Bill Text: AZ HB2130 | 2019 | Fifty-fourth Legislature 1st Regular | Introduced


Bill Title: Voter registration; inactive voters; removal

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-29 - Assigned to House RULES Committee [HB2130 Detail]

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REFERENCE TITLE: voter registration; inactive voters; removal

 

 

 

 

State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-fourth Legislature

First Regular Session

2019

 

 

 

HB 2130

 

Introduced by

Representative Thorpe

 

 

AN ACT

 

amending sections 16-165, 16-166, 16-544 and 16-583, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to elections and electors.

 

 

(TEXT OF BILL BEGINS ON NEXT PAGE)

 


Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Section 16-165, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE16-165.  Causes for cancellation

A.  The county recorder shall cancel a registration:

1.  At the request of the person registered.

2.  When the county recorder knows of the death of the person registered.

3.  If the person has been adjudicated an incapacitated person as defined in section 14‑5101.

4.  When the person registered has been convicted of a felony, and the judgment of conviction has not been reversed or set aside.  The county recorder shall cancel the registration on receipt of notice of a felony conviction from the court or from the secretary of state or when reported by the elector on a signed juror questionnaire that is completed pursuant to section 21‑314.

5.  On production of a certified copy of a judgment directing a cancellation to be made.

6.  Promptly after the election if the person registered has applied for a ballot pursuant to section 16‑126.

7.  When a person has been on the inactive voter list and has not voted during the time periods prescribed in section 16‑166, subsection C.

8.  When the county recorder receives written information from the person registered that the person has a change of residence within the county and the person does not complete and return a new registration form within twenty‑nine days after the county recorder mails notification of the need to complete and return a new registration form with current information.

9.  When the county recorder receives written information from the person registered that the person has a change of address outside the county.

B.  If the county recorder cancels a registration pursuant to subsection A, paragraph 8 of this section, the county recorder shall send the person notice that the registration has been cancelled and a registration form with the information described in section 16‑131, subsection C attached to the form.

C.  When proceedings in the superior court or the United States district court result in a person being declared incapable of taking care of himself and managing his property, and for whom a guardian of the person and estate is appointed, result in such person being committed as an insane person or result in a person being convicted of a felony, the clerk of the superior court in the county in which those proceedings occurred shall file with the secretary of state an official notice of that fact.  The secretary of state shall notify the appropriate county recorder and the recorder shall cancel the name of the person on the register.  Such notice shall name the person covered, shall give the person's date and place of birth if available, the person's social security number, if available, the person's usual place of residence, the person's address and the date of the notice, and shall be filed with the recorder of the county where the person last resided.

D.  Each month the department of health services shall transmit to the secretary of state without charge a record of the death of every resident of the state reported to the department within the preceding month.  This record shall include only the name of the decedent, the decedent's date of birth, the decedent's date of death, the decedent's social security number, if available, the decedent's usual legal residence at the time of death and, if available, the decedent's father's name or mother's maiden name.  The secretary of state shall use the record for the sole purpose of canceling the names of deceased persons from the statewide voter registration database.  In addition, the department of health services shall annually provide to the secretary of state from the statewide electronic death registration system without charge a record of all deaths of residents of this state that are reported to the department of health services.  The records transmitted by the department of health services shall include only the name of the decedent, the decedent's date of birth, the decedent's social security number, if available, the decedent's usual legal residence at the time of death and, if available, the decedent's father's name or mother's maiden name.  The secretary of state may compare the records of deaths with the statewide voter registration database.  Public access to the records is prohibited.  Use of information from the records for purposes other than those required by this section is prohibited.  The name of each deceased person shall promptly be canceled from the statewide voter registration database and the secretary of state shall notify the appropriate county recorder and the recorder shall cancel the name of the person from the register. END_STATUTE

Sec. 2.  Section 16-166, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE16-166.  Verification of registration

A.  Except for the mailing of sample ballots, a county recorder who mails an item to any elector shall send the mailing by nonforwardable first class mail marked with the statement required by the postmaster to receive an address correction notification.  If the item is returned undelivered, the county recorder shall send a follow‑up notice to that elector within three weeks of receipt of the returned notice.  The county recorder shall send the follow‑up notice to the address that appears in the general county register or to the forwarding address provided by the United States postal service.  The follow‑up notice shall include a registration form and the information prescribed by section 16‑131, subsection C and shall state that if the elector does not complete and return a new registration form with current information to the county recorder within thirty‑five days, the elector's registration status shall be changed from active to inactive may be canceled if the elector fails to vote in two consecutive primary and general elections.

B.  If the elector provides the county recorder with a new registration form, the county recorder shall change the general register to reflect the changes indicated on the new registration.  If the elector indicates a new residence address outside that county, the county recorder shall forward the voter registration form to the county recorder of the county in which the elector's address is located.  If the elector provides a new residence address that is located outside this state, the county recorder shall cancel the elector's registration.

C.  The county recorder shall maintain on the inactive voter list the names of electors who have been removed from the general register pursuant to subsection A or E of this section for cancel the registration of an elector after a period of four years or through the date of the second if the elector has not voted in two consecutive primary and general election elections for federal office following the date of the notice from the county recorder that is sent pursuant to subsection E of this section.

D.  On notice that a government agency has changed the name of any street, route number, post office box number or other address designation, the county recorder shall revise the registration records and shall send a new verification of registration notice to the electors whose records were changed.

E.  The county recorder on or before May 1 of each year preceding a state primary and general election or more frequently as the recorder deems necessary may use the change of address information supplied by the postal service through its licensees to identify registrants whose addresses may have changed.  If it appears from information provided by the postal service that a registrant has moved to a different residence address in the same county, the county recorder shall change the registration records to reflect the new address and shall send the registrant a notice of the change by forwardable mail and a postage prepaid preaddressed return form by which the registrant may verify or correct the registration information.  If the registrant fails to return the form postmarked not later than thirty-five days after the mailing of the notice, the elector's registration status shall be changed from active to inactive.  If the notice sent by the recorder is not returned, the registrant may be required to provide affirmation or confirmation of the registrant's address in order to vote or if the registrant does not vote in an election during the period after the date of the notice from the recorder through the date of the second two consecutive primary and general election elections for federal office following the date of that notice, the registrant's name shall be removed from the list of inactive voters voter registration shall be canceled.  If the registrant has changed residence to a new county and the registrant notifies the county recorder of that changed residence, the county recorder shall provide information on how the registrant can continue to be eligible to vote.

F.  The county recorder shall reject any application for registration that is not accompanied by satisfactory evidence of United States citizenship.  Satisfactory evidence of citizenship shall include any of the following:

1.  The number of the applicant's driver license or nonoperating identification license issued after October 1, 1996 by the department of transportation or the equivalent governmental agency of another state within the United States if the agency indicates on the applicant's driver license or nonoperating identification license that the person has provided satisfactory proof of United States citizenship.

2.  A legible photocopy of the applicant's birth certificate that verifies citizenship to the satisfaction of the county recorder.

3.  A legible photocopy of pertinent pages of the applicant's United States passport identifying the applicant and the applicant's passport number or presentation to the county recorder of the applicant's United States passport.

4.  A presentation to the county recorder of the applicant's United States naturalization documents or the number of the certificate of naturalization.  If only the number of the certificate of naturalization is provided, the applicant shall not be included in the registration rolls until the number of the certificate of naturalization is verified with the United States immigration and naturalization service by the county recorder.

5.  Other documents or methods of proof that are established pursuant to the immigration reform and control act of 1986.

6.  The applicant's bureau of Indian affairs card number, tribal treaty card number or tribal enrollment number.

G.  Notwithstanding subsection F of this section, any person who is registered in this state on the effective date of this amendment to this section is deemed to have provided satisfactory evidence of citizenship and shall not be required to resubmit evidence of citizenship unless the person is changing voter registration from one county to another.

H.  For the purposes of this section, proof of voter registration from another state or county is not satisfactory evidence of citizenship.

I.  A person who modifies voter registration records with a new residence ballot shall not be required to submit evidence of citizenship.  After citizenship has been demonstrated to the county recorder, the person is not required to resubmit satisfactory evidence of citizenship in that county.

J.  After a person has submitted satisfactory evidence of citizenship, the county recorder shall indicate this information in the person's permanent voter file.  After two years the county recorder may destroy all documents that were submitted as evidence of citizenship.  END_STATUTE

Sec. 3.  Section 16-544, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE16-544.  Permanent early voting list; civil penalty; violation; classification

A.  Any voter may request to be included on a permanent list of voters to receive an early ballot for any election for which the county voter registration roll is used to prepare the election register.  The county recorder of each county shall maintain the permanent early voting list as part of the voter registration roll.

B.  In order to be included on the permanent early voting list, the voter shall make a written request specifically requesting that the voter's name be added to the permanent early voting list for all elections in which the applicant is eligible to vote.  A permanent early voter request form shall conform to requirements prescribed in the instructions and procedures manual issued pursuant to section 16‑452.  The application shall allow for the voter to provide the voter's name, residence address, mailing address in the voter's county of residence, date of birth and signature and shall state that the voter is attesting that the voter is a registered voter who is eligible to vote in the county of residence.  The voter shall not list a mailing address that is outside of this state for the purpose of the permanent early voting list unless the voter is an absent uniformed services voter or overseas voter as defined in the uniformed and overseas citizens absentee voting act of 1986 (P.L. 99‑410; 42 52 United States Code section 1973ff‑6 20310).  In lieu of the application, the applicant may submit a written request that contains the required information.

C.  On receipt of a request to be included on the permanent early voting list, the county recorder or other officer in charge of elections shall compare the signature on the request form with the voter's signature on the voter's registration form and, if the request is from the voter, shall mark the voter's registration file as a permanent early ballot request.

D.  Not less than ninety days before any polling place election scheduled in March or August, the county recorder or other officer in charge of elections shall mail to all voters who are eligible for the election and who are included on the permanent early voting list an election notice by nonforwardable mail that is marked with the statement required by the postmaster to receive an address correction notification.  If an election is not formally called by a jurisdiction by the one hundred twentieth day before the election, the recorder or other officer in charge of elections is not required to send the election notice.  The notice shall include the dates of the elections that are the subject of the notice, the dates that the voter's ballot is expected to be mailed and the address where the ballot will be mailed.  If the upcoming election is a partisan open primary election and the voter is not registered as a member of one of the political parties that is recognized for purposes of that primary, the notice shall include information on the procedure for the voter to designate a political party ballot.  The notice shall be delivered with return postage prepaid and shall also include a means for the voter to do any of the following:

1.  Change the mailing address for the voter's ballot to another location in the voter's county of residence.

2.  Update the voter's residence address in the voter's county of residence.

3.  Request that the voter not be sent a ballot for the upcoming election or elections indicated on the notice.

E.  If the notice that is mailed to the voter is returned undeliverable by the postal service, the county recorder or other officer in charge of elections shall take the necessary steps to contact the voter at the voter's new residence address in order to update that voter's address or to move the voter to inactive status cancel the voter's registration as prescribed in section 16‑166, subsection A.  If a voter is moved to inactive status the voter's registration is canceled, the voter shall be removed from the permanent early voting list.  If the voter is removed from the permanent early voting list, the voter shall only be added to the permanent early voting list again if the voter submits a new request pursuant to this section.

F.  Not later than the first day of early voting, the county recorder or other officer in charge of elections shall mail an early ballot to all eligible voters included on the permanent early voting list in the same manner prescribed in section 16‑542, subsection C.  If the voter has not returned the notice or otherwise notified the election officer within forty‑five days before the election that the voter does not wish to receive an early ballot by mail for the election or elections indicated, the ballot shall automatically be scheduled for mailing.

G.  If a voter who is on the permanent early voting list is not registered as a member of a recognized political party and fails to notify the county recorder of the voter's choice for political party ballot within forty-five days before a partisan open primary election, the following apply:

1.  The voter shall not automatically be sent a ballot for that partisan open primary election only and the voter's name shall remain on the permanent early voting list for future elections.

2.  To receive an early ballot for the primary election, the voter shall submit the voter's choice for political party ballot to the county recorder.

H.  After a voter has requested to be included on the permanent early voting list, the voter shall be sent an early ballot by mail automatically for any election at which a voter at that residence address is eligible to vote until any of the following occurs:

1.  The voter requests in writing to be removed from the permanent early voting list.

2.  The voter's registration or eligibility for registration is moved to inactive status or canceled as otherwise provided by law.

3.  The notice sent by the county recorder or other officer in charge of elections is returned undeliverable and the county recorder or officer in charge of elections is unable to contact the voter to determine the voter's continued desire to remain on the list.

I.  A voter may make a written request at any time to be removed from the permanent early voting list.  The request shall include the voter's name, residence address, date of birth and signature.  On receipt of a completed request to remove a voter from the permanent early voting list, the county recorder or other officer in charge of elections shall remove the voter's name from the list as soon as practicable.

J.  An absent uniformed services voter or overseas voter as defined in the uniformed and overseas citizens absentee voting act of 1986 (P.L. 99‑410; 42 52 United States Code section 1973ff‑6 20310) is eligible to be placed on the permanent early voting list pursuant to this section.

K.  A voter's failure to vote an early ballot once received does not constitute grounds to remove the voter from the permanent early voting list.

L.  A candidate, political committee or other organization may distribute permanent early voting list request forms to voters.  If the permanent early voting list request forms include a printed address for return, that address shall be the political subdivision that will conduct the election.  Failure to use the political subdivision as the return addressee is punishable by a civil penalty of up to three times the cost of the production and distribution of the permanent early voting list request.

M.  All original and completed permanent early voting list request forms that are received by a candidate, political committee or other organization shall be submitted within six business days after receipt by a candidate or political committee or eleven days before the election day, whichever is earlier, to the political subdivision that will conduct the election.  Any person, political committee or other organization that fails to submit a completed permanent early voting list request form within the prescribed time is subject to a civil penalty of up to twenty‑five dollars $25 per day for each completed form withheld from submittal.  Any person who knowingly fails to submit a completed permanent early voting list request form before the submission deadline for the election immediately following the completion of the form is guilty of a class 6 felony. END_STATUTE

Sec. 4.  Section 16-583, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE16-583.  Voter not on precinct register; procedure

A.  On or before election day, the county recorder shall provide to each precinct the names of electors on the inactive voter list.  If a person whose name is not on the precinct register appears at a polling place, an election official shall determine whether the person is on the inactive voter list.  If the person is on the inactive voter list, the registrant person, on affirmation by the registrant person before an election official at the polling place that the registrant person continues to reside at the an address indicated on the inactive voter list in the precinct, shall be permitted to vote at that polling place.  The elector's name shall be entered on a separate signature roster page at the end of the signature roster, and voters' names shall be numbered consecutively.  If the registrant person indicates that the registrant person lives at a new residence, the election official shall direct the registrant person to the polling place for the new address.

B.  Following the election, the county recorder shall remove from inactive status all electors who voted pursuant to subsection A, shall place the electors' names back on the general register and shall return the electors' status to active. END_STATUTE

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