Bill Details - HB505 (2019)

HB 505 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0155

11/04

 

HOUSE BILL 505

 

AN ACT allowing voters to vote for multiple candidates for an office.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Abramson, Rock. 20

 

COMMITTEE: Election Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill eliminates statutory restrictions on the ability of voters to vote for multiple candidates for the same office.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0155

11/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT allowing voters to vote for multiple candidates for an office.

 

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

 

1  Designation of Office.  Amend RSA 656:6 to read as follows:

656:6  Designation of Office.  Immediately to the left of the set of party columns shall be an offices column which shall list the offices, each preceded by the word "For," for which the candidates whose names are listed in the party columns have been nominated, as in "For Governor."  Below each such phrase shall be printed in small but easily legible letters "Vote for not more than ____ (here insert [a number designating how many persons are to be voted for] the total number of candidates)."

2  Electronic Ballot Counting Device Testing.  Amend RSA 656:42, VIII(e)(4) to read as follows:

(4)  The town or city clerk shall mark the test ballots in such a way as to demonstrate a vote for each candidate on at least one test ballot, as well as votes for less than and more than the number of candidates that may be [voted for] elected to an office, write-ins, multiple votes for a candidate who appears in more than one party column for the same office on a general election ballot, and ballots on which there are no votes.  The clerk shall mark as many as possible of the combinations of choices that a voter may indicate on the ballot.

3  Instructions to Voters.  Amend RSA 659:17 to read as follows:

659:17  Marking the Ballot; Instructions to Voters.

The secretary of state shall provide on the top of the general election ballot the following voting instructions.  The secretary of state is authorized to replace the phrase "Make the appropriate mark" with an appropriate description and example of the mark to be made for the type of ballot in use, such as "Make a cross (X) in the box," "Completely fill in the oval," or "Complete the arrow:"

1)  To Vote

Make the appropriate mark to the right of your choice or choices.  [For each office vote for not more than the number of candidates stated in the sentence:  "Vote for not more than ___."  If you vote for more than the stated number of candidates, your vote for that office will not be counted.]

2)  To Vote by Write-In

To vote for a person whose name is not printed on the ballot, write in the name of the person in the "write-in" space.  Make the appropriate mark to the right of your choice.

4  Town Elections; Preparation of Voting Materials.  Amend RSA 669:23 to read as follows:

669:23  Preparation of Voting Materials.  The town clerk shall prepare the official ballots for the town and shall arrange the names of candidates upon said ballots in parallel columns.  Immediately above the names of each block of candidates shall be printed the title of the office for which they are candidates, such as "For Selectman."  Below the title of each office shall be printed in small but easily legible type the words "Vote for not more than (here insert [a number designating how many persons are to be voted for] the total number of candidates)."  Directly to the right of the name of each candidate there shall be a square.  Whenever there are 2 or more candidates for the same office the names shall be printed upon the ballot in the alphabetical order of their surnames according to the alphabetization procedure established in RSA 656:5-a.  Following the names printed on the ballot under the title of each office, there shall be as many blank lines as there are persons to be elected to that office.

5  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Election Law HJ 3 P. 17
Jan. 29, 2019 Public Hearing: 01/29/2019 10:00 am LOB 308
Feb. 5, 2019 Executive Session: 02/05/2019 10:00 am LOB 308
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 19-0; CC)
Feb. 14, 2019 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/14/2019 (Vote 19-0; CC) HC 11 P. 5
Feb. 14, 2019 Removed from Consent (Rep. Abramson) 02/14/2019 HJ 5 P. 5
Special Order to 2/27/2019 Without Objection HJ 5 P. 77
Feb. 28, 2019 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA DV 305-22 02/28/2019 HJ 7 P. 59

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 29, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 5, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 14, 2019 House Floor Vote
Feb. 27, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB505 Revision: 4782 Date: Jan. 15, 2019, 11:30 a.m.