SB 55 Absentee ballots; procedure for various deadlines and ballot requirements.
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Summary as passed: (all summaries)
Absentee ballots; various deadlines related to ballot preparation and receipt; write-in absentee ballots.   Requires that ballots be prepared and available for absentee voting not later than 45 days before any election rather than 45 days before the November election and 30 days before other elections.  The bill also requires preparation of ballots 45 days in advance of special elections for federal office and allows, if necessary, preparation as soon after that deadline as possible for other special elections.  Various deadlines for nominations and filings are adjusted in response to the ballot preparation change. 

The bill provides that voters who are entitled to vote absentee due to active duty military service, membership in the merchant marines, or temporary residence outside of the country, or the spouse or dependent residing with such a voter, may use a write-in absentee ballot to vote in state and local elections, as well as federal elections. The write-in absentee ballot may also serve as an absentee ballot application and voter registration application for state and local elections, as well as federal elections. Such voters may apply for ballots for multiple elections for a period of one year or through the end of the federal election cycle in which the voter submits his registration, whichever is longer.  Current law allows multiple ballots for a period covering two federal elections.  The bill also adds a requirement that the electoral board send such military and overseas voters an available printed absentee ballot within three business days.  The bill also allows the counting of absentee ballots received from such voters after the close of the polls and two business days before the State Board of Elections meets to ascertain the results and allows adjusting the final returns to include such ballots.  

This bill is identical to HB 1235.

Full text:
01/04/10  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10100889D  pdf | impact statement
02/09/10  Senate: Committee substitute printed 10105235D-S1  pdf | impact statement
03/05/10  House: Committee substitute printed 10105663D-H1  pdf
03/22/10  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB55ER)  pdf | impact statement
04/11/10  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0449)  pdf

Status:
01/04/10  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10100889D
01/04/10  Senate: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/26/10  Senate: Assigned to P&E sub: Campaigns and Elections
02/09/10  Senate: Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (14-Y 1-N)
02/09/10  Senate: Committee substitute printed 10105235D-S1
02/11/10  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/12/10  Senate: Read second time
02/12/10  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/12/10  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 10105235D-S1
02/12/10  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB55S1
02/15/10  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 1-N)
02/17/10  House: Placed on Calendar
02/17/10  House: Read first time
02/17/10  House: Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/19/10  House: Assigned P & E sub: #2 Elections
03/02/10  House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
03/05/10  House: Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
03/05/10  House: Committee substitute printed 10105663D-H1
03/08/10  House: Read second time
03/09/10  House: Read third time
03/09/10  House: Committee substitute agreed to 10105663D-H1
03/09/10  House: Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB55H1
03/09/10  House: Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
03/09/10  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
03/10/10  Senate: House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/10/10  Senate: Title replaced 10105663D-H1
03/22/10  Senate: Enrolled
03/22/10  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB55ER)
03/22/10  House: Signed by Speaker
03/25/10  Senate: Signed by President
04/11/10  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 449 (effective 7/1/10)
04/11/10  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0449)