SB113 (2017) Detail

Relative to an electronic poll book trial program.


CHAPTER 200

SB 113 - FINAL VERSION

 

03/09/2017   0538s

1Jun2017... 1770h

1Jun2017... 2081h

2017 SESSION

17-0949

03/01

 

SENATE BILL 113

 

AN ACT relative to an electronic poll book trial program.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Lasky, Dist 13; Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Sen. Innis, Dist 24; Sen. McGilvray, Dist 16; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Woodburn, Dist 1; Rep. P. Long, Hills. 10

 

COMMITTEE: Election Law and Internal Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill authorizes a trial of electronic poll book devices for voter registration and check-in.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

03/09/2017   0538s

1Jun2017... 1770h

1Jun2017... 2081h 17-0949

03/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT relative to an electronic poll book trial program.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

200:1  New Subdivision; Electronic Poll Books.  Amend RSA 652 by inserting after section 26 the following new subdivision:

Electronic Poll Books

652:27  Electronic Poll Books.

I.  Cities and towns are hereby authorized to conduct a trial of electronic poll book devices for voter registration and check-in for elections.  The trial shall be compliant with all statutes directly or indirectly related to voter checklists and maintenance of the statewide centralized voter registration database including the processes related to voter registration, voter check-in and check-out, the processing of absentee ballots, the collection of all fields of data required for registration or check-in, and the delivery of that data to the secretary of state in a format compatible with the statewide centralized voter registration database.  The provisions of RSA 654:34, RSA 659:55, RSA 659:13, RSA 659:14, and RSA 659:23, as they relate to manual entries on a paper checklist, are hereby waived in order to accommodate an electronic poll book, provided the same information required of the voter is obtained and recorded by the electronic poll book, and can be retrieved and printed at any time including during an election.  In addition, nonpublic data related to individual voter data shall remain confidential, and no voter data shall be released or retained by an electronic poll book vendor, including its agents, or any company or individual that provides software, hardware, or services to the vendor for any purpose.  An electronic poll book vendor shall not have access to any voter data except as specifically necessary to setup, maintain, or train for an electronic poll book program authorized under RSA 652:27.  Adequate back-up systems shall be in place as determined by the local election officials for local elections and the secretary of state for all other elections.  A back-up system shall include a "real time" download of voters who have checked in or registered on the day of the election.  The electronic poll book shall have the ability to generate a paper voter checklist completely marked to reflect participation in the election up to the time of any system failure or malfunction.  A sufficient number of high speed printers shall be available in the polling place to produce a back-up paper checklist for use in the event of a system failure.  A marked checklist shall be printed upon the completion of every election along with any reports required by statute and shall be retained by the clerk.

II.  The cities and towns shall assume all costs associated with electronic poll books.  No electronic poll book trial program may proceed unless the electronic poll books system and application has been recommended for approval by an evaluator of electronic election systems using requirements established by the secretary of state.  Within 30 days of the effective date of this section, the secretary of state shall designate at least one evaluator of electronic election systems to draft test cases, conduct tests, and make recommendations.  Recommendations to the secretary of state from an evaluator of electronic election systems shall be conditioned upon safe use procedures.  The secretary of state may approve electronic poll book systems based on recommendations from an evaluator of electronic election systems.  No city or town may use an electronic poll book system that has not been approved by the secretary of state.  The secretary of state, within 30 days of the effective date of this section, shall prepare requirements for conducting a trial of electronic poll book devices that outline specific conditions that must be met for compliance with this section.  An electronic poll book trial program must originate with a city or town election before becoming eligible for use at a state election in the same city or town.

III.  The city or town clerk shall file with the secretary of state all documentation that is necessary to show that all requirements in this section have been met no later than 30 days before an electronic poll book trial program shall take place.  Within 30 days after the initial use of electronic poll books in accordance with this section, the city or town shall submit a report to the secretary of state, who shall review such reports and forward them to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, and the chairpersons of the house and senate standing committees with jurisdiction over election law.  Each report shall describe the outcome of the program, addressing voter experiences, wait times, voter throughput times, personnel costs, hardware and software costs, and the completeness and accuracy of the data recorded, reported, and submitted for import to the statewide centralized voter registration database.

200:2  Report.  The secretary of state shall file a report with the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, and the chairpersons of the house and senate standing committees with jurisdiction over election law, no later than November 1, 2021, that lays out a plan for the implementation of an electronic poll book system based on successful electronic poll book trials conducted under RSA 652:27.

200:3  Repeal.  RSA 652:27, relative to electronic poll books, is repealed.

200:4  Effective Date.  

I.  Section 3 of this act shall take effect January 1, 2023.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect 30 days after its passage.

 

Approved: July 05, 2017

Effective Date:

I. Section 3 effective January 1, 2023

II. Remainder effective August 4, 2017

Links

SB113 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 21, 2017 Senate Hearing
March 9, 2017 Senate Floor Vote
April 4, 2017 House Hearing
May 16, 2017 House Exec Session
June 1, 2017 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB113 Revision: 1754 Date: July 6, 2017, 1:10 p.m.
SB113 Revision: 1755 Date: June 8, 2017, 2:42 p.m.
SB113 Revision: 1756 Date: June 2, 2017, 11:52 a.m.
SB113 Revision: 1757 Date: March 30, 2017, 3:08 p.m.
SB113 Revision: 1758 Date: Jan. 24, 2017, 11:13 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 19, 2017 Introduced 01/19/2017 and Referred to Election Law and Internal Affairs; SJ 5
Feb. 21, 2017 Hearing: 02/21/2017, Room 102, LOB, 09:00 am; SC 11
March 9, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-0538s, 03/09/2017; SC 12
March 9, 2017 Committee Amendment # 2017-0538s, AA, VV; 03/09/2017; SJ 8
March 9, 2017 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2017-0538s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 03/09/2017; SJ 8
March 9, 2017 Introduced 03/09/2017 and referred to Election Law HJ 10 P. 76
April 4, 2017 Public Hearing: 04/04/2017 10:40 AM LOB 308
May 9, 2017 Full Committee Work Session: 05/09/2017 10:00 AM LOB 308
May 16, 2017 Executive Session: 05/16/2017 10:20 AM LOB 308
June 1, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-1770h for 06/01/2017 (Vote 19-1; RC) HC 26 P. 13
June 1, 2017 Amendment # 2017-1770h: AA VV 06/01/2017 HJ 17 P. 116
June 1, 2017 FLAM # 2017-2081h (Rep. Kurk): AA VV 06/01/2017 HJ 17 P. 117
June 1, 2017 Ought to Pass with Amendment 1770h and 2081h: MA VV 06/01/2017 HJ 17 P. 118
June 8, 2017 Sen. Birdsell Moved to Concur with the House Amendment, MA, VV; 06/08/2017; SJ 19
June 22, 2017 Enrolled 06/22/2017 HJ 19 P. 23
June 22, 2017 Enrolled (In recess 06/22/2017); SJ 20
July 5, 2017 Signed by the Governor on 07/05/2017; Chapter 0200
Jan. 1, 2023 I. Section 3 Effective 01/01/2023
Aug. 4, 2017 II. Remainder Effective 08/04/2017