SB 34 Extends voter registration requirements
Sponsor: Wallingford
LR Number: 0596H.05T Fiscal Notes
Committee: Financial and Governmental Organizations and Elections
Last Action: 6/25/2015 - Signed by Governor Journal Page: S1742-1743
Title: HCS SCS SBs 34 & 105 Calendar Position:
Effective Date: Emergency Clause
House Handler: Davis

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HCS/SCS/SB's 34 & 105 - This act allows covered voters who have been discharged from military service, have returned from military deployment or activation, or have separated from employment outside of the United States after the voter registration deadline to register to vote in person until 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before an election. An election authority may accept an application for a military-overseas ballot if received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before an election if the authority determines that circumstances warrant such acceptance.

This provision is identical to a provision in HCS/HB 67 (2015) and similar to a provision in HB 362 (2015).

Under current law, certain military and overseas voters who are not registered to vote are only permitted to vote in elections for federal offices. This act allows covered voters to vote in elections for statewide offices, state legislative offices, or statewide initiatives, in addition to federal offices.

The act also permits persons who participate in the Address Confidentiality Program to vote by absentee ballot. The act further provides the procedure for applying for an absentee ballot when doing so for such a reason.

This provision is substantially similar to a provision in HCS/HB 67 (2015) and similar to a provision in HB 362 (2015).

This act contains an emergency clause.

SCOTT SVAGERA