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H.B. 33

             1     

ELECTION LAW REVISIONS

             2     
2011 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: R. Curt Webb

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Wayne L. Niederhauser

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      Committee Note:
             9          The Government Operations and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee
             10      recommended this bill.
             11      General Description:
             12          This bill amends Title 20A, Election Code.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    amends definitions;
             16          .    amends a provision regarding arguments for or against a ballot proposition in the
             17      local voter information pamphlet;
             18          .    modifies the quantity of voter registration forms a county clerk provides to a
             19      political party;
             20          .    amends the deadline for county clerks to change precincts following redistricting;
             21          .    amends the date by which the lieutenant governor is required to certify candidates;
             22          .    changes the date on which the nominating and recruiting committee may act;
             23          .    directs the lieutenant governor to certify a single county candidate; and
             24          .    makes technical changes.
             25      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             26          None
             27      Other Special Clauses:


             28          This bill provides an effective date.
             29      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             30      AMENDS:
             31          20A-1-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapters 129, 197, and 254
             32          20A-2-301, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 103
             33          20A-3-104.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 197
             34          20A-4-107, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 197
             35          20A-5-303 (Superseded 03/08/12), as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 71
             36          20A-5-303 (Effective 03/08/12), as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 130
             37          20A-7-402, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 170
             38          20A-9-403, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 225
             39          20A-14-105, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapter 315
             40     
             41      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             42          Section 1. Section 20A-1-102 is amended to read:
             43           20A-1-102. Definitions.
             44          As used in this title:
             45          (1) "Active voter" means a registered voter who has not been classified as an inactive
             46      voter by the county clerk.
             47          (2) "Automatic tabulating equipment" means apparatus that automatically examines
             48      and counts votes recorded on paper ballots or ballot sheets and tabulates the results.
             49          (3) (a) "Ballot" means the storage medium, whether paper, mechanical, or electronic,
             50      upon which a voter records the voter's votes.
             51          (b) "Ballot" includes ballot sheets, paper ballots, electronic ballots, and secrecy
             52      envelopes.
             53          (4) "Ballot sheet":
             54          (a) means a ballot that:
             55          (i) consists of paper or a card where the voter's votes are marked or recorded; and
             56          (ii) can be counted using automatic tabulating equipment; and
             57          (b) includes punch card ballots and other ballots that are machine-countable.
             58          (5) "Ballot label" means the cards, papers, booklet, pages, or other materials that:


             59          (a) contain the names of offices and candidates and statements of ballot propositions to
             60      be voted on; and
             61          (b) are used in conjunction with ballot sheets that do not display that information.
             62          (6) "Ballot proposition" means a question, issue, or proposal that is submitted to voters
             63      on the ballot for their approval or rejection including:
             64          (a) an opinion question specifically authorized by the Legislature;
             65          (b) a constitutional amendment;
             66          (c) an initiative;
             67          (d) a referendum;
             68          (e) a bond proposition;
             69          (f) a judicial retention question; or
             70          (g) any other ballot question specifically authorized by the Legislature.
             71          (7) "Board of canvassers" means the entities established by Sections 20A-4-301 and
             72      20A-4-306 to canvass election returns.
             73          (8) "Bond election" means an election held for the purpose of approving or rejecting
             74      the proposed issuance of bonds by a government entity.
             75          (9) "Book voter registration form" means voter registration forms contained in a bound
             76      book that are used by election officers and registration agents to register persons to vote.
             77          (10) "By-mail voter registration form" means a voter registration form designed to be
             78      completed by the voter and mailed to the election officer.
             79          (11) "Canvass" means the review of election returns and the official declaration of
             80      election results by the board of canvassers.
             81          (12) "Canvassing judge" means a poll worker designated to assist in counting ballots at
             82      the canvass.
             83          (13) "Convention" means the political party convention at which party officers and
             84      delegates are selected.
             85          (14) "Counting center" means one or more locations selected by the election officer in
             86      charge of the election for the automatic counting of ballots.
             87          (15) "Counting judge" means a poll worker designated to count the ballots during
             88      election day.
             89          (16) "Counting poll watcher" means a person selected as provided in Section


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


             121      provided in Section 20A-5-400.5 ; and
             122          (e) the business administrator or superintendent of a school district for certain ballots
             123      or elections as provided in Section 20A-5-400.5 .
             124          (25) "Election official" means any election officer, election judge, or poll worker.
             125          (26) "Election results" means[,]:
             126          (a) for an election other than a bond election, the count of votes cast in the election and
             127      the election returns requested by the board of canvassers; or
             128          (b) for bond elections, the count of those votes cast for and against the bond
             129      proposition plus any or all of the election returns that the board of canvassers may request.
             130          (27) "Election returns" includes the pollbook, all affidavits of registration, the military
             131      and overseas absentee voter registration and voting certificates, one of the tally sheets, any
             132      unprocessed absentee ballots, all counted ballots, all excess ballots, all unused ballots, all
             133      spoiled ballots, the ballot disposition form, and the total votes cast form.
             134          (28) "Electronic ballot" means a ballot that is recorded using a direct electronic voting
             135      device or other voting device that records and stores ballot information by electronic means.
             136          (29) (a) "Electronic voting device" means a voting device that uses electronic ballots.
             137          (b) "Electronic voting device" includes a direct recording electronic voting device.
             138          (30) "Inactive voter" means a registered voter who has:
             139          (a) been sent the notice required by Section 20A-2-306 ; and
             140          (b) failed to respond to that notice.
             141          (31) "Inspecting poll watcher" means a person selected as provided in this title to
             142      witness the receipt and safe deposit of voted and counted ballots.
             143          (32) "Judicial office" means the office filled by any judicial officer.
             144          (33) "Judicial officer" means any justice or judge of a court of record or any county
             145      court judge.
             146          (34) "Local district" means a local government entity under Title 17B, Limited Purpose
             147      Local Government Entities - Local Districts, and includes a special service district under Title
             148      17D, Chapter 1, Special Service District Act.
             149          (35) "Local district officers" means those local district officers that are required by law
             150      to be elected.
             151          (36) "Local election" means a regular municipal election, a local special election, a


             152      local district election, and a bond election.
             153          (37) "Local political subdivision" means a county, a municipality, a local district, or a
             154      local school district.
             155          (38) "Local special election" means a special election called by the governing body of a
             156      local political subdivision in which all registered voters of the local political subdivision may
             157      vote.
             158          (39) "Municipal executive" means:
             159          (a) the mayor in the council-mayor form of government defined in Section 10-3b-102 ;
             160      or
             161          (b) the mayor in the council-manager form of government defined in Subsection
             162      10-3b-103 (6).
             163          (40) "Municipal general election" means the election held in municipalities and local
             164      districts on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each odd-numbered year
             165      for the purposes established in Section 20A-1-202 .
             166          (41) "Municipal legislative body" means the council of the city or town in any form of
             167      municipal government.
             168          (42) "Municipal officers" means those municipal officers that are required by law to be
             169      elected.
             170          (43) "Municipal primary election" means an election held to nominate candidates for
             171      municipal office.
             172          (44) "Official ballot" means the ballots distributed by the election officer to the poll
             173      workers to be given to voters to record their votes.
             174          (45) "Official endorsement" means:
             175          (a) the information on the ballot that identifies:
             176          (i) the ballot as an official ballot;
             177          (ii) the date of the election; and
             178          (iii) the facsimile signature of the election officer; and
             179          (b) the information on the ballot stub that identifies:
             180          (i) the poll worker's initials; and
             181          (ii) the ballot number.
             182          (46) "Official register" means the official record furnished to election officials by the


             183      election officer that contains the information required by Section 20A-5-401 .
             184          (47) "Paper ballot" means a paper that contains:
             185          (a) the names of offices and candidates and statements of ballot propositions to be
             186      voted on; and
             187          (b) spaces for the voter to record the voter's vote for each office and for or against each
             188      ballot proposition.
             189          (48) "Political party" means an organization of registered voters that has qualified to
             190      participate in an election by meeting the requirements of Chapter 8, Political Party Formation
             191      and Procedures.
             192          (49) (a) "Poll worker" means a person assigned by an election official to assist with an
             193      election, voting, or counting votes.
             194          (b) "Poll worker" includes election judges.
             195          (c) "Poll worker" does not include a watcher.
             196          (50) "Pollbook" means a record of the names of voters in the order that they appear to
             197      cast votes.
             198          (51) "Polling place" means the building where voting is conducted.
             199          (52) "Position" means a square, circle, rectangle, or other geometric shape on a ballot
             200      in which the voter marks the voter's choice.
             201          (53) "Provisional ballot" means a ballot voted provisionally by a person:
             202          (a) whose name is not listed on the official register at the polling place;
             203          (b) whose legal right to vote is challenged as provided in this title; or
             204          (c) whose identity was not sufficiently established by a poll worker.
             205          (54) "Provisional ballot envelope" means an envelope printed in the form required by
             206      Section 20A-6-105 that is used to identify provisional ballots and to provide information to
             207      verify a person's legal right to vote.
             208          (55) "Primary convention" means the political party conventions at which nominees for
             209      the regular primary election are selected.
             210          (56) "Protective counter" means a separate counter, which cannot be reset, that:
             211          (a) is built into a voting machine; and
             212          (b) records the total number of movements of the operating lever.
             213          (57) "Qualify" or "qualified" means to take the oath of office and begin performing the


             214      duties of the position for which the person was elected.
             215          (58) "Receiving judge" means the poll worker that checks the voter's name in the
             216      official register, provides the voter with a ballot, and removes the ballot stub from the ballot
             217      after the voter has voted.
             218          (59) "Registration form" means a book voter registration form and a by-mail voter
             219      registration form.
             220          (60) "Regular ballot" means a ballot that is not a provisional ballot.
             221          (61) "Regular general election" means the election held throughout the state on the first
             222      Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year for the purposes
             223      established in Section 20A-1-201 .
             224          (62) "Regular primary election" means the election on the fourth Tuesday of June of
             225      each even-numbered year, to nominate candidates of political parties and nonpolitical groups to
             226      advance to the regular general election.
             227          (63) "Resident" means a person who resides within a specific voting precinct in Utah.
             228          (64) "Sample ballot" means a mock ballot similar in form to the official ballot printed
             229      and distributed as provided in Section 20A-5-405 .
             230          (65) "Scratch vote" means to mark or punch the straight party ticket and then mark or
             231      punch the ballot for one or more candidates who are members of different political parties.
             232          (66) "Secrecy envelope" means the envelope given to a voter along with the ballot into
             233      which the voter places the ballot after the voter has voted it in order to preserve the secrecy of
             234      the voter's vote.
             235          (67) "Special election" means an election held as authorized by Section 20A-1-204 .
             236          (68) "Spoiled ballot" means each ballot that:
             237          (a) is spoiled by the voter;
             238          (b) is unable to be voted because it was spoiled by the printer or a poll worker; or
             239          (c) lacks the official endorsement.
             240          (69) "Statewide special election" means a special election called by the governor or the
             241      Legislature in which all registered voters in Utah may vote.
             242          (70) "Stub" means the detachable part of each ballot.
             243          (71) "Substitute ballots" means replacement ballots provided by an election officer to
             244      the poll workers when the official ballots are lost or stolen.


             245          (72) "Ticket" means each list of candidates for each political party or for each group of
             246      petitioners.
             247          (73) "Transfer case" means the sealed box used to transport voted ballots to the
             248      counting center.
             249          (74) "Vacancy" means the absence of a person to serve in any position created by
             250      statute, whether that absence occurs because of death, disability, disqualification, resignation,
             251      or other cause.
             252          (75) "Valid voter identification" means:
             253          (a) a form of identification that bears the name and photograph of the voter which may
             254      include:
             255          (i) a currently valid Utah driver license;
             256          (ii) a currently valid identification card that is issued by:
             257          (A) the state; or
             258          (B) a branch, department, or agency of the United States;
             259          (iii) a currently valid Utah permit to carry a concealed weapon;
             260          (iv) a currently valid United States passport; or
             261          (v) a currently valid United States military identification card;
             262          (b) one of the following identification cards, whether or not the card includes a
             263      photograph of the voter:
             264          (i) a valid tribal identification card;
             265          (ii) a Bureau of Indian Affairs card; or
             266          (iii) a tribal treaty card; or
             267          (c) two forms of identification not listed under Subsection (75)(a) or (b) but that bear
             268      the name of the voter and provide evidence that the voter resides in the voting precinct, which
             269      may include:
             270          (i) a current utility bill or a legible copy thereof, dated within the 90 days before the
             271      election;
             272          (ii) a bank or other financial account statement, or a legible copy thereof;
             273          (iii) a certified birth certificate;
             274          (iv) a valid Social Security card;
             275          (v) a check issued by the state or the federal government or a legible copy thereof;


             276          (vi) a paycheck from the voter's employer, or a legible copy thereof;
             277          (vii) a currently valid Utah hunting or fishing license;
             278          (viii) certified naturalization documentation;
             279          (ix) a currently valid license issued by an authorized agency of the United States;
             280          (x) a certified copy of court records showing the voter's adoption or name change;
             281          (xi) a valid Medicaid card, Medicare card, or Electronic Benefits Transfer Card;
             282          (xii) a currently valid identification card issued by:
             283          (A) a local government within the state;
             284          (B) an employer for an employee; or
             285          (C) a college, university, technical school, or professional school located within the
             286      state; or
             287          (xiii) a current Utah vehicle registration.
             288          (76) "Valid write-in candidate" means a candidate who has qualified as a write-in
             289      candidate by following the procedures and requirements of this title.
             290          (77) "Voter" means a person who:
             291          (a) meets the requirements for voting in an election;
             292          (b) meets the requirements of election registration;
             293          (c) is registered to vote; and
             294          (d) is listed in the official register book.
             295          (78) "Voter registration deadline" means the registration deadline provided in Section
             296      20A-2-102.5 .
             297          (79) "Voting area" means the area within six feet of the voting booths, voting
             298      machines, and ballot box.
             299          (80) "Voting booth" means:
             300          (a) the space or compartment within a polling place that is provided for the preparation
             301      of ballots, including the voting machine enclosure or curtain; or
             302          (b) a voting device that is free standing.
             303          (81) "Voting device" means:
             304          (a) an apparatus in which ballot sheets are used in connection with a punch device for
             305      piercing the ballots by the voter;
             306          (b) a device for marking the ballots with ink or another substance;


             307          (c) an electronic voting device or other device used to make selections and cast a ballot
             308      electronically, or any component thereof;
             309          (d) an automated voting system under Section 20A-5-302 ; or
             310          (e) any other method for recording votes on ballots so that the ballot may be tabulated
             311      by means of automatic tabulating equipment.
             312          (82) "Voting machine" means a machine designed for the sole purpose of recording
             313      and tabulating votes cast by voters at an election.
             314          (83) "Voting poll watcher" means a person appointed as provided in this title to
             315      witness the distribution of ballots and the voting process.
             316          (84) "Voting precinct" means the smallest voting unit established as provided by law
             317      within which qualified voters vote at one polling place.
             318          (85) "Watcher" means a voting poll watcher, a counting poll watcher, an inspecting
             319      poll watcher, and a testing watcher.
             320          (86) "Western States Presidential Primary" means the election established in Title 20A,
             321      Chapter 9, Part 8.
             322          (87) "Write-in ballot" means a ballot containing any write-in votes.
             323          (88) "Write-in vote" means a vote cast for a person whose name is not printed on the
             324      ballot according to the procedures established in this title.
             325          Section 2. Section 20A-2-301 is amended to read:
             326           20A-2-301. County clerk responsibilities -- Voter registration forms.
             327          (1) Each county clerk shall provide book voter registration forms and by-mail voter
             328      registration forms for use in the voter registration process.
             329          (2) (a) Each county clerk shall:
             330          (i) designate certain offices within the county to provide by-mail voter registration
             331      forms to the public; and
             332          (ii) provide by-mail voter registration forms to each public assistance agency and
             333      discretionary voter registration agency.
             334          (b) Each county clerk may provide copies of by-mail voter registration forms to public
             335      school districts and nonpublic schools as provided in Section 20A-2-302 .
             336          (3) [(a)] Each regular general election year, the county clerk shall [make] provide
             337      by-mail voter registration forms [available] to the political parties [as provided in this


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


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


             400      register does not affirmatively identify the voter as either "unaffiliated" or affiliated with a
             401      registered political party, and the voter, as an "unaffiliated" voter, is not authorized to vote the
             402      ballot that the voter requests, the poll worker shall ask the voter if the voter wishes to vote
             403      another registered political party ballot that the voter, as "unaffiliated," is authorized to vote, or
             404      remain "unaffiliated."
             405          (B) If the voter wishes to vote another registered political party ballot that the
             406      unaffiliated voter is authorized to vote, the poll worker shall proceed as required by Subsection
             407      (3).
             408          (C) If the voter wishes to remain unaffiliated and does not wish to vote another ballot
             409      that unaffiliated voters are authorized to vote, the poll worker shall instruct the voter that the
             410      voter may not vote.
             411          [(iii) For the primary elections held in 2004, 2006, and 2008 only:]
             412          [(A) If the voter is listed in the official register as "unaffiliated," or if the official
             413      register does not affirmatively identify the voter as either "unaffiliated" or "affiliated" with a
             414      registered political party, the poll worker shall ask the voter if the voter wishes to affiliate with
             415      a registered political party, or remain "unaffiliated."]
             416          [(B) If the voter wishes to affiliate with the registered political party whose ballot the
             417      voter requested, the poll worker shall direct the voter to complete the change of party affiliation
             418      form and proceed as required by Subsection (3).]
             419          [(C) If the voter wishes to remain unaffiliated and wishes to vote another registered
             420      political party ballot that the unaffiliated voter is authorized to vote, the poll worker shall
             421      proceed as required by Subsection (3).]
             422          [(D) If the voter wishes to remain unaffiliated and does not wish to vote another ballot
             423      that unaffiliated voters are authorized to vote, the poll worker shall instruct the voter that the
             424      voter may not vote.]
             425          (3) If the poll worker determines that the voter is registered and eligible, under
             426      Subsection (2), to vote the ballot that the voter requested and:
             427          (a) if the ballot is a paper ballot or a ballot sheet:
             428          (i) the poll worker in charge of the official register shall:
             429          (A) write the ballot number and the name of the registered political party whose ballot
             430      the voter voted opposite the name of the voter in the official register; and


             431          (B) direct the voter to sign the voter's name in the election column in the official
             432      register;
             433          (ii) another poll worker shall list the ballot number and voter's name in the pollbook;
             434      and
             435          (iii) the poll worker having charge of the ballots shall:
             436          (A) endorse the voter's initials on the stub;
             437          (B) check the name of the voter on the pollbook list with the number of the stub;
             438          (C) hand the voter the ballot for the registered political party that the voter requested
             439      and for which the voter is authorized to vote; and
             440          (D) allow the voter to enter the voting booth; or
             441          (b) if the ballot is an electronic ballot:
             442          (i) the poll worker in charge of the official register shall direct the voter to sign the
             443      voter's name in the official register;
             444          (ii) another poll worker shall list the voter's name in the pollbook; and
             445          (iii) the poll worker having charge of the ballots shall:
             446          (A) provide the voter access to the electronic ballot for the registered political party
             447      that the voter requested and for which the voter is authorized to vote; and
             448          (B) allow the voter to vote the electronic ballot.
             449          (4) Whenever the election officer is required to furnish more than one kind of official
             450      ballot to the voting precinct, the poll workers of that voting precinct shall give the registered
             451      voter the kind of ballot that the voter is qualified to vote.
             452          Section 4. Section 20A-4-107 is amended to read:
             453           20A-4-107. Review and disposition of provisional ballot envelopes.
             454          (1) As used in this section, a [voter] person is "legally entitled to vote" if:
             455          (a) the [voter] person:
             456          (i) is registered to vote in the state;
             457          (ii) resides within the voting precinct where the [voter] person seeks to vote; and
             458          (iii) provided valid voter identification to the poll worker as indicated by a notation in
             459      the official register;
             460          (b) the [voter] person:
             461          (i) is registered to vote in the state;


             462          (ii) (A) provided valid voter identification to the poll worker as indicated by a notation
             463      in the official register; or
             464          (B) either failed to provide valid voter identification or the documents provided as
             465      valid voter identification were inadequate and the poll worker recorded that fact in the official
             466      register but the county clerk verifies the [voter's] person's identity and residence through some
             467      other means; and
             468          (iii) did not vote in the [voter's] person's precinct of residence, but the ballot that the
             469      [voter] person voted is identical to the ballot voted in the [voter's] person's precinct of
             470      residence; or
             471          (c) the [voter] person:
             472          (i) is registered to vote in the state;
             473          (ii) either failed to provide valid voter identification or the documents provided as
             474      valid voter identification were inadequate and the poll worker recorded that fact in the official
             475      register; and
             476          (iii) (A) the county clerk verifies the [voter's] person's identity and residence through
             477      some other means as reliable as photo identification; or
             478          (B) the [voter] person provides valid voter identification to the county clerk or an
             479      election officer who is administering the election by the close of normal office hours on
             480      Monday after the date of the election.
             481          (2) (a) Upon receipt of provisional ballot envelopes, the election officer shall review
             482      the affirmation on the face of each provisional ballot envelope and determine if the person
             483      signing the affirmation is [a registered voter] registered to vote in this state and legally entitled
             484      to vote the ballot that the [voter] person voted.
             485          (b) If the election officer determines that the person is not [a registered voter]
             486      registered to vote in this state or is not legally entitled to vote the ballot that the [voter] person
             487      voted, the election officer shall retain the ballot envelope, unopened, for the period specified in
             488      Section 20A-4-202 unless ordered by a court to produce or count it.
             489          (c) If the election officer determines that the person is [a registered voter] registered to
             490      vote in this state and is legally entitled to vote the ballot that the [voter] person voted, the
             491      election officer shall remove the ballot from the provisional ballot envelope and place the
             492      ballot with the absentee ballots to be counted with those ballots at the canvass.


             493          (d) The election officer may not count, or allow to be counted a provisional ballot
             494      unless the [voter's] person's identity and residence is established by a preponderance of the
             495      evidence.
             496          (3) If the election officer determines that the person is [a registered voter] registered to
             497      vote in this state, the election officer shall ensure that the voter registration records are updated
             498      to reflect the information provided on the provisional ballot envelope.
             499          (4) If the election officer determines that the person is not [a registered voter]
             500      registered to vote in this state and the information on the provisional ballot envelope is
             501      complete, the election officer shall:
             502          (a) consider the provisional ballot envelope a voter registration form; and
             503          (b) register the [voter] person.
             504          Section 5. Section 20A-5-303 (Superseded 03/08/12) is amended to read:
             505           20A-5-303 (Superseded 03/08/12). Establishing, dividing, abolishing, and
             506      changing voting precincts -- Common polling places -- Combined voting precincts --
             507      Counties.
             508          (1) (a) After receiving recommendations from the county clerk, the county legislative
             509      body may establish, divide, abolish, and change voting precincts.
             510          (b) Within 30 days after the establishment, division, abolition, or change of a voting
             511      precinct under this section, the county legislative body shall file with the Automated
             512      Geographic Reference Center, created under Section 63F-1-506 , a notice describing the action
             513      taken and specifying the resulting boundaries of each voting precinct affected by the action.
             514          (2) (a) The county legislative body shall alter or divide voting precincts so that each
             515      voting precinct contains not more than 1,250 active voters.
             516          (b) The county legislative body shall:
             517          (i) identify those precincts that may reach the limit of active voters in a precinct under
             518      Subsection (2)(a) or that becomes too large to facilitate the election process; and
             519          (ii) except as provided in Subsection (3), divide those precincts on or before January 1,
             520      of a general election year.
             521          (3) A county legislative body shall divide a precinct identified under Subsection
             522      (2)(b)(i) on or before January 31 of a regular general election year that immediately follows the
             523      calendar year in which the Legislature divides the state into districts in accordance with Utah


             524      Constitution, Article IX, Section 1.
             525          [(3) The] (4) Except as provided in Subsection (5), the county legislative body may
             526      not:
             527          (a) establish or abolish any voting precinct after January 1 of a regular general election
             528      year; or
             529          (b) alter or change the boundaries of any voting precinct after January 1 of a regular
             530      general election year.
             531          (5) A county legislative body may establish, divide, abolish, alter, or change a voting
             532      precinct on or before January 31 of a regular general election year that immediately follows the
             533      calendar year in which the Legislature divides the state into districts in accordance with Utah
             534      Constitution, Article IX, Section 1.
             535          [(4)] (6) (a) For the purpose of voting in an election, the county legislative body may
             536      establish a common polling place for two or more whole voting precincts.
             537          (b) At least 90 days before the election, the county legislative body shall designate:
             538          (i) the voting precincts that will vote at the common polling place; and
             539          (ii) the location of the common polling place.
             540          (c) A county may use one set of election judges for the common polling place under
             541      this Subsection [(4)] (6).
             542          [(5)] (7) Each county shall have at least two polling places open for voting on the date
             543      of the election.
             544          [(6)] (8) Each common polling place shall have at least one voting device that is
             545      accessible for individuals with disabilities in accordance with Public Law 107-252, the Help
             546      America Vote Act of 2002.
             547          Section 6. Section 20A-5-303 (Effective 03/08/12) is amended to read:
             548           20A-5-303 (Effective 03/08/12). Establishing, dividing, abolishing, and changing
             549      voting precincts -- Common polling places -- Combined voting precincts -- Counties.
             550          (1) (a) After receiving recommendations from the county clerk, the county legislative
             551      body may establish, divide, abolish, and change voting precincts.
             552          (b) Within 30 days after the establishment, division, abolition, or change of a voting
             553      precinct under this section, the county legislative body shall file with the Automated
             554      Geographic Reference Center, created under Section 63F-1-506 , a notice describing the action


             555      taken and specifying the resulting boundaries of each voting precinct affected by the action.
             556          (2) (a) The county legislative body shall alter or divide voting precincts so that each
             557      voting precinct contains not more than 1,250 active voters.
             558          (b) The county legislative body shall:
             559          (i) identify those precincts that may reach the limit of active voters in a precinct under
             560      Subsection (2)(a) or that becomes too large to facilitate the election process; and
             561          (ii) except as provided by Subsection (3), divide those precincts on or before January 1,
             562      of a general election year.
             563          (3) A county legislative body shall divide a precinct identified under Subsection
             564      (2)(b)(i) on or before January 31 of a regular general election year that immediately follows the
             565      calendar year in which the Legislature divides the state into districts in accordance with Utah
             566      Constitution, Article IX, Section 1.
             567          [(3)] (4) Notwithstanding Subsection (2)(a) and except as provided by Subsection (5),
             568      the county legislative body may not:
             569          (a) establish or abolish any voting precinct after January 1 of a regular general election
             570      year;
             571          (b) alter or change the boundaries of any voting precinct after January 1 of a regular
             572      general election year; or
             573          (c) establish, divide, abolish, alter, or change a voting precinct between January 1 of a
             574      year immediately preceding the year in which an enumeration is required by the United States
             575      Constitution and the day on which the Legislature divides the state into districts in accordance
             576      with Utah Constitution, Article IX, Section 1.
             577          (5) A county legislative body may establish, divide, abolish, alter, or change a voting
             578      precinct on or before January 31 of a regular general election year that immediately follows the
             579      calendar year in which the Legislature divides the state into districts in accordance with Utah
             580      Constitution, Article IX, Section 1.
             581          [(4)] (6) (a) For the purpose of voting in an election, the county legislative body may
             582      establish a common polling place for two or more whole voting precincts.
             583          (b) At least 90 days before the election, the county legislative body shall designate:
             584          (i) the voting precincts that will vote at the common polling place; and
             585          (ii) the location of the common polling place.


             586          (c) A county may use one set of election judges for the common polling place under
             587      this Subsection [(4)] (6).
             588          [(5)] (7) Each county shall have at least two polling places open for voting on the date
             589      of the election.
             590          [(6)] (8) Each common polling place shall have at least one voting device that is
             591      accessible for individuals with disabilities in accordance with Public Law 107-252, the Help
             592      America Vote Act of 2002.
             593          Section 7. Section 20A-7-402 is amended to read:
             594           20A-7-402. Local voter information pamphlet -- Contents -- Limitations --
             595      Preparation -- Statement on front cover.
             596          (1) The county or municipality that is the subject of [an initiative, referendum, or other]
             597      a ballot proposition shall prepare a local voter information pamphlet that meets the
             598      requirements of this part.
             599          (2) (a) The arguments for and against [initiatives and referenda] a ballot proposition
             600      shall conform to the requirements of this section.
             601          (i) [Persons wishing to] To prepare arguments for [and] or against [an initiative,
             602      referendum, or other] a ballot proposition, a person shall file a request with the local legislative
             603      body at least 50 days before the election at which the [proposed measure] ballot proposition is
             604      to be voted upon.
             605          (ii) If more than one person [or group] requests the opportunity to prepare arguments
             606      for or against [any measure] a ballot proposition, the governing body shall make the final
             607      designation according to the following criteria:
             608          (A) sponsors have priority in [making the] preparing an argument [for a measure]
             609      regarding a ballot proposition; and
             610          (B) members of the local legislative body have priority over others.
             611          [(iii) The arguments in favor of the measure shall be prepared by the sponsors,
             612      whether of the local legislative body or of a voter or voter group, but not more than five names
             613      shall appear as sponsors.]
             614          [(iv) The arguments against the measure shall be prepared by opponents from among
             615      the local legislative body, if any, or from among voters requesting permission of the local
             616      legislative body to prepare these arguments.]


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


             648      may direct the local clerk to summarize the measure in 500 words or less.
             649          (ii) The summary shall state where a complete copy of the [measure] ballot proposition
             650      is available for public review.
             651          Section 8. Section 20A-9-403 is amended to read:
             652           20A-9-403. Regular primary elections.
             653          (1) (a) The fourth Tuesday of June of each even-numbered year is designated as regular
             654      primary election day.
             655          (b) Each registered political party that chooses to use the primary election process to
             656      nominate some or all of its candidates shall comply with the requirements of this section.
             657          (2) (a) As a condition for using the state's election system, each registered political
             658      party that wishes to participate in the primary election shall:
             659          (i) declare their intent to participate in the primary election;
             660          (ii) identify one or more registered political parties whose members may vote for the
             661      registered political party's candidates and whether or not persons identified as unaffiliated with
             662      a political party may vote for the registered political party's candidates; and
             663          (iii) certify that information to the lieutenant governor no later than 5 p.m. on March 1
             664      of each even-numbered year.
             665          (b) As a condition for using the state's election system, each registered political party
             666      that wishes to participate in the primary election shall:
             667          (i) certify the name and office of all of the registered political party's candidates to the
             668      lieutenant governor no later than 5 p.m. on May 13 of each even-numbered year; and
             669          (ii) certify the name and office of each of its county candidates to the county clerks by
             670      5 p.m. on May 13 of each even-numbered year.
             671          (c) By 5 p.m. on May 16 of each even-numbered year, the lieutenant governor shall
             672      send the county clerks a certified list of the names of all statewide [or] candidates, multicounty
             673      candidates, or single county candidates that must be printed on the primary ballot.
             674          (d) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(d)(ii), if a registered political party does
             675      not wish to participate in the primary election, it shall submit the names of its county
             676      candidates to the county clerks and the names of all of its candidates to the lieutenant governor
             677      by 5 p.m. on May 30 of each even-numbered year.
             678          (ii) A registered political party's candidates for President and Vice-President of the


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


             710      whatever manner the judges determine.
             711          (7) The expense of providing all ballots, blanks, or other supplies to be used at any
             712      primary election provided for by this section, and all expenses necessarily incurred in the
             713      preparation for or the conduct of that primary election shall be paid out of the treasury of the
             714      county or state, in the same manner as for the regular general elections.
             715          Section 9. Section 20A-14-105 is amended to read:
             716           20A-14-105. Becoming a candidate for membership on the State Board of
             717      Education -- Selection of candidates by the governor -- Ballot placement.
             718          (1) By August 1 of each regular general election year, the governor shall:
             719          (a) for each state board district subject to election in that year, select two candidates for
             720      the State Board of Education from the lists submitted by the state board district nominating and
             721      recruiting committee; and
             722          (b) certify the names of the two candidates from each school board district to the
             723      lieutenant governor.
             724          (2) If the governor fails to select two candidates for a state board district by
             725      [September] August 1, the nominating and recruiting committee shall:
             726          (a) select the two candidates; and
             727          (b) notify the lieutenant governor of its selections by September [15] 8.
             728          (3) The lieutenant governor shall:
             729          (a) conduct a lottery to determine the order of the candidates' names on the ballot; and
             730          (b) certify the names and order of the names to the county clerks for placement on the
             731      nonpartisan section of the ballot.
             732          Section 10. Effective date.
             733          (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), this bill takes effect on May 10, 2011.
             734          (2) The amendments to Section 20A-5-303 (Effective 03/08/12) take effect on March
             735      8, 2012.




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