Bill Text: IN SB0570 | 2019 | Regular Session | Enrolled

Bill Title: Election cyber security. Defines "VSTOP" (the "voting system technical oversight program") in the election code. Requires the election division to, if a voter registration record does not contain a date of birth or a birth 115 years or more, to request the information from the bureau of motor vehicles. Requires the secretary of state to establish proficiency standards for individuals who are authorized to access the statewide voter registration file. Requires such individuals to meet the proficiency standards in order to access the file. Sets forth requirements to be met before delivery of an electronic poll book. Requires the county election board (rather than the inspectors), teams that meet specified requirements, or commercial delivery entities to deliver voting systems and electronic poll books to precincts and vote centers and sets requirements. Requires counties to consider relevant factors to ensure the security of polling locations. Provides that a county election board is responsible for ensuring that all electronic poll books are dedicated devices to be used only for their intended purpose and for no other activity. Provides that software not needed for the essential purpose of running the electronic poll book may not be installed on an electronic poll book. Revises the procedure for selection of machines of voting systems for testing before an election and sets time frames. Provides that after December 31, 2029, a county may not use an electronic voting system that does not have a voter verifiable paper audit trail. Provides that each application for certification of an electronic poll book must be accompanied by a fee of $1,500. Requires these fees to be deposited in the voting system technical oversight program account. Increases the application fee for certification of voting systems from $1,500 to $5,000. Requires voting system vendors to conduct annual background checks on certain employees. Requires voting system vendors to report certain information relating to malfunctions of the voting systems. Sets forth requirements of correcting a ballot. Adds information required in the VSTOP evaluation report given to the secretary of state for electronic poll books. Adds certain information that must be reported by the vendor of an electronic poll book relating to an anomaly or problem with the electronic poll book. Provides that the following information is confidential: (1) administrative or technical information that would jeopardize a voting system or voter registration system; (2) infrastructure records that disclose the configuration of a voting system or voter registration system critical infrastructure; (3) resolutions adopted by a county election board to establish security protocols for elections systems; and (4) the inventory of voting systems and electronic poll books maintained by the VSTOP. Requires license branches to transmit electronically scanned copies of voter registrations.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 6-0)

Status: (Passed) 2019-04-24 - Public Law 71 [SB0570 Detail]

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