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HB 1326: Integrity of Citizen-Initiated Petitions

Voting Rights
Bill Number: HB 1326
Year: 2009
ACLU Position: Active Oppose
Sponsors: Rep. Carroll; Rep. Court; Sen. Shaffer

Motivated by several of the 2008 election's petitions, clarifies petition process. Changes terminology and requirements for certain terminology on petition. Changes deadline date for filing ballot initiative petitions to 3 weeks earlier than current law. Permits registered electors to file a written request with the Secretary of State to remove their name from an initiative petition so that it is not counted. Increases requirements for execution of circulator affidavit and notary public. Requires any circulator who collects more than 100 signatures to receive training related to potential fraudulent activities in petition circulation. Requires proponents or their issue committee to file a document listing details about paid petition circulators, including dates of circulation, total hours each paid circulator worked and the compensation received. Expands criminal violations for unlawful acts related to initiative petitions and increases penalties. Changes deadlines for proponents to withdraw sufficient petition from ballot to 60 days prior to election. This is not an exhaustive list.
Read the bill here.

Current Status:

05/15/2009 Signed by Governor

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