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HOUSE BILL NO. 471
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SCHOOL ELECTIONS - ABSENTEE VOTING - Amends existing law to clarify the
method of handling absentee ballots in school elections to assure the
secrecy of the ballot.
01/13 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
01/14 Rpt prt - to Educ
02/04 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/05 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
02/06 3rd rdg - PASSED - 65-0-5
AYES -- Alltus, Barraclough, Barrett, Bell, Bieter, Bivens,
Black(15), Boe, Bruneel, Callister, Campbell, Chase, Clark, Crane,
Crow, Cuddy, Deal, Denney, Ellsworth, Field(13), Field(20), Geddes,
Gould, Hadley, Hansen, Henbest, Hornbeck, Jaquet, Jones(9),
Jones(22), Jones(20), Judd, Kellogg, Kempton, Kendell, Kjellander,
Kunz, Lake, Loertscher, Mader, Marley, McKague, Meyer, Miller,
Mortensen, Newcomb, Pischner, Pomeroy, Reynolds, Richman, Ridinger,
Robison, Schaefer, Stevenson, Stoicheff, Stone, Stubbs, Tilman,
Tippets, Trail, Watson, Wheeler, Wood, Zimmermann, Mr Speaker
NAYS -- None
Absent and excused -- Black(23), Gagner, Linford, Sali, Taylor
Floor Sponsor - Hornbeck
Title apvd - to Senate
02/09 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Educ
02/18 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/19 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/10 3rd rdg - PASSED - 34-0-1
AYES--Andreason, Boatright, Branch, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron,
Crow, Danielson, Darrington, Deide, Dunklin, Frasure, Geddes, Hansen,
Hawkins, Ingram, Ipsen, Keough, King, Lee, McLaughlin, Noh, Parry,
Richardson, Riggs, Risch, Sandy, Schroeder, Stennett, Sweeney,
Thorne, Twiggs, Wheeler, Whitworth
Absent and excused--Sorensen
Floor Sponsor - Schroeder
Title apvd - to House
03/11 To enrol
03/12 Rpt enrol - Sp signed
03/13 Pres signed
03/16 To Governor
03/17 Governor signed
Session Law Chapter 56
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session - 1998
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 471
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO SCHOOL ELECTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 33-406, IDAHO CODE, TO CLARIFY
3 THE METHOD OF CONDUCTING ABSENTEE VOTING IN SCHOOL ELECTIONS AND TO MAKE A
4 TECHNICAL CORRECTION.
5 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 SECTION 1. That Section 33-406, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
7 amended to read as follows:
8 33-406. ABSENTEE VOTING. For the purposes of this section the term clerk
9 shall mean the clerk of the board of county commissioners whenever an election
10 involves changing the boundaries of school districts, or the creation of new
11 school districts by consolidation of districts or division of a district. In
12 all other school elections the term clerk shall mean the clerk of the board of
13 trustees of the school district.
14 In any school election, a qualified school elector who expects to be
15 absent from the district on the day of the election, or who will be unable,
16 because of physical disability or blindness, to go to the polling place, may
17 vote in such election in the manner herein provided.
18 Any such elector may make written application to the clerk for a ballot or
19 ballots of the kind or kinds to be voted on at such election, which applica-
20 tion shall contain the name of the elector, the trustee zone of the district
21 in which he resides, and his present address. The application for an absent
22 elector's ballot shall be filed with the clerk not later than one (1) hour
23 prior to the opening of the polls.
24 The clerk receiving such application shall, not more than twenty-eight
25 (28) days prior to the day of the election, deliver to said applicant elector
26 personally or by mail to the mailing address given in the application, postage
27 prepaid, a ballot or ballots, one (1) of each kind thereof, to be voted on in
28 the election, and a form of oath of qualification.
29 The elector shall vote in secret and shall inclose
30 enclose his ballot or ballots in an envelope to be supplied by the
31 clerk , and seal the same , and place thereon
32 his name and the date the vote was cast, and . The elector
33 shall then place the said secrecy enve-
34 lope in another a return envelope, together with the
35 form of oath of qualification executed by him, and address and mail, or
36 deliver, the same to the clerk. The absentee ballot must be received by the
37 clerk, not later than 8:00 p.m. on the day of the election, before such ballot
38 may be counted.
39 Any elector physically unable to mark his own ballot may receive assis-
40 tance in marking his ballot from the officer delivering same or an available
41 person of his own choosing. In the event the officer is requested to render
42 assistance in marking an absent elector's ballot, the officer shall ascertain
43 the desires of the elector and shall vote the applicant's ballot accordingly.
1 No election officer or any other person assisting a disabled voter shall
2 attempt to influence the vote of such elector in any manner.
3 The written applications shall be kept by the clerk as a part of the
4 records of the election and he shall, on the day of the election and before
5 the polling places are closed, deliver to the proper board of election all
6 such envelopes together with a list, compiled and signed by him, of the elec-
7 tors making application to vote in absentia.
8 The board of election shall verify all return envelopes
9 delivered to it by the clerk against the names appearing on the said list,
10 open the return envelopes and examine the elector's oath. If
11 these are found to be in order, the ballots shall be removed from
12 remain in the secrecy envelopes and be
13 placed in the ballot box in the same manner as though the elector were person-
14 ally present and voting; and the voter's name shall thereupon be subscribed in
15 any polling book or other record kept at such election.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Clarifies absentee balloting procedures for school districts.
Contact: Representative Twila Hornbeck
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE