7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill addresses lines at a polling location.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ requires a county clerk, to the extent possible, to ensure that the waiting time in line
13 at a polling location does not exceed 30 minutes; and
14 ▸ permits the lieutenant governor to require a county clerk to submit a line
15 management plan at the next election if an individual waits in line more than 30
16 minutes before the individual can vote at a polling location.
17 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
19 Other Special Clauses:
21 Utah Code Sections Affected:
23 20A-5-403, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 297
25 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
26 Section 1. Section 20A-5-403 is amended to read:
27 20A-5-403. Polling places -- Booths -- Ballot boxes -- Inspections --
29 (1) Each election officer shall:
30 (a) designate polling places for each voting precinct in the jurisdiction; and
31 (b) obtain the approval of the county or municipal legislative body or local district
32 governing board for those polling places.
33 (2) (a) For each polling place, the election officer shall provide:
34 (i) an American flag;
35 (ii) a sufficient number of voting booths or compartments;
36 (iii) the voting devices, voting booths, ballots, ballot boxes, ballot labels, ballot sheets,
37 write-in ballots, and any other records and supplies necessary to enable a voter to vote;
38 (iv) the constitutional amendment cards required by Part 1, Election Notices and
40 (v) voter information pamphlets required by Chapter 7, Part 7, Voter Information
42 (vi) the instruction cards required by Section 20A-5-102; and
43 (vii) a sign, to be prominently displayed in the polling place, indicating that valid voter
44 identification is required for every voter before the voter may vote and listing the forms of
45 identification that constitute valid voter identification.
46 (b) Each election officer shall ensure that:
47 (i) each voting booth is at a convenient height for writing, and is arranged so that the
48 voter can prepare the voter's ballot screened from observation;
49 (ii) there are a sufficient number of voting booths or voting devices to accommodate
50 the voters at that polling place; and
51 (iii) there is at least one voting booth or voting device that is configured to
52 accommodate persons with disabilities.
53 (c) Each county clerk shall provide a ballot box for each polling place that is large
54 enough to properly receive and hold the ballots to be cast.
55 (3) (a) All polling places shall be physically inspected by each county clerk to ensure
56 access by a person with a disability.
57 (b) Any issues concerning inaccessibility to polling places by a person with a disability
58 discovered during the inspections referred to in Subsection (3)(a) or reported to the county
59 clerk shall be:
60 (i) forwarded to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor; and
61 (ii) within six months of the time of the complaint, the issue of inaccessibility shall be
63 (A) remedied at the particular location by the county clerk;
64 (B) the county clerk shall designate an alternative accessible location for the particular
65 precinct; or
66 (C) if no practical solution can be identified, file with the Office of the Lieutenant
67 Governor a written explanation identifying the reasons compliance cannot reasonably be met.
68 (4) (a) The municipality in which the election is held shall pay the cost of conducting
69 each municipal election, including the cost of printing and supplies.
70 (b) (i) Costs assessed by a county clerk to a municipality under this section may not
71 exceed the actual costs incurred by the county clerk.
72 (ii) The actual costs shall include:
73 (A) costs of or rental fees associated with the use of election equipment and supplies;
75 (B) reasonable and necessary administrative costs.
76 (5) The county clerk shall make detailed entries of all proceedings had under this
78 (6) (a) Each county clerk shall, to the extent possible, ensure that the amount of time
79 that an individual waits in line before the individual can vote at a polling location in the county
80 does not exceed 30 minutes.
81 (b) The lieutenant governor may require a county clerk to submit a line management
82 plan before the next election if an individual waits in line at a polling location in the county
83 longer than 30 minutes before the individual can vote.
84 (c) The lieutenant governor may consider extenuating circumstances in deciding
85 whether to require the county clerk to submit a plan described in Subsection (6)(b).
86 (d) The lieutenant governor shall review each plan submitted under Subsection (6)(b)
87 and consult with the county clerk submitting the plan to ensure, to the extent possible, that the
88 amount of time an individual waits in line before the individual can vote at a polling location in
89 the county does not exceed 30 minutes.