SB70 (2023) Detail

Relative to the establishment of an election information portal.


SB 70-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2023 SESSION

23-1013

08/10

 

SENATE BILL 70-FN

 

AN ACT relative to the establishment of an election information portal.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Sen. Murphy, Dist 16

 

COMMITTEE: Election Law and Municipal Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill directs the secretary of state to establish an election information portal.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

23-1013

08/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Three

 

AN ACT relative to the establishment of an election information portal.

 

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

 

1  Purpose.  It is the intent of the legislature to modernize the application processes for new voter registration, requesting absentee ballots, and requesting changes to name, domicile, and party affiliation in the statewide voter database.

2  New Subdivision; Election Information Portal.  Amend RSA 652 by inserting after section 27 the following new subdivision:

Election Information Portal

652:28  Election Information Portal.

I.  The secretary of state is hereby authorized to develop, in consultation with the department of information technology, the department of safety, division of motor vehicles, and city and town clerks and supervisors of the checklist, an online election information portal which citizens may use to:

(a)  Complete a new voter application.

(b)  Request an absentee ballot.

(c) Request changes to the statewide centralized voter registration database, such as name, domicile address, mailing address, and party affiliation.

II.  A request by the voter placed in the election information portal shall be submitted to the appropriate municipal official for verification and processing per RSA 654:7, RSA 654:8, RSA 654:16 through RSA 654:19, and RSA 654:34, except that the information may be provided in a format the secretary of state deems suitable for electronic submission.  Any information submitted to the portal shall be handled in a manner consistent with relevant voter and election laws, including RSA 654, and shall be retrievable and printable at any time including during the processing of the information.  In addition, nonpublic data related to individual voter data shall remain confidential.

III.  The secretary of state shall not implement any election information portal established pursuant to this section, such that the public can access or otherwise utilize such portal, until January 1, 2024.

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

 

LBA

23-1013

Revised 1/20/23

 

SB 70-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to the establishment of an election information portal.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2023

FY 2024

FY 2025

FY 2026

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

$477,000

$268,000

$274,000

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

LOCAL:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable

Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill authorized the Secretary of State to develop an online election information portal, in consultation with the Department of Information Technology, the Department of Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles, and city and town clerks and supervisors of the checklist, for people who may want to complete a new voter application, request an absentee ballot and request changes to the statewide centralized voter registration database, such as name, domicile address, mailing address, and party affiliation.

 

The Department of State indicates this bill would increase State General Fund expenditures starting in FY 2024.  The estimated cost to design, build, and test the online election information portal is between $250k to $300k with ongoing maintenance fess of approximately $84,000 per year.  The Department also indicates they will need two positions to create and maintain the portal (An Information Technology Manager V, labor grade 32, hired at a step 1 and a Program Assistant III, labor grade 17, hired at a step 1). The Department states the new system would take a minimum of 8 months to design, bid, build, test, and create training materials for the election information portal and the earliest it would be operational is May 2024.

 

Costs

FY 2024

FY 2025

FY 2026

New Portal

$300,000

$0

$0

Maintenance Fees

$21,000

 (3 months)

$84,000

$84,000

Information Technology Manager

$95,000

(10 months)

$113,000

$117,000

Program Assistant

$61,000

(10months)

$71,000

$73,000

Total

$477,000

$268,000

$274,000

 

This bill does not provide authorization or an appropriation for new positions.

 

The Department of Information Technology states they spoke with the Secretary of State's office and confirmed the Department will not require any resources to support this effort.

 

The Department of Safety states there will be an indeterminable increase on State expenditures. The Department states there is an unknown cost associated with forms, rulemaking, system updates, and the amount Department of Motor Vehicle is tasked with overseeing the process.

 

The New Hampshire Municipal Association states this bill will require additional training of election officials, increasing costs in the form of wages and compensation to officials.  As a result, local expenditures would increase in FY 2024 and each year thereafter.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of State, Department of Information Technology, Department of Safety and New Hampshire Municipal Association

 

Links

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 24, 2023 Senate Hearing
Jan. 26, 2023 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB70 Revision: 37584 Date: Jan. 20, 2023, 12:18 p.m.

Docket


Jan. 26, 2023: Ought to Pass: MA, VV; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; 01/26/2023; SJ 5


Jan. 24, 2023: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 01/26/2023; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 7A


Jan. 19, 2023: Hearing: 01/24/2023, Room 103, LOB, 09:15 am; SC 7


Jan. 18, 2023: Introduced 01/05/2023 and Referred to Election Law and Municipal Affairs; SJ 4