Today, the N.C. House passed three elections bills. These bills address a number of issues that range from absentee voting to voter list maintenance. This new legislation would help further secure N.C. elections systems and help impaired citizens vote using an online portal. The four bills are listed below and include descriptions of the changes that they would make to the legal code if they are passed into law.
HB259: Election Integrity Act
- Require that all voting systems purchased for use in this State be manufactured in the United States by a company organized and doing business in the United States.
- Require that jurors be citizens of the United States.
- Allow a chief district court judge to delegate hearing jury excuses to the clerk of court.
- Require applications for excusals from jury duty be made on a form developed by the Administrative Office of the Courts.
- Require clerks to maintain records of persons requesting excusal from jury duty due to disqualification, and share those records with the State Board of Elections (State Board) for use in voter list maintenance efforts if the disqualification is due to lack of citizenship.
- Create a process for voter list maintenance removal of non-citizens reported as disqualified from jury duty.
- Specify that post-election audits be conducted and specify the information to be included in the post-election audit report following a general election.
SB326: Election Day Integrity Act
- Provide that all marked mail-in absentee ballots other than military-overseas ballots must be returned to the county board of elections no later than one of the following, unless federal law requires otherwise:
- 7:30 P.M. on the date of the election.
- By the close of polls in the county, if the State Board extends the closing time of the polls for every poll in the county.
- Require county boards of elections and the State Board to publish the date mail-in absentee ballots are available for voting and the date completed request forms for mail-in absentee ballots must be received by a county board of elections for that election.
- Require county boards of elections to submit reports on the number of spoiled absentee ballots, outstanding absentee ballots, counted absentee ballots, and voted provisional ballots to the State Board, and require the State Board to publish the reports on its website.
SB725: Prohibit Private Money in Elections Admin
- Senate Bill 725 would prohibit the State Board of Elections, county boards of elections, and county boards of commissioners from accepting private monetary donations, directly or indirectly, for conducting elections or employing individuals on a temporary basis