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2018 Senate Bill 1238: Prescribe rules for early voting, same-day registration, more
Introduced by Sen. Mike Kowall (R) on November 29, 2018
To prescribe details of rules needed to implement the election-day registration and early voting provisions enacted by voter approval of 2018 Proposal 3. That measure eliminated the requirement to register to vote at least 30 days before an election; authorized “no reason” absentee ballot voting for all voters; mail-in voter registration; automatic registration with drivers license or state ID interactions; and a straight-ticket voting option. The bill is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 1238 to 1244, and is reportedly intended to prevent a future Secretary of State from potentially making partisan choices in the many parts of state election laws where important details are left to the discretion of state officials and agency-promulgated rules.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee on November 29, 2018
Reported in the Senate on December 6, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 26 to 10 in the Senate on December 6, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To prescribe details of rules needed to implement the election-day registration and early voting provisions enacted by voter approval of 2018 Proposal 3. That measure eliminated the requirement to register to vote at least 30 days before an election; authorized “no reason” absentee ballot voting for all voters; mail-in voter registration; automatic registration with drivers license or state ID interactions; and a straight-ticket voting option. The bill is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 1238 to 1244, and is reportedly intended to prevent a future Secretary of State from potentially making partisan choices in the many parts of state election laws where important details are left to the discretion of state officials and agency-promulgated rules.
Received in the House on December 6, 2018
Referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee on December 6, 2018
Reported in the House on December 19, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 57 to 51 in the House on December 20, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
(same description)
To prescribe details of rules needed to implement the election-day registration and early voting provisions enacted by voter approval of 2018 Proposal 3. That measure eliminated the requirement to register to vote at least 30 days before an election; authorized “no reason” absentee ballot voting for all voters; mail-in voter registration; automatic registration with drivers license or state ID interactions; and a straight-ticket voting option. The bill is part of a package comprised of Senate Bills 1238 to 1244, and is reportedly intended to prevent a future Secretary of State from potentially making partisan choices in the many parts of state election laws where important details are left to the discretion of state officials and agency-promulgated rules.
Received in the Senate on December 20, 2018
Passed 26 to 12 in the Senate on December 20, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.

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