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Mail Ballot Return Options Requirements & Procedures

Concerning the return of voted mail ballots, and, in connection therewith, removing the requirement that electors provide postage on mail ballot return envelopes and encouraging the use of state-owned and convenient commercial properties for stand-alone drop-off locations for deposit of mail ballots.
2016 Regular Session
Elections & Redistricting
Bill Summary

Section 1 of the bill:
  • Allows the secretary of state to promulgate rules for the installation and accessibility of boxes at ballot drop-off locations for persons with disabilities;
  • Makes state-owned properties presumptively suitable for use as stand-alone drop-off locations where electors may deposit completed ballots; and
  • Encourages counties to identify and utilize commercial properties for stand-alone drop-off locations.

Section 2 :

  • Removes the requirement that an elector provide postage on mail ballot return envelopes;
  • Requires counties to work with the United States postal service to ensure the efficient delivery of mail ballot return envelopes, and to describe this effort in its mail ballot plan; and
  • Directs the secretary of state to use federal 'Help America Vote Act' grant moneys to purchase at least one 24-hour drop box for each county in the state; except that counties may request a waiver from receiving such boxes.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




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