HB577 - Registrars of voters, serving while running for elected office prohibited, Sec. 17-3-2 am'd.

Sponsor(s): Representative Ford

Summary/Synopsis: The registrar of elections or one working under his or her direction would not be allowed to serve in that position if he or she is running for political office. The individual would be required to take a leave of absence until he or she either loses the election or completes the elected term. This applies only in counties of at least 600,000 in population.

League Action and Justification: Monitor.

For purposes of transparency and fairness, League positions support the idea that a candidate should not have access to the registrar's information and tools. However, League positions on election laws call for equal application of election laws throughout the state, and the restrictions in this law would apply to only one county at the present time. The bill will be monitored for member and public information purposes.

Bill Progress in Legislature:

3/05/2014: Read for the first time and referred to the