SB 282
Modifies provisions relating to elections
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LR Number:
1229S.02I
Last Action:
2/24/2021 - Hearing Conducted S Local Government and Elections Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2021

Current Bill Summary

SB 282 - This act modifies various provisions relating to elections.

ABSENTEE VOTING

(Sections 115.277, 115.279, 115.283, 115.285, and 115.291)

Under current law, any person seeking to cast an absentee ballot must provide an excuse. This act provides that any person may cast an absentee ballot in person at a place determined by the election authority without stating a reason.

This provision is substantially similar to a provision in SB 860 (2020) and HCS/HB 1761 (2020).

MAIL-IN VOTING

(Section 115.302)

The act repeals a provision of law that expired in 2020 allowing for mail-in voting.

VOTER IDENTIFICATION

(Section 115.427)

The act also modifies provisions governing forms of identification required to vote. Under current law, any person seeking to vote in a public election must provide a certain form of identification, provided that any person lacking such identification can vote without such a form of identification through the execution of a statement under the penalty of perjury averring, among other things, that the person is who they say they are. This act repeals the provision allowing persons to vote through execution of the statement under penalty of perjury. The act additionally creates new provisions governing the use of provisional ballots in the case of persons who do not possess the proper form of identification in order to vote.

The act repeals a provision requiring the Secretary of State to provide advance notice of the identification requirements for voting in elections as well as a provision requiring all costs associated with the implementation of the voter identification law to be reimbursed from the general revenue by an appropriation for that purpose.

These provisions are identical to SB 14 (2021) and provisions in SB 818 (2020) and substantially similar to provisions in HB 334 (2021) and HB 1600 (2020).

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Amendments

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