Reference is to Printer's Date 4/19/12-H.
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by adding an appropriately numbered SECTION at the end to read:
/ SECTION 5.A. Article 1, Chapter 13, Title 7 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
(A) Notwithstanding the provisions of
this chapter or Chapter 5 of this title, the authority charged
by law with conducting an election shall establish a procedure
by which a qualified elector may cast his ballot, without
excuse, during an early voting period for all elections. The
qualified elector may cast a ballot during an early voting
period pursuant to this section.
(B) Early voting centers must be established and maintained to ensure that voters may cast only one ballot.
(C) A qualified elector may cast his ballot at an early voting center in the county in which he resides.
(D) Each county board of registration and elections must establish at least one early voting center and may establish up to three early voting centers. The county board of registration and elections will determine the location of the early voting center or centers. Each early voting center must be supervised by election commission employees.
(E) The early voting period begins eleven days before an election and ends three days prior to the election.
(F) The county board of registration and elections must determine the hours of operation and location for an early voting center. However, the early voting center must be open for two Saturdays within the early voting period for statewide primaries and general elections.
(G) In addition to the early voting centers established pursuant to this section, a county board of registration and elections may authorize up to two additional early voting centers if the county board of registration and elections finds there is a need for additional early voting centers after holding a public hearing on the matter. The county board of registration and elections will determine the location of the early voting center or centers."
(H) A sign must be posted prominently in an early voting center and must have printed on it, 'VOTING MORE THAN ONCE IS A MISDEMEANOR AND, UPON CONVICTION, A PERSON MUST BE FINED IN THE DISCRETION OF THE COURT OR IMPRISONED NOT MORE THAN THREE YEARS'."
B. Section 7-3-20(C) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 253 of 2006, is further amended to read:
"(C) The executive
(1) maintain a complete master file of all qualified electors by county and by precincts;
(2) delete the name of any elector:
(a) who is deceased;
(b) who is no longer qualified to vote in the precinct where currently registered;
(c) who has been convicted of a disqualifying crime;
(d) who is otherwise no longer qualified to vote as
may be provided by law; or
(e) who requests in writing that his name be removed;
(3) enter names on the master file as they are reported by the county registration boards;
(4) furnish each county registration board with a master list of all registered voters in the county, together with a copy of all registered voters in each precinct of the county, at least ten days prior to each election. The precinct copies
shallmust be used as the official list
(5) maintain all information furnished his office relating to the inclusion or deletion of names from the master file for four years;
(6) purchase, lease, or contract for the use of
suchany equipment as may
be necessary to properly execute the duties of his
office, subject to the approval of the State Election
(7) secure from the United States courts and federal and state agencies available information as to persons convicted of disqualifying crimes;
(8) obtain information from
otheranother source which may assist him in
carrying out the purposes of this section;
such other duties relating to
elections as may be assigned to him by
the State Election Commission;
(10) furnish at reasonable price any precinct lists to a qualified elector requesting them;
(11) serve as the chief state election official responsible for implementing and coordinating the state's responsibilities under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993;
(12) serve as the chief state election official responsible for implementing and enforcing the state's responsibilities under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), as set forth in the United States Code, Title 42, Section 1973ff, et seq; and
(13) enter into the master file a separate designation for each voter casting an absentee ballot or an early ballot in a general election."
C. Section 7-15-320 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 43 of 2011, is further amended by adding an appropriately numbered subsection at the end to read:
"( ) Any qualified elector may vote during the early voting period pursuant to Section 7-13-25." /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.