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SENATE BILL NO. 1371 – School election, absentee ballot


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S1371..........................................................by EDUCATION
SCHOOL ELECTIONS - Amends existing law relating to the conduct of school
elections to require that application for and delivery of absentee ballots
be made during regular business hours.
02/07    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/08    Rpt prt - to St Aff
02/15    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/16    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
02/21    3rd rdg - PASSED - 34-0-1
      AYES--Andreason, Boatright, Branch, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron,
      Danielson, Darrington, Davis, Deide, Dunklin, Frasure, Geddes,
      Hawkins, Ingram, Ipsen, Keough, King-Barrutia, Lee, McLaughlin, Noh,
      Parry, Richardson, Riggs, Risch, Sandy, Schroeder, Sorensen, Stegner,
      Stennett, Thorne, Wheeler, Whitworth, Williams
      Absent and excused--Crow
    Floor Sponsor - Keough
    Title apvd - to House
02/22    House intro - 1st rdg - to St Aff
03/20    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/21    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/30    3rd rdg - PASSED - 65-0-5
      AYES -- Alltus, Barraclough, Barrett, Bieter, Black, Boe, Bruneel,
      Callister, Campbell, Chase, Cheirrett, Clark, Crow, Cuddy, Deal,
      Denney, Ellsworth, Field(13), Field(20), Gagner, Gould, Hadley,
      Hammond, Hansen(23), Hansen(29), Henbest, Hornbeck, Jaquet,
      Jones(Jones), Judd, Kellogg, Kempton, Kendell, Kunz, Lake, Linford,
      Loertscher, Mader, Marley, McKague, Meyer, Montgomery, Mortensen,
      Moss, Moyle, Pearce, Pischner, Pomeroy, Ridinger, Ringo, Robison,
      Sali, Schaefer, Sellman, Shepherd, Smith, Smylie, Stevenson,
      Stoicheff, Stone, Tilman, Trail, Wheeler, Wood, Zimmermann
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Bell, Geddes, Reynolds, Taylor, Mr Speaker
    Floor Sponsor - McKague
    Title apvd - to Senate
03/31    To enrol
04/03    Rpt enrol - Pres signed - Sp signed
04/04    To Governor
04/05    Governor signed
         Session Law Chapter 205
         Effective: 07/01/00

Bill Text

  ||||              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ||||
 Fifty-fifth Legislature                  Second Regular Session - 2000
                                       IN THE SENATE
                                    SENATE BILL NO. 1371
                                   BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
  1                                        AN ACT
  4        RECTION.
  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
 13    of 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 5:00 p.m. of the day before the election.
 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 enclose his ballot  or  ballots
 30    in  an  envelope  to  be  supplied by the clerk and seal the same. The elector
 31    shall then place the secrecy envelope in a return envelope, together with  the
 32    form  of  oath  of  qualification  executed  by  him, and address and mail, or
 33    deliver, the same to the clerk. The absentee ballot must be  received  by  the
 34    clerk, not later than 8:00 p.m. on the day of the election, before such ballot
 35    may be counted.
 36        Any  elector  physically  unable to mark his own ballot may receive assis-
 37    tance in marking his ballot from the officer delivering same or  an  available
 38    person  of  his  own choosing. In the event the officer is requested to render
 39    assistance in marking an absent elector's ballot, the officer shall  ascertain
 40    the  desires of the elector and shall vote the applicant's ballot accordingly.
 41    No election officer or any other  person  assisting  a  disabled  voter  shall
 42    attempt to influence the vote of such elector in any manner.
 43        The  written  applications  shall  be  kept  by the clerk as a part of the
  1    records of the election and he shall, on the day of the  election  and  before
  2    the  polling  places  are  closed, deliver to the proper board of election all
  3    such envelopes together with a list, compiled and signed by him, of the  elec-
  4    tors making application to vote in absentia.
  5        The board of election shall verify all return envelopes delivered to it by
  6    the  clerk against the names appearing on the said list, open the return enve-
  7    lopes and examine the elector's oath. If these are found to be in  order,  the
  8    ballots shall remain in the secrecy envelopes  and be placed in the ballot box
  9    in  the  same manner as though the elector were personally present and voting;
 10    and the voter's name shall thereupon be subscribed  in  any  polling  book  or
 11    other record kept at such election.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
                     RS 097000C1 
     The purpose of this legislation is to re-set the deadline for filing absentee ballots 
     to the clerk in a school election to 5 p.m. the day before the election instead of 1
     hour prior to the opening of the poll. 
                     FISCAL NOTE 
     This proposal would not affect the state's general fund. It is projected that savings
     in staff costs would result for the school district's budget. This will vary by
     Contact:             Senator Shawn Keough - 332-1340 
          Marvene Shaw, Clerk, Lake Pend Oreille School District - 208-263-2184 
                                        STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                                S 1371