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HB 495: "An Act amending the Election Code to provide that voters be permitted to register opposition to all candidates in certain election contests."

00 HOUSE BILL NO. 495                                                                                                      
01 "An Act amending the Election Code to provide that voters be permitted to                                               
02 register opposition to all candidates in certain election contests."                                                    
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1.  AS 15.15.030(5) is amended to read:                                                                    
05   (5)  The state general election ballot shall be printed on white paper                                               
06 with the names of the candidates and their party designations placed in separate                                        
07 sections under the office designation to which they were nominated.  The party                                          
08 affiliation, if any, shall be designated after the name of the candidate.  The lieutenant                               
09 governor and the governor shall be included under the same section.  Provision shall                                    
10 be made for voting for write-in and no-party candidates within each section.                                           
11 Provision shall be made for the voter to register opposition to all candidates                                          
12 within each section in accordance with AS 15.15.033.  The squares appearing on the                                     
13 ballots shall measure 1/4 inch on each side.                                                                            
14    * Sec. 2.  AS 15.15 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                      
01  Sec. 15.15.033.  BALLOTS FOR CERTAIN OFFICES MUST PERMIT                                                              
02 VOTER TO REGISTER OPPOSITION TO ALL CANDIDATES.  (a)  In each                                                           
03 primary, general, or special election held after December 31, 1996, each ballot upon                                    
04 which appears the name of a candidate for public office must contain for each office                                    
05 an additional line equivalent to the lines on which the candidates' names appear and                                    
06 placed at the end of the group of lines containing the names of the candidates for that                                 
07 office.  Each additional line shall contain a square in which the voter may express the                                 
08 voter's choice of that line in the same manner as the voter would express the choice                                    
09 of a candidate.  The line must read "None of these candidates."                                                         
10  (b)  Each sample ballot or other instruction to voters prescribed or approved by                                      
11 the director shall clearly explain that the voter may mark the choice of the line "None                                 
12 of these candidates" only if the voter has not voted for any candidate for the office.                                  
13  (c)  This section does not apply to ballots prepared                                                                  
14   (1)  for the offices of President and Vice-President of the United States;                                           
15   (2)  to elect delegates to a constitutional convention; or                                                           
16   (3)  for elections conducted under AS 14.08.                                                                         
17    * Sec. 3.  AS 15.15.360(a) is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:                                             
18   (12)  If, in a ballot section in which, under AS 15.15.033, a voter may                                              
19 register opposition to all candidates a voter marks a name of a candidate and also                                      
20 marks the line "None of these candidates," the vote in that ballot section may not be                                   
21 counted.                                                                                                                
22    * Sec. 4.  AS 15.15.450 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                               
23  (b)  In each office for which the provisions of AS 15.15.033 apply, only votes                                        
24 cast for candidates shall be counted in determining nomination or election to any                                       
25 office.                                                                                                                 
26    * Sec. 5.  AS 15.15 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                      
27  Sec. 15.15.455.  PUBLICATION OR REPORTING OF CERTAIN RESULTS.                                                         
28 For each office for which the provisions of AS 15.15.033 apply, the number of ballots                                   
29 on which the line "None of these candidates" was chosen shall be listed following the                                   
30 names of the candidates and the number of their votes in every posting, abstract, and                                   
31 publication or reporting of the results of the election.                                                                
01    * Sec. 6.  AS 15.25.060 is amended to read:                                                                          
02  Sec. 15.25.060.  PREPARATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF BALLOTS.  The                                                        
03 primary election ballot shall be prepared and distributed by the director in the manner                                 
04 prescribed for general election ballots except as specifically provided otherwise for the                               
05 primary election.  The director shall print the ballot on white paper and place the                                     
06 names of all candidates who have properly filed in groups according to offices filed                                    
07 for, without regard to party affiliation.  The order of the placement of the names for                                  
08 each office shall be as provided for the general election ballot.  Provision shall be                                  
09 made for the voter to register opposition to all candidates within each section in                                      
10 accordance with AS 15.15.033.  Blank spaces may not be provided on the ballot for                                      
11 the writing or pasting in of names.