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HB13-1038: Voting Rights Persons In Youth Corrections Custody

Criminal Justice | Student and Youth Rights | Voting Rights
Bill Number: HB13-1038
Year: 2013
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: Rosenthal/Todd

Description:

In the case of any individual confined to a juvenile facility and in the custody of the division of youth corrections (division) in the department of human services who is 18 years of age or older on the date of the next election, the bill requires the administrator of the facility in which the individual is confined to facilitate the registration for voting purposes of, and voting by, the individual. In connection with this requirement, the bill requires the administrator to provide the individual information regarding his or her voting rights and how the individual may register to vote and cast a mail or mail-in ballot, provide the individual with voter information materials upon the request of the individual, and ensure that any mail or mail-in ballot cast by the individual is timely delivered to the designated election official.

To facilitate the provision of identification documents required to enable such individuals to register to vote and to cast a ballot, the bill requires the administrator to collaborate with the secretary of state to compile a list of documents and forms of identification that are in the possession of the division or that individuals in the custody of the division are likely to have in their possession that would constitute an acceptable form of identification permitting such individuals to register to vote, cast a ballot at a polling place, or cast a mail ballot. The bill further requires the administrator and the secretary of state to post the list of documents and forms of identification in a prominent place on the public web sites maintained by the department of human services and the secretary, respectively. The bill also requires the secretary to provide notice to the county clerk and recorders as well as other designated election officials that these documents and other forms of identification constitute an acceptable form of identification permitting such individuals to exercise their voting rights as specified in the bill.

The bill exempts an administrator from any legal restriction on the number of mail or mail-in ballots an eligible elector may deliver in person to the designated election official.


Current Status:

02/20/2013 - Introduced in Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
02/11/2013 - House Third Reading Passed
03/11/2013 - Signed by the President of the Senate
03/15/2013 - Governor Action - Signed



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