HOUSE BILL NO. 208

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H0208......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
CANDIDATES - BALLOT LISTING - Amends and adds to existing law to provide
that the Secretary of State shall complete a random ordering of letters of
the alphabet to govern the order of candidates listed on the ballot.
                                                                        
02/13    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/14    Rpt prt - to St Aff

Bill Text


                                                                        
                                                                        
  ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
 Fifty-sixth Legislature                  First Regular Session - 2001
                                                                        
                                                                        
                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                                                                        
                                     HOUSE BILL NO. 208
                                                                        
                                 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
                                                                        
  1                                        AN ACT
  2    RELATING TO BALLOT PREPARATION; AMENDING SECTION 34-903, IDAHO CODE,  TO  PRO-
  3        VIDE  THAT  CANDIDATES  SHALL  BE  LISTED IN THE ORDER AS PROVIDED BY LAW;
  4        AMENDING CHAPTER 9, TITLE 34, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION
  5        34-903A, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE THAT THE SECRETARY OF STATE SHALL COMPLETE
  6        A RANDOM ORDERING OF LETTERS OF THE ALPHABET WHICH SHALL GOVERN THE  ORDER
  7        OF  CANDIDATES  LISTED  ON THE BALLOT; AND AMENDING SECTION 34-2419, IDAHO
  8        CODE, TO PROVIDE THAT CANDIDATES SHALL BE LISTED IN THE ORDER AS  PROVIDED
  9        BY LAW.
                                                                        
 10    Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
                                                                        
 11        SECTION  1.  That  Section  34-903, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
 12    amended to read as follows:
                                                                        
 13        34-903.  SECRETARY OF STATE TO PRESCRIBE FORM AND CONTENTS OF ALL  BALLOTS
 14    AND  RELATED  DOCUMENTS. (1) The secretary of state shall, in a manner consis-
 15    tent with the election laws of this state, prescribe the form for all ballots,
 16    absentee ballots, diagrams, sample  ballots,  ballot  labels,  voting  machine
 17    labels  or booklets, certificates, notices, declarations of candidacy, affida-
 18    vits of all types, lists, applications, poll books, tally  sheets,  registers,
 19    rosters,  statements  and  abstracts  if required by the election laws of this
 20    state.
 21        (2)  The secretary of state shall prescribe the arrangement of the  matter
 22    to be printed on each kind of ballot and label, including:
 23        (a)  The  placement and listing of all offices, candidates and issues upon
 24        which voting is statewide, which shall be uniform throughout the state.
 25        (b)  The listing of all other candidates required to file  with  him,  and
 26        the  order  of  listing  all  offices  and issues upon which voting is not
 27        statewide.
 28        (3)  The names of candidates for legislative or special  district  offices
 29    shall  be printed only on the ballots and ballot labels furnished to voters of
 30    such district.
 31        (4)  The names of all candidates which appear on any election ballot shall
 32    be rotated listed in the manner determined by  the  secretary  of  state  pre-
 33    scribed in section 34-903A, Idaho Code.
 34        (5)  No  candidate's  name  may  appear  on a ballot for more than one (1)
 35    office, except that a candidate for precinct committeeman  may  seek  one  (1)
 36    additional  office  upon  the  same  ballot. The provisions of this subsection
 37    shall not apply to the election of electors of president and vice-president of
 38    the United States.
                                                                        
 39        SECTION 2.  That Chapter 9, Title 34, Idaho Code,  be,  and  the  same  is
 40    hereby  amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION, to be known and des-
 41    ignated as Section 34-903A, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
                                                                        
                                           2
                                                                        
  1        34-903A.  ORDER OF CANDIDATE NAMES ON BALLOT.  (1)  This  section  governs
  2    the  procedure  for determining the order on the ballot of names of candidates
  3    for nomination for or election to all offices at an election.
  4        (2)  Not later than the sixtieth day before the date of any election,  the
  5    secretary  of  state  shall  complete  a random ordering of the letters of the
  6    alphabet.
  7        (3)  Not later than the fifty-ninth day before the date of  any  election,
  8    the  secretary  of  state shall mail to each county clerk a copy of the random
  9    ordering of the letters of the alphabet.
 10        (4)  The county clerk shall arrange by surname the names of the candidates
 11    on the ballot or ballot label in the random order of the letters of the alpha-
 12    bet completed by the secretary of state under subsection (2) of this section.
                                                                        
 13        SECTION 3.  That Section 34-2419, Idaho Code, be, and the same  is  hereby
 14    amended to read as follows:
                                                                        
 15        34-2419.  ROTATION  LISTING  OF  NAMES  OF CANDIDATES. In each primary and
 16    general election when two (2) or more persons are candidates for nomination or
 17    election to the same office, the county clerk or the clerk of a city, district
 18    or other municipality in which voting machines or vote tally systems are  used
 19    shall  rotate  list  the  names  of candidates as directed by the secretary of
 20    state in the manner prescribed in section 34-903A, Idaho Code.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact


                      STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
                                
                            RS 10984
                                
The purpose of this legislation is to remove the cumbersome and 

costly requirement of rotating candidates' names on ballots.

The new section 34-903A, provides that the order of candidate's 

names will be determined by the use of a random alphabet selected 

by the Secretary of State.  This selection would be made sixty 

(60) days prior to any election.

This bill is supported by the Secretary of State's Voting Systems 

Task Force in an effort to improve voter education.  Without 

rotation the sample ballot provided to the voters will be the 

same ballot they will see on election day.




                         FISCAL IMPACT
                                
The counties will experience a significant reduction in ballot 

printing costs.





Contact
 Name: Ben Ysursa, Chief Deputy, Secretary of State
Phone: 334-2852



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