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HOUSE BILL NO. 95
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H0095......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
VOTE BY MAIL - Amends existing law to provide that any precinct may be
designated by a board of county commissioners as a vote by mail precinct;
and to allow other voting places within a precinct.
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-ninth Legislature First Regular Session - 2007
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 95
BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO ELECTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 34-308, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE THAT
3 ANY PRECINCT MAY BE DESIGNATED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AS A
4 MAIL BALLOT PRECINCT AND TO ALLOW OTHER VOTING PLACES WITHIN A PRECINCT.
5 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 SECTION 1. That Section 34-308, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
7 amended to read as follows:
8 34-308. MAIL BALLOT PRECINCT. Any precinct within the county which con-
9 tains no more than one hundred twenty-five (125) registered electors at the
10 last general election, may be designated by the board of county commissioners
11 a mail ballot precinct no later than April 1 in an even-numbered year. Such a
12 designation shall apply thereafter to all elections conducted within the pre-
13 cinct until revoked by the board of county commissioners. Having designated a
14 mail ballot precinct, there shall be no may be a voting place established
15 within the precinct, at the discretion of the board of county commissioners.
16 Elections in a mail ballot precinct shall be conducted in a manner consistent
17 with absentee voting with the following special provisions.
18 (1) The clerk shall issue a ballot, by mail, to every registered voter in
19 a mail ballot precinct, and shall affix to the return envelope, postage suffi-
20 cient to return the ballot.
21 (2) The ballot shall be mailed no sooner than twenty-four (24) days prior
22 to the election day and no later than the fourteenth day prior to the elec-
24 (3) The clerk shall make necessary provisions to segregate mail ballot
25 precinct ballots by precinct, and for all purposes of the election, the pre-
26 cinct integrity shall be maintained.
27 (4) The clerk shall make available in the office of the clerk, registra-
28 tion on election day for any individual who is eligible to vote and who
29 resides in a mail ballot precinct and has not previously registered. The clerk
30 shall provide an official polling place in the office of the clerk and a qual-
31 ified elector who registers on election day and resides in a mail ballot pre-
32 cinct shall be allowed to vote at the office of the clerk.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This bill removes the size limitation and allows the county
commissioners to designate any precinct as a "vote by mail"
precinct. In addition, it allows the county commissioners to
have multiple polling places in the county without requiring one
in each precinct.
None to the general fund. The increased postage expense to the
counties is expected to be offset by lower costs in voting
machines and election monitoring staff.
Name: John Rusche
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE H 95