Maine LD 413: An Act To Expand Access to Absentee Ballots

LD 413 (subjects: ELECTIONS , ABSENT VOTING )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=413&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Heidi Brooks of Lewiston: (D – District 61) — e-mail | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/12/2015 House Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
2/12/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Cyrway of Kennebec, REFERRED to the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, in concurrence.
4/9/2015 House Reports READ.
On motion of Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth, the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended Report FAILED.
ROLL CALL NO. 22
(Yeas 66 – Nays 77 – Absent 8 – Excused 0)
Subsequently, the Minority Ought Not to Pass Report was ACCEPTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/14/2015 Senate Reports READ
Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec moved to Accept the Minority Ought Not To Pass Report , in concurrence.
On motion by Same Senator Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending ACCEPTANCE of Minority Ought Not To Pass Report , in concurrence.
Unfinished Business
4/16/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
Subsequently, On motion by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Minority Ought Not To Pass Report ACCEPTED , in concurrence.
Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD).

Bill Text

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An Act To Expand Access to Absentee Ballots

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA 753-B, sub- 2, B, as amended by PL 2011, c. 534, 17, is further amended to read:

B. To an immediate family member or to a 3rd person if the absentee ballot was requested by telephone or by electronic means; or

Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA 753-B, sub- 2, C, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 399, 23, is amended to read:

C. To a 3rd person who already has been issued 5 absentee ballots for voters in the municipality, until the 3rd person has returned one of those ballots ; or .

Sec. 3. 21-A MRSA 753-B, sub- 2, D, as amended by PL 2011, c. 534, 18, is repealed.

Sec. 4. 21-A MRSA 753-B, sub- 3, as amended by PL 2001, c. 310, 52, is further amended to read:

3. Return of ballot by 3rd person. A 3rd person shall, unless good cause is shown, return an absentee ballot to the clerk’s office within 2 business days of the date that ballot was provided to the 3rd person or by the close of the polls on election day , whichever is earlier. The clerk shall inform the 3rd person of the deadline for the return of the ballot.

Sec. 5. 21-A MRSA 753-B, sub- 8, as amended by PL 2011, c. 399, 24, is further amended to read:

8. Absentee voting in presence of clerk. A person who wishes to vote by absentee ballot may, without completing an application, vote by absentee ballot in the presence of the clerk , except as provided in subsection 2 until 8:00 p.m. on election day at any election. The method of voting is otherwise as prescribed in this article. After the person has voted, the clerk shall sign the affidavit on the return envelope as a witness, indicate on the envelope that the voter voted in the presence of a clerk and ensure that the affidavit on the return envelope is properly completed by the voter. For the 45 days preceding an election, during the hours when the clerk’s office is open and may be conducting absentee voting, the display or distribution of any advertising material intended to influence a voter’s decision regarding a candidate or question on the ballot for that election is prohibited within the clerk’s office and on public property within 250 feet of the entrance to the building in which the clerk’s office is located.

This subsection does not apply to the display or distribution of any campaign advertising material on private property that is within 250 feet of the entrance to the building in which the clerk’s office is located. For purposes of this section, “private property” includes privately owned property subject to a public right-of-way that is an easement right-of-way.

This subsection does not apply to campaign advertising material on automobiles traveling to and from the municipal office or parked on municipal property while the occupants are visiting the municipal office to conduct municipal business. It does not prohibit a person who is at the municipal office for the purpose of conducting municipal business or for absentee voting from wearing a campaign button when the longest dimension of the button does not exceed 3 inches.

summary

This bill eliminates restrictions on the issuance of absentee ballots after the 3rd day before an election, removes deadlines for the return of an absentee ballot by a 3rd person and allows a voter to vote by absentee ballot in the presence of the clerk until 8:00 p.m. on the day of any election.

Patterns of Support

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


This information about LD 413 was last updated on 2016-05-12.
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