             109          (c) serve as a canvassing judge, counting judge, or receiving judge.
             110          (24) "Election officer" means:
             111          (a) the lieutenant governor, for all statewide ballots;
             112          (b) the county clerk or clerks for all county ballots and for certain ballots and elections
             113      as provided in Section 20A-5-400.5 ;


             114          (c) the municipal clerk for all municipal ballots and for certain ballots and elections as
             115      provided in Section 20A-5-400.5 ;
             116          (d) the local district clerk or chief executive officer for certain ballots and elections as
             117      provided in Section 20A-5-400.5 ; and
             118          (e) the business administrator or superintendent of a school district for certain ballots
             119      or elections as provided in Section 20A-5-400.5 .
             120          (25) "Election official" means any election officer, election judge, or poll worker.
             121          (26) "Election results" means[,]:
             122          (a) for an election other than a bond election, the count of votes cast in the election and
             123      the election returns requested by the board of canvassers; or
             124          (b) for bond elections, the count of those votes cast for and against the bond
             125      proposition plus any or all of the election returns that the board of canvassers may request.
             126          (27) "Election returns" includes the pollbook, all affidavits of registration, the military
             127      and overseas absentee voter registration and voting certificates, one of the tally sheets, any
             128      unprocessed absentee ballots, all counted ballots, all excess ballots, all unused ballots, all
             129      spoiled ballots, the ballot disposition form, and the total votes cast form.
             130          (28) "Electronic ballot" means a ballot that is recorded using a direct electronic voting
             131      device or other voting device that records and stores ballot information by electronic means.
             132          (29) (a) "Electronic voting device" means a voting device that uses electronic ballots.
             133          (b) "Electronic voting device" includes a direct recording electronic voting device.
             134          (30) "Inactive voter" means a registered voter who has:
             135          (a) been sent the notice required by Section 20A-2-306 ; and
             136          (b) failed to respond to that notice.
             137          (31) "Inspecting poll watcher" means a person selected as provided in this title to
             138      witness the receipt and safe deposit of voted and counted ballots.
             139          (32) "Judicial office" means the office filled by any judicial officer.
             140          (33) "Judicial officer" means any justice or judge of a court of record or any county
             141      court judge.


             142          (34) "Local district" means a local government entity under Title 17B, Limited Purpose
             143      Local Government Entities - Local Districts, and includes a special service district under Title
             144      17D, Chapter 1, Special Service District Act.
             145          (35) "Local district officers" means those local district officers that are required by law
             146      to be elected.
             147          (36) "Local election" means a regular municipal election, a local special election, a
             148      local district election, and a bond election.
             149          (37) "Local political subdivision" means a county, a municipality, a local district, or a
             150      local school district.
             151          (38) "Local special election" means a special election called by the governing body of a
             152      local political subdivision in which all registered voters of the local political subdivision may
             153      vote.
             154          (39) "Municipal executive" means:
             155          (a) the mayor in the council-mayor form of government defined in Section 10-3b-102 ;
             156      or
             157          (b) the mayor in the council-manager form of government defined in Subsection
             158      10-3b-103 (6).
             159          (40) "Municipal general election" means the election held in municipalities and local
             160      districts on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each odd-numbered year
             161      for the purposes established in Section 20A-1-202 .
             162          (41) "Municipal legislative body" means the council of the city or town in any form of
             163      municipal government.
             164          (42) "Municipal officers" means those municipal officers that are required by law to be
             165      elected.
             166          (43) "Municipal primary election" means an election held to nominate candidates for
             167      municipal office.
             168          (44) "Official ballot" means the ballots distributed by the election officer to the poll
             169      workers to be given to voters to record their votes.


             170          (45) "Official endorsement" means:
             171          (a) the information on the ballot that identifies:
             172          (i) the ballot as an official ballot;
             173          (ii) the date of the election; and
             174          (iii) the facsimile signature of the election officer; and
             175          (b) the information on the ballot stub that identifies:
             176          (i) the poll worker's initials; and
             177          (ii) the ballot number.
             178          (46) "Official register" means the official record furnished to election officials by the
             179      election officer that contains the information required by Section 20A-5-401 .
             180          (47) "Paper ballot" means a paper that contains:
             181          (a) the names of offices and candidates and statements of ballot propositions to be
             182      voted on; and
             183          (b) spaces for the voter to record the voter's vote for each office and for or against each
             184      ballot proposition.
             185          (48) "Political party" means an organization of registered voters that has qualified to
             186      participate in an election by meeting the requirements of Chapter 8, Political Party Formation
             187      and Procedures.
             188          (49) (a) "Poll worker" means a person assigned by an election official to assist with an
             189      election, voting, or counting votes.
             190          (b) "Poll worker" includes election judges.
             191          (c) "Poll worker" does not include a watcher.
             192          (50) "Pollbook" means a record of the names of voters in the order that they appear to
             193      cast votes.
             194          (51) "Polling place" means the building where voting is conducted.
             195          (52) "Position" means a square, circle, rectangle, or other geometric shape on a ballot
             196      in which the voter marks the voter's choice.
             197          (53) "Provisional ballot" means a ballot voted provisionally by a person:


             198          (a) whose name is not listed on the official register at the polling place;
             199          (b) whose legal right to vote is challenged as provided in this title; or
             200          (c) whose identity was not sufficiently established by a poll worker.
             201          (54) "Provisional ballot envelope" means an envelope printed in the form required by
             202      Section 20A-6-105 that is used to identify provisional ballots and to provide information to
             203      verify a person's legal right to vote.
             204          (55) "Primary convention" means the political party conventions at which nominees for
             205      the regular primary election are selected.
             206          (56) "Protective counter" means a separate counter, which cannot be reset, that:
             207          (a) is built into a voting machine; and
             208          (b) records the total number of movements of the operating lever.
             209          (57) "Qualify" or "qualified" means to take the oath of office and begin performing the
             210      duties of the position for which the person was elected.
             211          (58) "Receiving judge" means the poll worker that checks the voter's name in the
             212      official register, provides the voter with a ballot, and removes the ballot stub from the ballot
             213      after the voter has voted.
             214          (59) "Registration form" means a book voter registration form and a by-mail voter
             215      registration form.
             216          (60) "Regular ballot" means a ballot that is not a provisional ballot.
             217          (61) "Regular general election" means the election held throughout the state on the first
             218      Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year for the purposes
             219      established in Section 20A-1-201 .
             220          (62) "Regular primary election" means the election on the fourth Tuesday of June of
             221      each even-numbered year, to nominate candidates of political parties and nonpolitical groups to
             222      advance to the regular general election.
             223          (63) "Resident" means a person who resides within a specific voting precinct in Utah.
             224          (64) "Sample ballot" means a mock ballot similar in form to the official ballot printed
             225      and distributed as provided in Section 20A-5-405 .


             226          (65) "Scratch vote" means to mark or punch the straight party ticket and then mark or
             227      punch the ballot for one or more candidates who are members of different political parties.
             228          (66) "Secrecy envelope" means the envelope given to a voter along with the ballot into
             229      which the voter places the ballot after the voter has voted it in order to preserve the secrecy of
             230      the voter's vote.
             231          (67) "Special election" means an election held as authorized by Section 20A-1-204 .
             232          (68) "Spoiled ballot" means each ballot that:
             233          (a) is spoiled by the voter;
             234          (b) is unable to be voted because it was spoiled by the printer or a poll worker; or
             235          (c) lacks the official endorsement.
             236          (69) "Statewide special election" means a special election called by the governor or the
             237      Legislature in which all registered voters in Utah may vote.
             238          (70) "Stub" means the detachable part of each ballot.
             239          (71) "Substitute ballots" means replacement ballots provided by an election officer to
             240      the poll workers when the official ballots are lost or stolen.
             241          (72) "Ticket" means each list of candidates for each political party or for each group of
             242      petitioners.
             243          (73) "Transfer case" means the sealed box used to transport voted ballots to the
             244      counting center.
             245          (74) "Vacancy" means the absence of a person to serve in any position created by
             246      statute, whether that absence occurs because of death, disability, disqualification, resignation,
             247      or other cause.
             248          (75) "Valid voter identification" means:
             249          (a) a form of identification that bears the name and photograph of the voter which may
             250      include:
             251          (i) a currently valid Utah driver license;
             252          (ii) a currently valid identification card that is issued by:
             253          (A) the state; or


             254          (B) a branch, department, or agency of the United States;
             255          (iii) a currently valid Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon;
             256          (iv) a currently valid United States passport; or
             257          (v) a currently valid United States military identification card;
             258          (b) one of the following identification cards, whether or not the card includes a
             259      photograph of the voter:
             260          (i) a valid tribal identification card;
             261          (ii) a Bureau of Indian Affairs card; or
             262          (iii) a tribal treaty card; or
             263          (c) two forms of identification not listed under Subsection (75)(a) or (b) but that bear
             264      the name of the voter and provide evidence that the voter resides in the voting precinct, which
             265      may include:
             266          (i) a current utility bill or a legible copy thereof, dated within the 90 days before the
             267      election;
             268          (ii) a bank or other financial account statement, or a legible copy thereof;
             269          (iii) a certified birth certificate;
             270          (iv) a valid Social Security card;
             271          (v) a check issued by the state or the federal government or a legible copy thereof;
             272          (vi) a paycheck from the voter's employer, or a legible copy thereof;
             273          (vii) a currently valid Utah hunting or fishing license;
             274          (viii) certified naturalization documentation;
             275          (ix) a currently valid license issued by an authorized agency of the United States;
             276          (x) a certified copy of court records showing the voter's adoption or name change;
             277          (xi) a valid Medicaid card, Medicare card, or Electronic Benefits Transfer Card;
             278          (xii) a currently valid identification card issued by:
             279          (A) a local government within the state;
             280          (B) an employer for an employee; or
             281          (C) a college, university, technical school, or professional school located within the


             282      state; or
             283          (xiii) a current Utah vehicle registration.
             284          (76) "Valid write-in candidate" means a candidate who has qualified as a write-in
             285      candidate by following the procedures and requirements of this title.
             286          (77) "Voter" means a person who:
             287          (a) meets the requirements for voting in an election;
             288          (b) meets the requirements of election registration;
             289          (c) is registered to vote; and
             290          (d) is listed in the official register book.
             291          (78) "Voter registration deadline" means the registration deadline provided in Section
             292      20A-2-102.5 .
             293          (79) "Voting area" means the area within six feet of the voting booths, voting
             294      machines, and ballot box.
             295          (80) "Voting booth" means:
             296          (a) the space or compartment within a polling place that is provided for the preparation
             297      of ballots, including the voting machine enclosure or curtain; or
             298          (b) a voting device that is free standing.
             299          (81) "Voting device" means:
             300          (a) an apparatus in which ballot sheets are used in connection with a punch device for
             301      piercing the ballots by the voter;
             302          (b) a device for marking the ballots with ink or another substance;
             303          (c) an electronic voting device or other device used to make selections and cast a ballot
             304      electronically, or any component thereof;
             305          (d) an automated voting system under Section 20A-5-302 ; or
             306          (e) any other method for recording votes on ballots so that the ballot may be tabulated
             307      by means of automatic tabulating equipment.
             308          (82) "Voting machine" means a machine designed for the sole purpose of recording
             309      and tabulating votes cast by voters at an election.


             310          (83) "Voting poll watcher" means a person appointed as provided in this title to
             311      witness the distribution of ballots and the voting process.
             312          (84) "Voting precinct" means the smallest voting unit established as provided by law
             313      within which qualified voters vote at one polling place.
             314          (85) "Watcher" means a voting poll watcher, a counting poll watcher, an inspecting
             315      poll watcher, and a testing watcher.
             316          (86) "Western States Presidential Primary" means the election established in Title 20A,
             317      Chapter 9, Part 8.
             318          (87) "Write-in ballot" means a ballot containing any write-in votes.
             319          (88) "Write-in vote" means a vote cast for a person whose name is not printed on the
             320      ballot according to the procedures established in this title.
             321          Section 2. Section 20A-2-301 is amended to read:
             322           20A-2-301. County clerk responsibilities -- Voter registration forms.
             323          (1) Each county clerk shall provide book voter registration forms and by-mail voter
             324      registration forms for use in the voter registration process.
             325          (2) (a) Each county clerk shall:
             326          (i) designate certain offices within the county to provide by-mail voter registration
             327      forms to the public; and
             328          (ii) provide by-mail voter registration forms to each public assistance agency and
             329      discretionary voter registration agency.
             330          (b) Each county clerk may provide copies of by-mail voter registration forms to public
             331      school districts and nonpublic schools as provided in Section 20A-2-302 .
             332          (3) [(a)] Each regular general election year, the county clerk shall [make] provide
             333      by-mail voter registration forms [available] to the political parties [as provided in this
             334      Subsection (3)] in a quantity requested by the political parties, as needed.
             335          [(b) The county clerk shall set aside by-mail registration forms equal to 10% of the
             336      number of registered voters in the county as of January 1 of that regular general election year
             337      for allocation to political parties.]


             338          [(c) The forms shall be allocated to the respective political parties in each county as
             339      follows:]
             340          [(i) Ninety percent of the forms shall be made available on an equal basis to all parties
             341      who had any candidate who polled 10% or more of the vote for any partisan office in the last
             342      regular general election.]
             343          [(ii) Ten percent of the forms shall be made available on an equal basis to all other
             344      parties who qualify for a position on the ballot for the next regular general election.]
             345          (4) Candidates, parties, organizations, and interested persons may purchase by-mail
             346      voter registration forms from the county clerk or from the printer.
             347          (5) (a) The clerk shall make book voter registration forms available to interested
             348      organizations in lots of 250, to be replaced when each lot of 200 is returned to the county clerk.
             349          (b) Interested organizations that receive book voter registration forms from the county
             350      clerk shall return them to the county clerk on or before the voter registration deadline.
             351          (6) The county clerk may not refuse to register any person to vote for failing to provide
             352      a telephone number on the voter registration form.
             353          (7) (a) It is unlawful for any person to willfully fail or refuse to deliver completed voter
             354      registration forms, obtained as provided in this section, to the county clerk.
             355          (b) A person who violates this Subsection (7) is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
             356          Section 3. Section 20A-3-104.5 is amended to read:
             357           20A-3-104.5. Voting -- Regular primary election and Western States Presidential
             358      Primary.
             359          (1) (a) Any registered voter desiring to vote at the regular primary election or Utah's
             360      Western States Presidential Primary shall give the voter's name, the name of the registered
             361      political party whose ballot the voter wishes to vote, and, if requested, the voter's residence, to
             362      one of the poll workers.
             363          (b) The voter shall present valid voter identification to one of the poll workers.
             364          (c) (i) The poll worker shall follow the procedures and requirements of Section
             365      20A-3-105.5 if:


             366          (A) the poll worker is not satisfied that the voter presented valid voter identification; or
             367          (B) the voter's right to vote is challenged under Section 20A-3-202 .
             368          (ii) The poll worker shall notify a voter casting a provisional ballot under Section
             369      20A-3-105.5 because of failure to present valid voter identification that the voter has until the
             370      close of normal office hours on Monday after the day of the election to:
             371          (A) present valid voter identification to the county clerk at the county clerk's office; or
             372          (B) an election officer who is administering the election.
             373          (2) (a) (i) If the voter is properly identified, the poll worker in charge of the official
             374      register shall check the official register to determine:
             375          (A) whether or not the person is registered to vote; and
             376          (B) whether or not the voter's party affiliation designation in the official register allows
             377      the voter to vote the ballot that the voter requested.
             378          (ii) If the official register does not affirmatively identify the voter as being affiliated
             379      with a registered political party or if the official register identifies the voter as being
             380      "unaffiliated," the voter shall be considered to be "unaffiliated."
             381          (b) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(b)(ii), if the voter's name is not found on
             382      the official register, the poll worker shall follow the procedures and requirements of Section
             383      20A-3-105.5 .
             384          (ii) (A) If it is not unduly disruptive of the election process, the poll worker shall
             385      attempt to contact the county clerk's office to request oral verification of the voter's registration.
             386          (B) If oral verification is received from the county clerk's office, the poll worker shall:
             387          (I) record the verification on the official register;
             388          (II) determine the voter's party affiliation and the ballot that the voter is qualified to
             389      vote; and
             390          (III) perform the other administrative steps required by Subsection (3).
             391          (c) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(c)(ii), if the voter's political party
             392      affiliation listed in the official register does not allow the voter to vote the ballot that the voter
             393      requested, the poll worker shall inform the voter of that fact and inform the voter of the ballot


             394      or ballots that the voter's party affiliation does allow the voter to vote.
             395          (ii) (A) If the voter is listed in the official register as "unaffiliated," or if the official
             396      register does not affirmatively identify the voter as either "unaffiliated" or affiliated with a
             397      registered political party, and the voter, as an "unaffiliated" voter, is not authorized to vote the
             398      ballot that the voter requests, the poll worker shall ask the voter if the voter wishes to vote
             399      another registered political party ballot that the voter, as "unaffiliated," is authorized to vote, or
             400      remain "unaffiliated."
             401          (B) If the voter wishes to vote another registered political party ballot that the
             402      unaffiliated voter is authorized to vote, the poll worker shall proceed as required by Subsection
             403      (3).
             404          (C) If the voter wishes to remain unaffiliated and does not wish to vote another ballot
             405      that unaffiliated voters are authorized to vote, the poll worker shall instruct the voter that the
             406      voter may not vote.
             407          [(iii) For the primary elections held in 2004, 2006, and 2008 only:]
             408          [(A) If the voter is listed in the official register as "unaffiliated," or if the official
             409      register does not affirmatively identify the voter as either "unaffiliated" or "affiliated" with a
             410      registered political party, the poll worker shall ask the voter if the voter wishes to affiliate with
             411      a registered political party, or remain "unaffiliated."]
             412          [(B) If the voter wishes to affiliate with the registered political party whose ballot the
             413      voter requested, the poll worker shall direct the voter to complete the change of party affiliation
             414      form and proceed as required by Subsection (3).]
             415          [(C) If the voter wishes to remain unaffiliated and wishes to vote another registered
             416      political party ballot that the unaffiliated voter is authorized to vote, the poll worker shall
             417      proceed as required by Subsection (3).]
             418          [(D) If the voter wishes to remain unaffiliated and does not wish to vote another ballot
             419      that unaffiliated voters are authorized to vote, the poll worker shall instruct the voter that the
             420      voter may not vote.]
             421          (3) If the poll worker determines that the voter is registered and eligible, under


             422      Subsection (2), to vote the ballot that the voter requested and:
             423          (a) if the ballot is a paper ballot or a ballot sheet:
             424          (i) the poll worker in charge of the official register shall:
             425          (A) write the ballot number and the name of the registered political party whose ballot
             426      the voter voted opposite the name of the voter in the official register; and
             427          (B) direct the voter to sign the voter's name in the election column in the official
             428      register;
             429          (ii) another poll worker shall list the ballot number and voter's name in the pollbook;
             430      and
             431          (iii) the poll worker having charge of the ballots shall:
             432          (A) endorse the voter's initials on the stub;
             433          (B) check the name of the voter on the pollbook list with the number of the stub;
             434          (C) hand the voter the ballot for the registered political party that the voter requested
             435      and for which the voter is authorized to vote; and
             436          (D) allow the voter to enter the voting booth; or
             437          (b) if the ballot is an electronic ballot:
             438          (i) the poll worker in charge of the official register shall direct the voter to sign the
             439      voter's name in the official register;
             440          (ii) another poll worker shall list the voter's name in the pollbook; and
             441          (iii) the poll worker having charge of the ballots shall:
             442          (A) provide the voter access to the electronic ballot for the registered political party
             443      that the voter requested and for which the voter is authorized to vote; and
             444          (B) allow the voter to vote the electronic ballot.
             445          (4) Whenever the election officer is required to furnish more than one kind of official
             446      ballot to the voting precinct, the poll workers of that voting precinct shall give the registered
             447      voter the kind of ballot that the voter is qualified to vote.
             448          Section 4. Section 20A-4-107 is amended to read:
             449           20A-4-107. Review and disposition of provisional ballot envelopes.


             450          (1) As used in this section, a [voter] person is "legally entitled to vote" if:
             451          (a) the [voter] person:
             452          (i) is registered to vote in the state;
             453          (ii) resides within the voting precinct where the [voter] person seeks to vote; and
             454          (iii) provided valid voter identification to the poll worker as indicated by a notation in
             455      the official register;
             456          (b) the [voter] person:
             457          (i) is registered to vote in the state;
             458          (ii) (A) provided valid voter identification to the poll worker as indicated by a notation
             459      in the official register; or
             460          (B) either failed to provide valid voter identification or the documents provided as
             461      valid voter identification were inadequate and the poll worker recorded that fact in the official
             462      register but the county clerk verifies the [voter's] person's identity and residence through some
             463      other means; and
             464          (iii) did not vote in the [voter's] person's precinct of residence, but the ballot that the
             465      [voter] person voted is identical to the ballot voted in the [voter's] person's precinct of
             466      residence; or
             467          (c) the [voter] person:
             468          (i) is registered to vote in the state;
             469          (ii) either failed to provide valid voter identification or the documents provided as
             470      valid voter identification were inadequate and the poll worker recorded that fact in the official
             471      register; and
             472          (iii) (A) the county clerk verifies the [voter's] person's identity and residence through
             473      some other means as reliable as photo identification; or
             474          (B) the [voter] person provides valid voter identification to the county clerk or an
             475      election officer who is administering the election by the close of normal office hours on
             476      Monday after the date of the election.
             477          (2) (a) Upon receipt of provisional ballot envelopes, the election officer shall review


             478      the affirmation on the face of each provisional ballot envelope and determine if the person
             479      signing the affirmation is [a registered voter] registered to vote in this state and legally entitled
             480      to vote the ballot that the [voter] person voted.
             481          (b) If the election officer determines that the person is not [a registered voter]
             482      registered to vote in this state or is not legally entitled to vote the ballot that the [voter] person
             483      voted, the election officer shall retain the ballot envelope, unopened, for the period specified in
             484      Section 20A-4-202 unless ordered by a court to produce or count it.
             485          (c) If the election officer determines that the person is [a registered voter] registered to
             486      vote in this state and is legally entitled to vote the ballot that the [voter] person voted, the
             487      election officer shall remove the ballot from the provisional ballot envelope and place the
             488      ballot with the absentee ballots to be counted with those ballots at the canvass.
             489          (d) The election officer may not count, or allow to be counted a provisional ballot
             490      unless the [voter's] person's identity and residence is established by a preponderance of the
             491      evidence.
             492          (3) If the election officer determines that the person is [a registered voter] registered to
             493      vote in this state, the election officer shall ensure that the voter registration records are updated
             494      to reflect the information provided on the provisional ballot envelope.
             495          (4) If the election officer determines that the person is not [a registered voter]
             496      registered to vote in this state and the information on the provisional ballot envelope is
             497      complete, the election officer shall:
             498          (a) consider the provisional ballot envelope a voter registration form; and
             499          (b) register the [voter] person.
             500          Section 5. Section 20A-5-303 (Superseded 03/08/12) is amended to read:
             501           20A-5-303 (Superseded 03/08/12). Establishing, dividing, abolishing, and
             502      changing voting precincts -- Common polling places -- Combined voting precincts.
             503          (1) (a) After receiving recommendations from the county clerk, the county legislative
             504      body may establish, divide, abolish, and change voting precincts.
             505          (b) Within 30 days after the establishment, division, abolition, or change of a voting


             506      precinct under this section, the county legislative body shall file with the Automated
             507      Geographic Reference Center, created under Section 63F-1-506 , a notice describing the action
             508      taken and specifying the resulting boundaries of each voting precinct affected by the action.
             509          (2) (a) The county legislative body shall alter or divide voting precincts so that each
             510      voting precinct contains not more than 1,250 active voters.
             511          (b) The county legislative body shall:
             512          (i) identify those precincts that may reach the limit of active voters in a precinct under
             513      Subsection (2)(a) or that becomes too large to facilitate the election process; and
             514          (ii) except as provided in Subsection (3), divide those precincts on or before January
             515      1[,] of a general election year.
             516          (3) A county legislative body shall divide a precinct identified under Subsection
             517      (2)(b)(i) on or before January 31 of a regular general election year that immediately follows the
             518      calendar year in which the Legislature divides the state into districts in accordance with Utah
             519      Constitution, Article IX, Section 1.
             520          [(3) The] (4) Except as provided in Subsection (5), the county legislative body may
             521      not:
             522          (a) establish or abolish any voting precinct after January 1 of a regular general election
             523      year; or
             524          (b) alter or change the boundaries of any voting precinct after January 1 of a regular
             525      general election year.
             526          (5) A county legislative body may establish, divide, abolish, alter, or change a voting
             527      precinct on or before January 31 of a regular general election year that immediately follows the
             528      calendar year in which the Legislature divides the state into districts in accordance with Utah
             529      Constitution, Article IX, Section 1.
             530          [(4)] (6) (a) For the purpose of voting in an election, the county legislative body may
             531      establish a common polling place for two or more whole voting precincts.
             532          (b) At least 90 days before the election, the county legislative body shall designate:
             533          (i) the voting precincts that will vote at the common polling place; and


             534          (ii) the location of the common polling place.
             535          (c) A county may use one set of election judges for the common polling place under
             536      this Subsection [(4)] (6).
             537          [(5)] (7) Each county shall have at least two polling places open for voting on the date
             538      of the election.
             539          [(6)] (8) Each common polling place shall have at least one voting device that is
             540      accessible for individuals with disabilities in accordance with Public Law 107-252, the Help
             541      America Vote Act of 2002.
             542          Section 6. Section 20A-5-303 (Effective 03/08/12) is amended to read:
             543           20A-5-303 (Effective 03/08/12). Establishing, dividing, abolishing, and changing
             544      voting precincts -- Common polling places -- Combined voting precincts.
             545          (1) (a) After receiving recommendations from the county clerk, the county legislative
             546      body may establish, divide, abolish, and change voting precincts.
             547          (b) Within 30 days after the establishment, division, abolition, or change of a voting
             548      precinct under this section, the county legislative body shall file with the Automated
             549      Geographic Reference Center, created under Section 63F-1-506 , a notice describing the action
             550      taken and specifying the resulting boundaries of each voting precinct affected by the action.
             551          (2) (a) The county legislative body shall alter or divide voting precincts so that each
             552      voting precinct contains not more than 1,250 active voters.
             553          (b) The county legislative body shall:
             554          (i) identify those precincts that may reach the limit of active voters in a precinct under
             555      Subsection (2)(a) or that becomes too large to facilitate the election process; and
             556          (ii) except as provided by Subsection (3), divide those precincts on or before January
             557      1[,] of a general election year.
             558          (3) A county legislative body shall divide a precinct identified under Subsection
             559      (2)(b)(i) on or before January 31 of a regular general election year that immediately follows the
             560      calendar year in which the Legislature divides the state into districts in accordance with Utah
             561      Constitution, Article IX, Section 1.


             562          [(3)] (4) Notwithstanding Subsection (2)(a) and except as provided by Subsection (5),
             563      the county legislative body may not:
             564          (a) establish or abolish any voting precinct after January 1 of a regular general election
             565      year;
             566          (b) alter or change the boundaries of any voting precinct after January 1 of a regular
             567      general election year; or
             568          (c) establish, divide, abolish, alter, or change a voting precinct between January 1 of a
             569      year immediately preceding the year in which an enumeration is required by the United States
             570      Constitution and the day on which the Legislature divides the state into districts in accordance
             571      with Utah Constitution, Article IX, Section 1.
             572          (5) A county legislative body may establish, divide, abolish, alter, or change a voting
             573      precinct on or before January 31 of a regular general election year that immediately follows the
             574      calendar year in which the Legislature divides the state into districts in accordance with Utah
             575      Constitution, Article IX, Section 1.
             576          [(4)] (6) (a) For the purpose of voting in an election, the county legislative body may
             577      establish a common polling place for two or more whole voting precincts.
             578          (b) At least 90 days before the election, the county legislative body shall designate:
             579          (i) the voting precincts that will vote at the common polling place; and
             580          (ii) the location of the common polling place.
             581          (c) A county may use one set of election judges for the common polling place under
             582      this Subsection [(4)] (6).
             583          [(5)] (7) Each county shall have at least two polling places open for voting on the date
             584      of the election.
             585          [(6)] (8) Each common polling place shall have at least one voting device that is
             586      accessible for individuals with disabilities in accordance with Public Law 107-252, the Help
             587      America Vote Act of 2002.
             588          Section 7. Section 20A-7-402 is amended to read:
             589           20A-7-402. Local voter information pamphlet -- Contents -- Limitations _


             590      Preparation -- Statement on front cover.
             591          (1) The county or municipality that is the subject of [an initiative, referendum, or other]
             592      a ballot proposition shall prepare a local voter information pamphlet that meets the
             593      requirements of this part.
             594          (2) (a) The arguments for and against [initiatives and referenda] a ballot proposition
             595      shall conform to the requirements of this section.
             596          (i) [Persons wishing to] To prepare arguments for [and] or against [an initiative,
             597      referendum, or other] a ballot proposition, a person shall file a request with the local legislative
             598      body at least 50 days before the election at which the [proposed measure] ballot proposition is
             599      to be voted upon.
             600          (ii) If more than one person [or group] requests the opportunity to prepare arguments
             601      for or against [any measure] a ballot proposition, the governing body shall make the final
             602      designation according to the following criteria:
             603          (A) sponsors have priority in [making the] preparing an argument [for a measure]
             604      regarding a ballot proposition; and
             605          (B) members of the local legislative body have priority over others.
             606          [(iii) The arguments in favor of the measure shall be prepared by the sponsors,
             607      whether of the local legislative body or of a voter or voter group, but not more than five names
             608      shall appear as sponsors.]
             609          [(iv) The arguments against the measure shall be prepared by opponents from among
             610      the local legislative body, if any, or from among voters requesting permission of the local
             611      legislative body to prepare these arguments.]
             612          (iii) (A) Except as provided by Subsection (2)(a)(iv), a sponsor of a ballot proposition
             613      may prepare an argument in favor of the ballot proposition.
             614          (B) Except as provided by Subsection (2)(a)(iv), a person opposed to the ballot
             615      proposition who submits a request under Subsection (2)(a)(i) may prepare an argument against
             616      the ballot proposition.
             617          (iv) (A) For a referendum, a person who is in favor of a law that is referred to the


             618      voters and who submits a request under Subsection (2)(a)(i) may prepare an argument for
             619      adoption of the law.
             620          (B) The sponsors of a referendum may prepare an argument against the adoption of a
             621      law that is referred to the voters.
             622          (v) The arguments may not:
             623          (A) exceed 500 words in length[.]; or
             624          (B) list more than five names as sponsors.
             625          (vi) The arguments supporting and opposing any county or municipal [measure] ballot
             626      proposition shall be filed with the local clerk not less than 45 days before the election at which
             627      they are to be voted upon.
             628          (b) The local voter information pamphlet shall include a copy of the initial fiscal
             629      impact estimate prepared for each initiative under Section 20A-7-502.5 .
             630          (3) (a) In preparing the local voter information pamphlet, the local legislative body
             631      shall:
             632          (i) ensure that the arguments are printed on the same sheet of paper upon which the
             633      [proposed measure] ballot proposition is also printed;
             634          (ii) ensure that the following statement is printed on the front cover or the heading of
             635      the first page of the printed arguments:
             636          "The arguments for or against [the proposed measure(s)] a ballot proposition are the
             637      opinions of the authors.";
             638          (iii) pay for the printing and binding of the local voter information pamphlet; and
             639          (iv) ensure that the local clerk distributes the pamphlets either by mail or carrier not
             640      less than eight days before the election at which the [measures] ballot propositions are to be
             641      voted upon.
             642          (b) (i) If the proposed measure exceeds 500 words in length, the local legislative body
             643      may direct the local clerk to summarize the measure in 500 words or less.
             644          (ii) The summary shall state where a complete copy of the [measure] ballot proposition
             645      is available for public review.


             646          Section 8. Section 20A-9-403 is amended to read:
             647           20A-9-403. Regular primary elections.
             648          (1) (a) The fourth Tuesday of June of each even-numbered year is designated as regular
             649      primary election day.
             650          (b) Each registered political party that chooses to use the primary election process to
             651      nominate some or all of its candidates shall comply with the requirements of this section.
             652          (2) (a) As a condition for using the state's election system, each registered political
             653      party that wishes to participate in the primary election shall:
             654          (i) declare their intent to participate in the primary election;
             655          (ii) identify one or more registered political parties whose members may vote for the
             656      registered political party's candidates and whether or not persons identified as unaffiliated with
             657      a political party may vote for the registered political party's candidates; and
             658          (iii) certify that information to the lieutenant governor no later than 5 p.m. on March 1
             659      of each even-numbered year.
             660          (b) As a condition for using the state's election system, each registered political party
             661      that wishes to participate in the primary election shall:
             662          (i) certify the name and office of all of the registered political party's candidates to the
             663      lieutenant governor no later than 5 p.m. on May 13 of each even-numbered year; and
             664          (ii) certify the name and office of each of its county candidates to the county clerks by
             665      5 p.m. on May 13 of each even-numbered year.
             666          (c) By 5 p.m. on May 16 of each even-numbered year, the lieutenant governor shall
             667      send the county clerks a certified list of the names of all statewide [or] candidates, multicounty
             668      candidates, or single county candidates that must be printed on the primary ballot.
             669          (d) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(d)(ii), if a registered political party does
             670      not wish to participate in the primary election, it shall submit the names of its county
             671      candidates to the county clerks and the names of all of its candidates to the lieutenant governor
             672      by 5 p.m. on May 30 of each even-numbered year.
             673          (ii) A registered political party's candidates for President and Vice-President of the


             674      United States shall be certified to the lieutenant governor as provided in Subsection
             675      20A-9-202 (4).
             676          (e) Each political party shall certify the names of its presidential and vice-presidential
             677      candidates and presidential electors to the lieutenant governor's office no later than September
             678      8 of each presidential election year.
             679          (3) The county clerk shall:
             680          (a) review the declarations of candidacy filed by candidates for local boards of
             681      education to determine if more than two candidates have filed for the same seat;
             682          (b) place the names of all candidates who have filed a declaration of candidacy for a
             683      local board of education seat on the nonpartisan section of the ballot if more than two
             684      candidates have filed for the same seat; and
             685          (c) conduct a lottery to determine the order of the candidates' names on the ballot.
             686          (4) After the county clerk receives the certified list from a registered political party, the
             687      county clerk shall post or publish a primary election notice in substantially the following form:
             688          "Notice is given that a primary election will be held Tuesday, June ____,
             689      ________(year), to nominate party candidates for the parties and nonpartisan offices listed on
             690      the primary ballot. The polling place for voting precinct ____ is ____. The polls will open at 7
             691      a.m. and continue open until 8 p.m. of the same day. Attest: county clerk".
             692          (5) (a) Candidates receiving the highest number of votes cast for each office at the
             693      regular primary election are nominated by their party or nonpartisan group for that office.
             694          (b) If two or more candidates are to be elected to the office at the regular general
             695      election, those party candidates equal in number to positions to be filled who receive the
             696      highest number of votes at the regular primary election are the nominees of their party for those
             697      positions.
             698          (6) (a) When a tie vote occurs in any primary election for any national, state, or other
             699      office that represents more than one county, the governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney
             700      general shall, at a public meeting called by the governor and in the presence of the candidates
             701      involved, select the nominee by lot cast in whatever manner the governor determines.


             702          (b) When a tie vote occurs in any primary election for any county office, the district
             703      court judges of the district in which the county is located shall, at a public meeting called by
             704      the judges and in the presence of the candidates involved, select the nominee by lot cast in
             705      whatever manner the judges determine.
             706          (7) The expense of providing all ballots, blanks, or other supplies to be used at any
             707      primary election provided for by this section, and all expenses necessarily incurred in the
             708      preparation for or the conduct of that primary election shall be paid out of the treasury of the
             709      county or state, in the same manner as for the regular general elections.
             710          Section 9. Section 20A-14-105 is amended to read:
             711           20A-14-105. Becoming a candidate for membership on the State Board of
             712      Education -- Selection of candidates by the governor -- Ballot placement.
             713          (1) By August 1 of each regular general election year, the governor shall:
             714          (a) for each state board district subject to election in that year, select two candidates for
             715      the State Board of Education from the lists submitted by the state board district nominating and
             716      recruiting committee; and
             717          (b) certify the names of the two candidates from each school board district to the
             718      lieutenant governor.
             719          (2) If the governor fails to select two candidates for a state board district by
             720      [September] August 1, the nominating and recruiting committee shall:
             721          (a) select the two candidates; and
             722          (b) notify the lieutenant governor of its selections by September [15] 8.
             723          (3) The lieutenant governor shall:
             724          (a) conduct a lottery to determine the order of the candidates' names on the ballot; and
             725          (b) certify the names and order of the names to the county clerks for placement on the
             726      nonpartisan section of the ballot.
             727          Section 10. Effective date.
             728          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), this bill takes effect on May 10, 2011.
             729          (2) The amendments to Section 20A-5-303 (Effective 03/08/12) take effect on March


             730      8, 2012.


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