HB 83: "An Act relating to voting by electronic transmission in a state election; and providing for an effective date."

00 HOUSE BILL NO. 83 01 "An Act relating to voting by electronic transmission in a state election; and providing 02 for an effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 15.20.066(a) is amended to read: 05 (a) The director shall adopt regulations applicable to the delivery of absentee 06 ballots by electronic transmission in a state election and to the use of electronic 07 transmission absentee voting in a state election by qualified voters. The regulations 08 must 09 (1) require the voter to comply with the same time deadlines as for 10 voting in person on or before the closing hour of the polls; 11 (2) ensure the accuracy and, to the greatest degree possible, the 12 integrity and secrecy of the ballot process; 13 (3) prohibit absentee voting by facsimile. 14 * Sec. 2. AS 15.20.081(a) is amended to read:

01 (a) A qualified voter may apply in person, by mail, or by facsimile, scanning, 02 or other electronic transmission to the director for an absentee ballot under this 03 section. Another individual may apply for an absentee ballot on behalf of a qualified 04 voter if that individual is designated to act on behalf of the voter in a written general 05 power of attorney or a written special power of attorney that authorizes the other 06 individual to apply for an absentee ballot on behalf of the voter. The application must 07 include the address or, if the application requests delivery of an absentee ballot by 08 electronic transmission, the [TELEPHONE] electronic mail address 09 [TRANSMISSION NUMBER,] to which the absentee ballot is to be returned, the 10 applicant's full Alaska residence address, and the applicant's signature. However, a 11 person residing outside the United States and applying to vote absentee in federal 12 elections in accordance with AS 15.05.011 need not include an Alaska residence 13 address in the application. A person may supply to a voter an absentee ballot 14 application form with a political party or group affiliation indicated only if the voter is 15 already registered as affiliated with the political party or group indicated. Only the 16 voter or the individual designated by the voter in a written power of attorney under 17 this subsection may mark the voter's choice of primary ballot on an application. A 18 person supplying an absentee ballot application form may not design or mark the 19 application in a manner that suggests choice of one ballot over another, except that 20 ballot choices may be listed on an application as authorized by the division. The 21 application must be made on a form prescribed or approved by the director. The voter 22 or registration official shall submit the application directly to the division of elections. 23 For purposes of this subsection, "directly to the division of elections" means that an 24 application may not be submitted to any intermediary that could control or delay the 25 submission of the application to the division or gather data on the applicant from the 26 application form. However, nothing in this subsection is intended to prohibit a voter 27 from giving a completed absentee ballot application to a friend, relative, or associate 28 for transfer to the United States Postal Service or a private commercial delivery 29 service for delivery to the division. 30 * Sec. 3. This Act takes effect January 1, 2020.