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Legislation to watch in 2006

HB383 - Sponsored by Representatives Vance, Thigpen, Boyd, Martin, Boothe and Gipson 

HB727 - Sponsored by Representative McLaughlin

SB23 - Sponsored by Senators Dial and Dixon

(These are the same legislation.)

About the legislation

Bill Synopsis: "Under existing law, voters are not permitted to submit their absentee ballot applications or absentee ballots to the absentee ballot manager by facsimile (fax) device.
     This bill would:
     Provide for a system by which military personnel, the spouses and dependents of military personnel, and other individuals qualified to vote by absentee ballot pursuant to the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act may submit their absentee ballot applications or absentee ballots to the absentee election manager by facsimile (fax) device through the Federal Voting Assistance Programs Electronic Transmission (Faxing) Service.
     Permit multiple individuals who are qualified to vote by absentee ballot pursuant to
the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act and who are working or deployed in a combat zone to submit their absentee ballot materials in the same envelope or package.
     Require county and municipal governing bodies to provide the absentee election managers with a post office box or other secure mail receptacle through which to receive absentee ballot applications and absentee ballots, prohibit changes to the address for the post office box or mail receptacle after October 1 of the year immediately preceding a regularly-scheduled election year, provide that the state shall fully reimburse the county or municipal governing bodies for expenses associated with these requirements and would require county and municipal governing bodies to
provide the absentee election managers a facsimile (fax) device with a dedicated phone line for use in receiving absentee voting materials submitted by, or in delivering absentee voting materials to, certain categories of voters.
     Change existing law to state that the work shift must be at least 12 hours long to coincide with polling hours.
     Require the Secretary of State to consult with the Alabama League of Municipalities or its members regarding the content of voter lists produced by the statewide voter registration list for use in municipal elections.
Authorize the Secretary of State to providea municipal absentee election manager with
electronic access to the list of registered voters for his or her municipalitys election.
Require that the list of municipal voters who requested an absentee ballot be maintained by the municipal clerk for a period of 60 days and
then be sealed with the municipal records of the election after the 60-day period has elapsed.
     Permit a person who has applied for an absentee ballot to vote a provisional ballot at his or her polling place and have that ballot counted only if the voter surrenders his or her unmarked absentee ballot to the poll worker or attests that
he or she did not receive his or her absentee ballot from the absentee election manager and the board of registrars is able to confirm that the absentee election manager has not received the voters marked absentee ballot.
     Clarify that the absentee ballot application submitted by an individual qualified to vote byabsentee ballot pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act is valid for all primary, general, special, and municipal
elections to be held during the time period defined by the next two regularly scheduled general election cycles for federal office and would require the county and municipal absentee electionsmanagers to send the voter all ballots for elections in which he or she is qualified to vote, unless the voter states otherwise, and requires the Secretary of State, in consultation with circuit clerks, municipal clerks, boards of registrars, and
the Alabama Military Department, to prescribe rules for implementing these provisions.
     Require the Secretary of State to provide electronically to the general public information related to candidates and issues to be voted upon in elections for federal and state offices and issues."

LWVAL's Position

The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) believes that voting is a fundamental citizen right that must be guaranteed.* In its interpretation of this "Citizen's Right to Vote" Position, the LWVUS states:

"In order to ensure integrity and voter confidence in elections, the LWVUS supports the implementation of voting systems and procedures that are secure, accurate, recountable and accessible."

Read all LWVUS Position on Voting Rights in "Impact on Issues"
(See Voting Rights - Citizen's Right to Vote, pp. 4-8.)

The LWVAL holds this position on Election Law Reform.

* In addition to its own positions, LWV of Alabama also holds the positions of the LWV of the United States.

Progress of the Legislation

was first read in the House on 1/17/2006 and referred to the House Committee on Constitution and Elections (House C & E). 

HB727 was first read in the House on 3/2/06 and referred to the House C&E Committee. 

Both HB383 and HB727 are on the House C&E committee agenda for 3/8/06. It is unknown why these 2 identical House bills were introduced.

SB23 was first read in the Senate on 1/10/06 and referred to the Senate Committee on on Constitution, Campaign Finance, Ethics, and Elections (Senate C & E). It passed out of that committee with a favorable report and was placed on the Senate calendar on 2/7/06. 

The Senate indefinitely postponed consideration of the legislation on 4/6/06 thus killing the issue for 2006. (Neither HB383 or nor HB727 were considered by the House C &E committee during the session.)

LWVAL Action

LWVAL did not take action on these bills.



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