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SB14-071: Mail Ballot Opt Out

Voting Rights
Bill Number: SB14-071
Year: 2014
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: Lundberg


House Bill 13-1303 required all active registered electors to receive mail ballots for elections conducted under the Uniform Election Code of 1992.

Section 1 of the bill requires the electronic form used to register a prospective elector to include a place for the elector to indicate his or her choice for all future elections between casting a ballot in person at a voter service and polling center and casting a mail ballot. The bill requires the county clerk and recorder (clerk) to record the elector's preference in the centralized statewide registration system if the change in preference is complete. The bill specifies procedures to allow the elector to use the electronic form to change his or her preference to receive mail ballots again. This section of the bill also requires the electronic form used by an already registered elector to make changes in their residence or partisan affiliation status to allow such an elector to opt out of receiving mail ballots. In lieu of submitting a written request to opt out of receiving mail ballots as permitted under the bill, the bill allows a registered elector to use the electronic form to opt out of receiving mail ballots for all future elections. A change in preference concerning mail ballots applies to an election if the elector completes the registration form for such purposes at least 60 days before the date of the election.

Section 2 of the bill requires a prospective elector to be asked, as part of the standard list of questions he or she answers when first registering to vote, whether the elector chooses for all future elections to cast a ballot in person at a voter service and polling center or by means of a mail ballot.

Section 3 of the bill allows an already registered elector to opt out of receiving mail ballots by submitting a written request at least 60 days prior to the election to his or her clerk on an official form. The bill requires the clerk to record the elector's preference in the centralized statewide registration system if the change in preference is complete. The bill establishes similar procedures if an elector chooses to change his or her preference to receive mail ballots again.

Current Status:

01/27/2014 - Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
01/14/2014 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

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