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HB13-1147: Voter Registration At Public Higher Ed Institution

Voting Rights
Bill Number: HB13-1147
Year: 2013
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: Melton/Newell


The bill requires a state institution of higher education (institution) to provide its students, when a student registers at the institution for the first time, the opportunity to apply for voter registration as follows:

  • For a student who is registering electronically at theinstitution and who is eligible to register to vote on-line, the institution must give him or her the option of registering electronically using the web site maintained by the secretary of state.
  • For any student registering at the institution in person orany student ineligible to register to vote electronically, the institution must provide him or her a voter registration application. After the student completes the application, an authorized employee of the institution must forward the application to the county clerk and recorder for the county in which the student resides. The county clerk and recorder determines whether the application is complete. If so, the applicant is deemed registered. If not, the clerk and recorder must so notify the applicant.

The higher education commission and the secretary of state are directed to jointly develop a voter registration application for in-person voter registration applications.

Current Status:

03/06/2013 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
03/26/2013 - Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily
03/20/2013 - Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/03/2013 - Senate Third Reading Passed
01/18/2013 - Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
04/18/2013 - Governor Action - Signed
04/09/2013 - Signed by the President of the Senate

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