Bill Number: SF413
Title: Early Voting & Auditor "Reform"

Changes early voting period from 29 days to 18 days; begins mail-in ballot request period 70 days out from the election (instead of 120 days); prohibits the mailing of blank absentee ballot request forms out to voters, including if requested by the voter; prohibits mailing of absentee ballots with pre-filled information (but allows the SOS to mail out blank forms to all registered voters if instructed to do so by the Legislature); makes the Secretary of State directives enforceable as law; prohibits a candidate on the ballot from helping a voters who do not speak English or have a visual or physical disability to fill in their ballots; allows only a voter's immediate family, member of their household, or caregiver to deliver a voted absentee ballot to either dropbox, mail, or auditor office (no friends, neighbors, candidate volunteers).  Eliminates "home rule" for county auditors and strips them of many duties, as well as making anything but strict adherence to laws and Secretary of State directives a class "D" felony (election misconduct).  Bars auditors from establishing satellite voting centers without receiving a new petition each election cycle and limits drop boxes to one location per county (and requires enhanced security and pickups at least four times per day). There is a lot more, but those are the highlights.  Effective 3/8/21.

Status: Signed
Recent Action: 2/18 - Passed Senate State Government Committee (10-5) 2/23 - Passed Senate (30-18) 2/24 - Passed House (57-37) 3/8 - Signed by Governor
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Last Modified: 03/08/2021