SB489 (2020) Detail

Relative to the absentee ballot application process.


SB 489  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-3013

11/03

 

SENATE BILL 489

 

AN ACT relative to the absentee ballot application process.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. French, Dist 7; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Rep. Hill, Merr. 3; Rep. Pearl, Merr. 26

 

COMMITTEE: Election Law and Municipal Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes procedures for the verification of certain mail-in absentee voters.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-3013

11/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT relative to the absentee ballot application process.

 

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

 

1  New Section; Pre-Election Procedure; Verification of Mail-In Absentee Voter.  Amend RSA 657 by inserting after section 17-a the following new section:

657:17-b  Verification of Mail-In Absentee Voter.  

I.  If an absentee voter indicates in the mailed-in absentee ballot application form that such voter wishes the absentee ballot to be mailed to an address other than that shown in the official checklist, and such voter returns the absentee ballot by mail, such voter shall be treated as a verified voter provided:

(a)  The voter voluntarily shows the clerk a photo identification that meets the requirements of RSA 659:13 prior to election day;

(b)  The voter voluntarily completes a challenged voter affidavit prior to election day in the same manner as is required for an election day voter who does not present a qualified voter identification; or

(c)  The voter voluntarily includes a notarized signature on his or her completed absentee ballot application form.

II.  The clerk shall mark the absentee ballot affidavit envelope "voter verified" and note on the clerk's list of absentee voters that the voter has been verified.  The verified voter's signatures on the application for an absentee ballot shall not be compared to the voter's signature on the absentee ballot affidavit on election day.

III.  A voter who does not provide verification pursuant to subparagraphs I(a)-(c) shall not be treated as a verified voter, and his or her signature on the application for an absentee ballot shall be compared to his or her signature on the absentee ballot affidavit on election day in the same manner as other voters.

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

Links

SB489 at GenCourtMobile
SB489 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 16, 2020 Senate Hearing
Feb. 13, 2020 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB489 Revision: 7721 Date: Dec. 23, 2019, 5:31 p.m.

Docket


Feb. 13, 2020: Inexpedient to Legislate, RC 14Y-10N, MA === BILL KILLED ===; 02/13/2020; SJ 4


Feb. 13, 2020: Special Order to the end of the Regular Calendar, Without Objection, MA; 02/13/2020; SJ 4


Feb. 13, 2020: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate, 02/13/2020; SC 6


Jan. 16, 2020: Hearing: 01/16/2020, Room 102, LOB, 11:00 am; SC 2


Jan. 8, 2020: To Be Introduced 01/08/2020 and Referred to Election Law and Municipal Affairs; SJ 1