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SB16-074: Mail Ballots Opt-out & Provide 24-hour Drop Boxes

Voting Rights
Bill Number: SB16-074
Year: 2016
ACLU Position: Oppose
Sponsors: T. Dore / L. Crowder


Current law requires that all elections conducted under the
Uniform Election Code of 1992 be conducted by mail ballot.
Sections 2 and 3 of the bill allow an elector, in accordance with
rules adopted by the secretary of state, to opt out of automatically
receiving mail ballots by completing a form on the online voter
registration system. An elector who opts out may also resume receiving
automatic mail ballots in accordance with the processes set forth by the
secretary of state.
Section 4 of the bill:
• Directs the secretary of state to use federal Help America
Vote Act grant moneys to purchase at least one 24-hour
drop box and surveillance camera for each county in the
• Allows counties to request a waiver from receiving such
boxes and cameras; and
• Specifically authorizes the secretary of state to promulgate
rules to implement these provisions.

Current Status:

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

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