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2018-02-16 Senate Journal

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2018-02-16                     Senate Journal                      Page 2030
SB 186                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 186 BY THE SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                                               
BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR, entitled:                                                                                           
            "An Act relating to voter registration; and providing                                                              
          for an effective date."                                                                                               
was read the first time and referred to the State Affairs and Finance                                                           
The following fiscal information was published today:                                                                           
 Fiscal Note No. 1, Department of Revenue                                                                                       
 Fiscal Note No. 2, zero, Office of the Governor                                                                                
Governor's transmittal letter dated February 15:                                                                                
Dear President Kelly:                                                                                                           
Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska                                                                   
Constitution, I am transmitting a bill relating to voter registration and                                                       
Permanent Fund Dividend applications.                                                                                           
This bill would make clarifying amendments to the voter registration                                                            
and Permanent Fund Dividend application statutes amended in 2016                                                                
by ballot measure 15PFVR, which created a process for Alaskans to                                                               
register to vote using their Permanent Fund Dividend application. The                                                           
bill would clarify that the Director of the Division of Elections must                                                          
treat eligible Permanent Fund Dividend applicants as a new or updated                                                           
voter registrations, unless an applicant declines to provide the statutory                                                      
required information for voter registration.                                                                                    
The bill would also specify that the Director will process the                                                                  
registration information received and notify the applicant of his or her                                                        
registration status. Finally, the bill would make harmonizing                                                                   
amendments to AS 43.23.016 governing record sharing procedures                                                                  
from the Commissioner of the Department of Revenue to the Director                                                              
of the Division of Elections. If passed, this bill would save an                                                                
estimated $200,000 annually in mailing costs and efficiencies such as                                                           
fully automating the voter registration process and reducing paper                                                              

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I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure.                                                                        
Bill Walker