The bill specifies the following requirements in connection with the administration of ballots mailed to electors towards the end of the voting period:
- Commencing the 15th day before an election through the 8th day before an election, section 1 of the bill requires the county clerk and recorder (clerk) to process all voter registration applications and updates to a voter registration record that requires a new ballot to be sent to an elector within 48 hours .
- Section 3 permits an eligible elector to obtain a replacement ballot if the ballot that was originally mailed to the elector was destroyed, spoiled, lost, or for some other reason not received by the elector. The bill specifies the process by which the elector requests a replacement ballot.
- The clerk is required to mail a replacement ballot to each eligible elector who, after the date on which mail ballots are sent, updated their voter registration address or registered to vote.
- The bill requires the clerk to deliver any original or replacement ballot to the United States postal service within one business day after processing a registration application or update to a voter registration record that requires a new ballot to be sent to an elector.
- Commencing a certain period before the election, the bill requires the clerk to mail all mail ballots to electors by first class mail.
- Section 4 imposes a duty on any person responsible for preparing, issuing, transporting, or mailing ballots who has personal knowledge that mail ballots under that person's care have been either lost or stolen or will, for any reason, not be timely delivered to electors, to report the issue to the county clerk and recorder and to the secretary of state. A violation results in a civil penalty.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)