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HB16-1300: Mail Ballot Return Options Reqmnts & Procedures

Voting Rights
Bill Number: HB16-1300
Year: 2016
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: S. Ryden / J. Ulibarri / K. Donovan

Description:

Section 1 of the bill:
• Vests counties with the exclusive authority to determine
placement and security of stand-alone ballot drop-off
locations;
• Makes state-owned properties presumptively suitable for
use as stand-alone drop-off locations where electors may
deposit completed ballots; and
• Encourages counties to identify and utilize commercial
properties for stand-alone drop-off locations.
Section 2:
• Removes the requirement that an elector provide postage
on mail ballot return envelopes;
• Requires counties to work with the United States postal
service to ensure the efficient delivery of mail ballot return
envelopes, and to describe this effort in its mail ballot plan;
and
• Directs the secretary of state to use federal Help America
Vote Act grant moneys to purchase at least one 24-hour
drop box for each county in the state; except that counties
may request a waiver from receiving such boxes.


Current Status:

Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/27/2016)



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