HB 23/LM (BR 264) - A. Arnold, L. Belcher, J. Bruce, P. Clark, J. Comer, C. Hoffman, F. Nesler
AN ACT relating to absentee voting and declaring an emergency.
Amend KRS 117.077 to permit a voter or spouse with a medical emergency occurring within 14 days of an election to apply for an absentee ballot; amend KRS 117.085 to provide that absentee ballot application may be requested by the voter, spouse, parents, or children of the voter, but shall be restricted to the use of the voter; provide that voters who change residence to a different state while the registration books are closed in the new state of residence before a presidential election may apply for an absentee ballot; permit members of the Armed Forces, dependents of members of the Armed Forces, and citizens residing overseas, students, voters who have surgery scheduled that will require hospitalization on election day and those voters' spouses, and voters who change their place of residence to a different state before a presidential election, to apply to vote absentee on a voting machine in the clerk's office; permit staff of the county board of elections, State Board of Elections, and deputy county clerk to vote absentee on a voting machine in the clerk's office; require that the absentee ballot envelope provides for signatures of 2 witnesses if the voter signs the form with a mark instead of a signature; permit a voter qualified for a mail-in ballot who doesn't receive it in a reasonable time to obtain a second ballot provide for record-keeping of ballots; specify that the first voted ballot received counts; require that a ballot returned after the first is returned shall be marked as cancelled; amend KRS 117.086 to require a person having a power of attorney who signs the detachable flap and outer envelope for an absentee ballot to complete a voter assistance form; require 2 witnesses if a voter signs with a mark; permit all voters qualified to vote prior to the election under KRS 117.085 to vote in the clerk's office; amend KRS 117.087 to require a person having a power of attorney who signs the detachable flap and outer envelope for an absentee ballot to complete a voter assistance form; require 2 witnesses if a voter signs with a mark; EMERGENCY.
HB 23 - AMENDMENTS
SCS/LM - Retain provisions of GA version of the bill and provide that county boards of elections meet immediately following the effective date of the Act to alter precinct boundaries and bring them into compliance with new county commissioner and justice of the peace districts: require that any redrawing of precincts be accomplished no later than 45 days after the effective date of the Act; provide that the State Board of Elections adopt an expedited schedule so that the alteration of precinct boundaries be accomplished within the time frame established by the State Board of Elections.
SCA (1/Title, A. Robinson) - Make Title Amendment.
(Prefiled by the sponsor(s))
Jan 8-introduced in House; to Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs (H)
Jan 9-posting waived
Jan 17-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
Jan 18-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, January 22, 2002
Jan 22-3rd reading, passed 95-0; received in Senate
Jan 24-to State and Local Government (S)
Feb 5-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title)
Feb 6-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 7, 2002
Feb 7-3rd reading, passed 33-0 with Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title)
Feb 8-received in House; posted for passage for concurrence in Senate Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title)
Feb 11-House concurred in Senate Committee Substitute, committee amendment (1-title) ; passed 100-0
Feb 12-enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
Feb 15-signed by Governor (Acts ch. 3)