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First Substitute H.B. 253

This document includes Senate Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 9:31 AM by khelgesen. --> This document includes Senate 3rd Reading Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 5:12 PM by cmillar. -->

Representative Kraig Powell proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
VOTER REGISTRATION AMENDMENTS

             2     
2012 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Kraig Powell

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions in Title 20A, Election Code, relating to voter registration.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    requires the removal of a voter from the official register:
             13              .    upon notification that a voter has subsequently registered to vote in another
             14      state; and
             15              .    upon notice of a criminal conviction that prohibits a person from voting;
             16          .    requires the county clerk to send a notice to a voter who fails to vote in two
             17      consecutive regular general elections; and
             18          .    makes technical changes.
             19      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          20A-2-304.5, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 304


             26          20A-2-305, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 183
             27     
             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 20A-2-304.5 is amended to read:
             30           20A-2-304.5. County clerk's responsibilities -- Updating voter registration.
             31          (1) A county clerk who receives notification from the lieutenant governor, as provided
             32      in Subsection 20A-2-109 (1), of a change in a registered voter's principal place of residence or
             33      name may verify the change with the registered voter.
             34          (2) Unless the county clerk verifies that a change described in Subsection (1) is
             35      incorrect, the county clerk shall:
             36          (a) change the voter registration record to show the registered voter's current name and
             37      address; and
             38          (b) notify the registered voter of the change to the voter registration record.
             39          (3) (a) If a voter does not vote in any election during the period beginning on the date
             40      of any regular general election and ending on the day after the date of the next regular general
             41      election S. and the county clerk has not sent the voter a notice described in Section 20A-2-306
             41a      during the period .S , the county clerk shall send to the voter a preaddressed return form in
             41b      substantially the
             42      following form:
             43          "VOTER REGISTRATION ADDRESS"
             44          To ensure the address on your voter registration is correct, please complete and return
             45      this form if your address has changed. What is your current street address?
             46      ____________________________________________________________________________
             47      Street                City                County     State        ZIP
             48      ___________________________
             49      Signature of Voter
             50          (b) The county clerk shall mail the form described in Subsection (3) S. [ (b) ] (a) .S with a
             50a      postal
             51      service that will notify the county clerk if the voter has changed the voter's address.
             52          Section 2. Section 20A-2-305 is amended to read:
             53           20A-2-305. Removing names from the official register -- General requirements.
             54          (1) The county clerk may not remove a voter's name from the official register because
             55      the voter has failed to vote in an election.
             56          (2) The county clerk [may] shall remove a voter's name from the official register [only]


             57      [when] if:
             58          (a) the voter dies and the requirements of Subsection (3) are met;
             59          (b) the county clerk, after complying with the requirements of Section 20A-2-306 ,
             60      receives written confirmation from the voter that the voter no longer resides within the county
             61      clerk's county;
             62          (c ) the county clerk has:
             63          (i) obtained evidence that the voter's residence has changed[, has];
             64          (ii) mailed notice to the voter as required by Section 20A-2-306 [and];
             65          (iii) S. (A) .S received no response from the voter[,]; S. [ and ] or
             65a          (B) not received information that confirms the voter's residence; and .S
             66          (iv) the voter has failed to vote or appear to vote in [either of the next two] an election
             67      during the period beginning on the date of the notice S. described in Section 20A-2-306 .S and
             67a      ending on the day after the date of the
             68      second regular general [elections following] election occurring after the date of the notice;
             69          (d) the voter requests, in writing, that [his] the voter's name be removed from the
             70      official register; [or]
             71          (e) the county clerk receives a returned voter identification card, determines that there
             72      was no clerical error causing the card to be returned, and has no further information to contact
             73      the voter[.];
             74          (f) the county clerk receives notice that a voter has been convicted of any felony or a
             75      misdemeanor for an offense under this title and the voter's right to vote has not been restored as
             76      provided in Section 20A-2-101.3 or 20A-2-101.5 ; or
             77          (g) the county clerk receives notice that a voter has registered to vote in another state
             78      after the day on which the voter registered to vote in this state.
             79          (3) The county clerk [may] shall remove a voter's name from the registration list upon
             80      the annual receipt of a listing of all deceased residents from the Department of Health's Bureau
             81      of Vital Records.


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