HB491 (2021) Detail

Relative to over voted ballots.


HB 491  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0804

11/08

 

HOUSE BILL 491

 

AN ACT relative to over voted ballots.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Porter, Hills. 1; Rep. Ley, Ches. 9

 

COMMITTEE: Election Law

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires that ballots that include a federal office and which contain more than the allowable number of votes for an office on the ballot be returned to the voter for possible correction before the ballot is counted.  This bill also requires the number of over voted ballots be included in the return for each election that includes a federal 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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0804

11/

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT relative to over voted ballots.

 

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

 

1  New Paragraph; Electronic Ballot Counting Devices; Rules; Over Voted Ballots.  Amend RSA 656:42 by inserting after paragraph IX the following new paragraph:

X.  To comply with section 301(a) of the Help America Vote Act of 2002, Public Law 107-252 and RSA 659:64, the vendor programming the electronic ballot counting device shall require that a ballot that includes a federal office and which contains more than the allowable number of votes for an office on the ballot, known as an "over voted ballot", be returned to the election day voter for possible correction before the ballot is counted.  The secretary of state shall establish protocols for local election officials to ensure that voters have the opportunity, in a private and independent manner, to change the ballot or correct any error before the ballot is counted, including the opportunity to correct the error through the issuance of a replacement ballot.  Ballots of absentee voters and those who choose not to correct or replace the ballot shall be placed in an auxiliary compartment and counted by election officials.

2  New Subparagraph; Elections; General Content of Returns; Over Voted Ballots.  Amend RSA 659:73, IV by inserting after subparagraph (j) the following new subparagraph:

(k)  For each election that includes a federal office, the number of over voted ballots.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 30 days after its passage.

Links

HB491 at GenCourtMobile
HB491 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
March 5, 2021 House Hearing
March 8, 2021 House Exec Session
March 10, 2021 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HB491 Revision: 31823 Date: Jan. 11, 2021, 2:41 p.m.

Docket


March 10, 2021: Executive Session: 03/10/2021 10:20 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/95087806399 (if necessary)


March 8, 2021: Executive Session: 03/08/2021 01:00 pm Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/91394352757


March 5, 2021: Public Hearing: 03/05/2021 10:00 am Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/99327579520 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.


Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Election Law HJ 2 P. 51