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thumbs_up_icon.jpgHB404 - Elections, write-in candidates, registration with judge of probate or Secretary of State prior to election required, compliance with Fair Campaign Practices Act and State Ethics Law required, procedure for counting write-in votes, Sec. 17-6-28 am'd.

Sponsor: Representative C. Newton

Summary/Synopsis: This bill provides that for a write-in ballot to be counted, the candidate must have registered with the secretary of state and must be in compliance with the Fair Elections Practices Act and the State Ethics Act. 
League Action and Justification: LWVAL supports HB404. While this would limit who could be a write-in candidate, it is appropriate that such candidates should be required to be in compliance with the laws relating to other candidates. 

Bill Progress in Legislature:
3/31/2011: 1st Read and referred to 4/14/2011: 2nd read and placed on calendar; pending 3rd read
5/5/201: Motion to Read a 3rd Rime and Pass adopted
5/24/2011: 1st Read in Senate and sent to
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