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HOUSE BILL NO. 116
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H0116......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
CANDIDATES - Amends existing law to increase the time for the filing
deadline for write-in candidates to twenty-five days before the day of the
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fifth Legislature First Regular Session - 1999
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 116
BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO ELECTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 34-702A, IDAHO CODE, TO INCREASE THE
3 WRITE-IN CANDIDATE FILING DEADLINE FOR A PRIMARY OR GENERAL ELECTION TO
4 TWENTY-FIVE DAYS BEFORE SUCH ELECTION.
5 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 SECTION 1. That Section 34-702A, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
7 amended to read as follows:
8 34-702A. DECLARATION OF INTENT FOR WRITE-IN CANDIDATES. No write-in vote
9 for any office in a primary, special, or general election shall be counted
10 unless a declaration of intent has been filed indicating that the person
11 desires the office and is legally qualified to assume the duties of said
12 office if elected. The declaration of intent shall be filed with the secretary
13 of state if for a federal, state, or legislative district office and with the
14 county clerk if for a county office. Such declaration of intent shall be filed
15 not later than eleven twenty-five ( 11
16 25 ) days before the day of election. The secretary of state
17 shall prescribe the form for said declaration.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of this bill is to establish a twenty-five (25) day
deadline for all write-in candidates to file prior to an election.
Currently the time frame for write-in candidates in non-partisan
elections is twenty-five (25) days prior to the election and this
will provide uniformity.
The current period of eleven (11) days for partisan write-in
candidates is too short of a time span to make final preparations
especially for counties using an optical scan voting system.
No fiscal impact on the state general fund or any of its
CONTACT: Idaho Association of Counties
Dan Chadwick, Tony Poinelli, Paul Beddoe
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE Bill No. H 116