Elections (45)
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Date of Last Recorded Action: 3/16/2020

HB 0057 EvaluatingAbsentee Ballots - Mail to all Electors for all Elections Dar'shun Kendrick
1/30/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
2019/01/31 Report Elections Todd Edwards
This bill mandates that the local board of registrars or absentee ballot clerks mail absentee ballots, and return envelopes, to all eligible voters for each presidential preference primary, general primary, general election, and special primary and special election where there is a candidate for a federal office on the ballot.  Absentee ballots must be mailed no more than 49 days but not less than 45 days prior to each election.   Shorter time periods apply to municipal other special elections.  Voters would still be eligible for advance and election day voting in person.    
HB 0117 NeutralElections - Electors Can Vote in any Precinct Roger Bruce
2/6/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
2019/01/31 Report Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This bill authorizes counties to allow any elector within the county to vote in any precinct of the county that the elector choses in a primary, election or runoff.  The election superintendent has to ensure certain safeguards such as preventing electors from voting more than once, providing sufficient ballot styles at each precinct, and ensuring that each precinct has enough voting equipment and poll workers.  Should this bill progress, ACCG would like to see friendly amendments, including that counties could then be authorized to reduce polling places, addressing counties in which polling places do not have an internet connection, ensuring counties have the appropriate amount of equipment to carry this out, and eliminating the provision that counties would have to make this decision before each and every election.         
HB 0176 EvaluatingElections - All Offices Which Utilize Applications for Services are to be Voter Registration Agencies Renitta Shannon
2/8/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
2019/02/08 Report Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation requires that all offices in the state "which utilize applications for services" serve as voter registration locations.    
HB 0191 EvaluatingElections; law regarding ballot access for political body and independent candidates; revise provisions Dar'shun Kendrick
2/11/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
HB 0210 NeutralElections: If Polling Places Open After 7:00 a.m., then Must Stay Open Later Donna McLeod
2/12/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This bill stipulates that if a polling place does not open by 7:00 a.m. on election day, then it must remain open for a time beyond the closing time equal to the time that the polling place was delayed opening.  The polling place must also notify those waiting in line at the time of the delay that it will remain open later.      
HB 0211 NeutralElections - Accept Student ID as Proper ID to Vote Donna McLeod
2/12/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
There are current six acceptable forms of identification which can be displayed in order to vote.  This bill authorizes a seventh: a valid student identification card containing a photograph of the elector issued by a public or private college or university in Georgia.  
HB 0248 EvaluatingElections - Absentee Ballot Revision Kimberly Alexander
2/13/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections Todd Edwards
This legislation alters the process by which absentee ballots are signed and by which disabled persons cast their ballot.  
HB 0249 EvaluatingElections - Absentee Ballot Revisions Kimberly Alexander
2/13/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections Todd Edwards
This legislation alters the grounds by which an absentee ballot can be rejected, and by which those voters whose ballots have been rejected are notified.   
HB 0250 EvaluatingElections - Revise Voter Registration Documentation Kimberly Alexander
2/13/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections Todd Edwards
This bill revises how documentation is reviewed and approved for those registering to vote.  If an applicant's identification is not verified, then additional steps must be taken to notify the applicant.   
HB 0251 EvaluatingElections - No Limit on the Number of Persons an Individual May Assist with Absentee Ballots Kimberly Alexander
2/13/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections Todd Edwards
Current law allows a person to assist up to 10 individuals complete and absentee ballot.  This bill allows a person to assist an infinite number of individuals figure how to cast their absentee ballot.   
HB 0252 EvaluatingElections - Register to Vote at Polling Place Kimberly Alexander
2/13/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections Todd Edwards
This legislation allows persons to register to vote at polling places on election day, or at any time during the advance voting period.  The person may then vote.    
HB 0255 EvaluatingElections - Those In Jail may Get Absentee Ballots to Vote Ricky Williams
2/13/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections Todd Edwards
Current law allows only disabled persons to be mailed absentee ballots to a location outside their permanent mailing address.  This bill authorizes persons in jail or other detention facility to be mailed absentee ballots.  
HB 0270 EvaluatingElections - No Driver's License or Other ID Issued to a Noncitizen Can be Used to Vote Jeff Jones
2/14/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This bill prohibits driver's licenses or other identification cards issued to noncitizens from being used as an acceptable in order to vote.    
HB 0275 EvaluatingElections - Register to Vote at Age 16 Carolyn Hugley
2/14/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation authorizes persons to register to vote at age 16; however, they couldn't vote until age 18.  
HB 0283 EvaluatingElections - Numerous Changes to Election Law Scott Holcomb
2/14/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
2019/02/15 Report Elections General County Government Todd Edwards

Among many revisions to Georgia‚Äôs election law, this bill authorizes to register to vote at polling places during advance voting or on election day; requires the state to provide adequate funding for regular updates to voting equipment; adds a week to advance voting, statewide; prohibits any law which changes the duties of any elected office between the date of an election and the official taking office; and establishes the Georgia Voting Rights Commission.  The Commission will advise the state on Reapportionment; suggest improvements on voting systems; examine means to increase voter turnout; provide guidance to local elections superintendents; and advise the state on other elections enhancements, among other duties.  

HB 0316 SupportElections - Voting Machine Replacement and Elections Bill of 2019 Barry Fleming
4/2/2019 Effective Date Governmental Affairs Ethics -
2019/02/15 Report 2019/02/22 Report 2019/03/01 Report 2019/03/08 Report 2019/03/15 Report
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards

This omnibus elections legislation provides that the state will provide new, uniform voting machines for every county in Georgia "as soon as possible".  Voting equipment would consist of ballot marking devices (electronic devices, similar to the DRE interface currently used) which produce a paper ballot that is then scanned into a recording device that tabulates votes.  Among other election revisions, the bill provides additional notice before a voter's registration is rejected, before a felon is removed from the rolls, and to those appearing to have moved to another state; changes from 3 to 5 years the period of inactivity before a voter is removed from the rolls, also requiring notification prior to removal; requires counties to provide additional notice of any precinct changes; provides a cure period if a voter's signature on an absentee ballot does not mirror that used in registration; and lifts the 10-voter limit on persons assisting disabled or other individuals complete absentee ballots.  Lastly, the bill enrolls Georgia in a 25-state collaboration - the Electronic Registration Information Center - to share voting information in order to track and cancel voters who move out of state.  For a more thorough summary of HB 316, please click here.

     

HB 0389 EvaluatingEducation; excused absences for voting in state-wide elections; provide Michael Wilensky
2/22/2019 House Second Readers Education --
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
HB 0433 NeutralElections - Comprehensive Voting Machine and Elections Revisions Scott Holcomb
2/25/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This comprehensive elections bill sets out the process by which to change Georgia's current voting equipment from DRE machines to hand-marked paper ballots.  Ballots would then be submitted to, and tabulated by, a hand-marked paper ballot optical scanner.  While the bill provides that the cost of the printing of paper ballots by county election superintendents must be reimbursed following the conclusion of each calendar year by the Secretary of State, the state does not have the best track record in keeping to these reimbursement responsibilities absent a constitutional amendment.  Each polling place would be provided one ballot marking device for those with disabilities.  It also encompasses many changes to the state's elections process.  While ACCG commends all efforts to replace Georgia's antiquated voting equipment with a uniform voting system,  state funding of this equipment and meaningful changes to our elections laws, our Policy Council has supported HB 316 whereby the state purchases, and provides to counties, ballot marking devices which produce paper ballots.     
HB 0466 NeutralNon Partisan Elections - Provide to Clerk of Superior Court John Carson
4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Governmental Affairs --
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This bill makes elections for clerks of superior court and clerks of state court nonpartisan.   
HB 0468 NeutralCobb County; clerk of the State Court; provide nonpartisan elections John Carson
4/2/2019 House Withdrawn, Recommitted Governmental Affairs --
Elections Intern 1 Local Legislation
HB 0520 NeutralElections - Non-Partisan Candidates Must File Earlier Houston Gaines
3/10/2020 House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute Governmental Affairs --
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This bill requires candidates seeking election in a nonpartisan race to file on the 35th week prior to the election.  Current laws requires on 11 weeks.   
HB 0522 EvaluatingElections; means and manner of establishing identity and eligibility to vote for voter registration purposes; provide Bee Nguyen
3/1/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
HB 0537 EvaluatingVoting Machines - Must Be Made in America David Clark
3/4/2019 House Second Readers Regulated Industries --
2019/03/01 Report Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This legislation requires that the United States of America be the final assembly place for any voting equipment approved, purchased, leased or otherwise acquired for use in Georgia's elections.
HB 0568 EvaluatingElections; judges of probate courts, chief magistrate judges and certain other magistrate judges; provide nonpartisan elections David Wilkerson
3/8/2019 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections Todd Edwards
HB 0723 NeutralElections - Call Advance Voting "Early Voting" Ricky Williams
1/13/2020 House Second Readers Governmental Affairs --
Elections General County Government Todd Edwards
This bill simply adds the term "early voting" in statute, along side the term "advance voting".  
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