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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature


00 Enrolled HB 104                                                                                                         
01 Relating to election practices and procedures; relating to the reporting of election campaign                           
02 contributions and expenditures; relating to identification requirements for a communication                             
03 paid for by a political party; relating to public records; relating to the election of an advisory                      
04 school board in a regional educational attendance area; and providing for an effective date.                            
05                           _______________                                                                               
06    * Section 1. AS 14.08.071 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                           
07            (e)  The lieutenant governor may provide for the election of an advisory school                              
08       board established under AS 14.08.115. An election conducted under this subsection                                 
09       shall be held on the first Tuesday in October. The lieutenant governor may adopt                                  
10       regulations governing an election conducted under this subsection.                                                
11    * Sec. 2. AS 15.05.011 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
12            (e)  Notwithstanding (b)(1) of this section, a person residing outside the United                            
01       States may register and vote absentee if                                                                          
02                 (1)  the parent or legal guardian of the person was domiciled in the state                              
03       immediately before leaving the United States; and                                                                 
04                 (2)  the director determines that the person meets the requirements of                                  
05       (b)(2) - (5) of this section.                                                                                     
06    * Sec. 3. AS 15.10.170 is amended to read:                                                                         
07            Sec. 15.10.170. Appointment and privileges of watchers. The precinct party                                 
08       committee, where an organized precinct committee exists, or the party district                                    
09       committee where no organized precinct committee exists, or the state party                                        
10       chairperson where neither a precinct nor a party district committee exists, may appoint                           
11       one or more persons as watchers in each precinct and counting center for any election.                            
12       Each candidate not representing a political party may appoint one or more watchers                                
13       for each precinct or counting center in the candidate's respective district or the state for                      
14       any election. Any organization or organized group that sponsors or opposes an                                     
15       initiative, referendum, or recall may have one or more persons as watchers at the polls                       
16       and counting centers after first obtaining authorization from the director. A state party                         
17       chairperson, a precinct party committee, a party district committee, or a candidate not                           
18       representing a political party or organization or organized group may not have more                               
19       than one watcher on duty at a time in any precinct or counting center. A watcher must                         
20       be a United States citizen. The watcher may be present at a position inside the place                         
21       of voting or counting that affords a full view of all action of the election officials taken                      
22       from the time the polls are opened until the ballots are finally counted and the results                          
23       certified by the election board or the data processing review board. The election board                           
24       or the data processing review board may require each watcher to present written proof                             
25       showing appointment by the precinct party committee, the party district committee,                                
26       the organization or organized group, or the candidate the watcher represents that is                              
27       signed by the chairperson of the precinct party committee, the party district                                     
28       committee, the state party chairperson, the organization or organized group, or the                               
29       candidate representing no party.                                                                                  
30    * Sec. 4. AS 15.10.170 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
31            (b)  In addition to the watchers appointed under (a) of this section, in a primary                           
01       election, special election under AS 15.40.140, or special runoff election under                                   
02       AS 15.40.141, each candidate may appoint one watcher in each precinct and counting                                
03       center.                                                                                                           
04    * Sec. 5. AS 15.10.180 is amended to read:                                                                         
05            Sec. 15.10.180. Appointment of state ballot counting review board. The                                     
06       director shall appoint two persons from the political party of which the governor is a                            
07       member and two persons from the political party that received the second largest                                  
08       number of votes statewide in the preceding gubernatorial election to participate in the                           
09       state ballot counting review. The director may appoint additional individuals to                                  
10       participate in the state ballot counting review. Appointees must be United States                             
11       citizens. Each political party may present to the director a list of three or more names                      
12       from which the director shall select the persons to represent the party. The list of                              
13       names may be submitted in writing at least 30 days before the date of the election. The                           
14       list of names shall be certified by the state chairperson of the political party or by the                        
15       person authorized by the party bylaws to act in the absence of the chairperson.                                   
16    * Sec. 6. AS 15.13.074(c) is amended to read:                                                                      
17            (c)  A person or group may not make a contribution                                                           
18                 (1)  to a candidate or an individual who files with the commission the                                  
19       document necessary to permit that individual to incur certain election-related expenses                           
20       as authorized by AS 15.13.100 when the office is to be filled at a general election                               
21       before the date that is 18 months before the general election;                                                    
22                 (2)  to a candidate or an individual who files with the commission the                                  
23       document necessary to permit that individual to incur certain election-related expenses                           
24       as authorized by AS 15.13.100 for an office that is to be filled at a special election or                         
25       municipal election before the date that is 18 months before the date of the regular                               
26       municipal election or that is before the date of the proclamation of the special election                         
27       at which the candidate or individual seeks election to public office; or                                          
28                 (3)  to any candidate later than the 45th day                                                           
29                      (A)  after the date of the primary election if the candidate was                                   
30            on the ballot and was not nominated at the primary election; or                                          
31                      (B)  after the date of the general election, or after the date of a                                
01            municipal or municipal runoff election.                                                                      
02    * Sec. 7. AS 15.13.090(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
03            (a)  All communications shall be clearly identified by the words "paid for by"                               
04       followed by the name and address of the person paying for the communication. In                                   
05       addition, except as provided by (d) of this section, a person shall clearly                                       
06                 (1)  provide the person's address or the person's principal place of                                    
07       business;                                                                                                         
08                 (2)  for a person other than an individual or candidate, include                                        
09                      (A)  the name and title of the person's principal officer;                                         
10                      (B)  a statement from the principal officer approving the                                          
11            communication; and                                                                                           
12                      (C)  unless the person is a political party, identification of the                             
13            name and city and state of residence or principal place of business, as                                      
14            applicable, of each of the person's three largest contributors under                                         
15            AS 15.13.040(e)(5), if any, during the 12-month period before the date of the                                
16            communication.                                                                                               
17    * Sec. 8. AS 15.13.090(c) is amended to read:                                                                      
18            (c)  To satisfy the requirements of (a)(1) of this section and, if applicable,                               
19       (a)(2)(C) of this section, a communication that includes a print or video component                               
20       must have the following statement or statements placed in the communication so as to                              
21       be easily discernible; the second statement is not required if the person paying for                          
22       the communication has no contributors or is a political party:                                                
23            This communication was paid for by (person's name and city and state                                         
24            of principal place of business). The top contributors of (person's name)                                     
25            are (the name and city and state of residence or principal place of                                          
26            business, as applicable, of the largest contributors to the person under                                     
27            AS 15.13.090(a)(2)(C)).                                                                                      
28    * Sec. 9. AS 15.13.090(d) is amended to read:                                                                      
29            (d)  Notwithstanding the requirements of (a) of this section, in a                                           
30       communication transmitted through radio or other audio media and in a                                             
31       communication that includes an audio component, the following statements must be                                  
01       read in a manner that is easily heard; the second statement is not required if the person                         
02       paying for the communication has no contributors or is a political party:                                     
03            This communication was paid for by (person's name). The top                                                  
04            contributors of (person's name) are (the name of the largest contributors                                    
05            to the person under AS 15.13.090(a)(2)(C)).                                                                
06    * Sec. 10. AS 15.13.110 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                             
07            (j)  Before the primary election, a candidate seeking nomination by petition                                 
08       under AS 15.25.140 - 15.25.200 for the office of governor, lieutenant governor, state                             
09       senator, or state representative shall file the reports under (a)(1) and (2) of this section.                     
10    * Sec. 11. AS 15.13.374(f) is amended to read:                                                                     
11            (f)  Advisory opinion requests and advisory opinions are public records subject                              
12       to inspection and copying under AS 40.25, except that, if a person requesting an                              
13       advisory opinion requests that the person's name be kept confidential, the                                    
14       person's name shall be kept confidential and the commission shall redact the                                  
15       name of the requester from the request and from the advisory opinion before                                   
16       making the request and opinion public.                                                                        
17    * Sec. 12. AS 15.20.045 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                             
18            (c)  In a municipality in which the division will not be operating an absentee                               
19       voting station, the director may designate the municipal clerk as an absentee voting                              
20       official for the limited purpose of distributing absentee ballots to qualified voters                             
21       under AS 15.20.061(a)(1) and qualified voters' representatives under AS 15.20.072. At                             
22       least 15 days before the election, the director shall supply municipal clerks designated                          
23       under this subsection with absentee ballots.                                                                      
24    * Sec. 13. AS 15.20.081(c) is amended to read:                                                                     
25            (c)  After receipt of an application, the director shall send the absentee ballot                            
26       and other absentee voting material to the applicant by the most expeditious mail                                  
27       service. However, if the application requests that an absentee ballot for a state election                        
28       be sent by electronic transmission, the director shall send the absentee ballot and other                         
29       absentee voting material to the applicant by electronic transmission. Except as                               
30       provided in (k) of this section, the [THE] absentee ballot and other absentee voting                          
31       material shall be sent as soon as they are ready for distribution. If the absentee ballot                         
01       and other absentee voting material are mailed to the applicant, the return envelope sent                          
02       with the ballot and other materials shall be addressed to the election supervisor in the                          
03       district in which the voter is a resident.                                                                        
04    * Sec. 14. AS 15.20.081(h) is amended to read:                                                                     
05            (h)  Except as provided in AS 15.20.480, an absentee ballot returned by mail                                 
06       from outside the United States or from an overseas voter qualifying under                                         
07       AS 15.05.011 that has been marked and mailed not later than election day may not be                               
08       counted unless the ballot is received by the election supervisor not later than the close                         
09       of business on the                                                                                                
10                 (1)  10th day following a primary election or special election under                                
11       AS 15.40.140; or                                                                                              
12                 (2)  15th day following a general election, special runoff election, or                         
13       special [THE] election, other than a special election described in (1) of this                            
14       subsection.                                                                                                   
15    * Sec. 15. AS 15.20.081 is amended by adding new subsections to read:                                              
16            (k)  In accordance with 42 U.S.C. 1973ff-1(a)(8)(A), if an application is                                    
17       received at least 45 days before an election and is from an absent uniformed services                             
18       voter or an overseas voter, the director shall send an absentee ballot and other voting                           
19       material to the applicant not later than 45 days before the election.                                             
20            (l)  If an application is received at least 45 days before an election and is from                           
21       a voter who notifies the director in writing that the voter expects to be living, working,                        
22       or traveling outside the United States at the time of the election or expects to be living,                       
23       working, or traveling in a remote area of the state where distance, terrain, or other                             
24       natural conditions deny the voter reasonable access to a polling place at the time of the                         
25       election, the director shall send an absentee ballot and other voting material to the                             
26       applicant not later than 45 days before the election.                                                             
27    * Sec. 16. AS 15.20.203(i) is amended to read:                                                                     
28            (i)  The director shall mail the materials described in (h) of this section to the                           
29       voter not later than                                                                                              
30                 (1)  10 days after completion of the review of ballots by the state                                     
31       review board for a primary election, or for a special election under AS 15.40.140                             
01       that is followed by a special runoff election;                                                                
02                 (2)  60 days after certification of the results of a general election,                              
03       special runoff election, or special election other than a special election described in                   
04       (1) of this subsection.                                                                                       
05    * Sec. 17. AS 15.20.203(j) is amended to read:                                                                     
06            (j)  The director shall make available through a free access system to each                                  
07       absentee voter a system to check to see whether the voter's ballot was counted and, if                            
08       not counted, the reason why the ballot was not counted. The director shall make this                              
09       information available through the free access system not less than                                                
10                 (1)  10 days after certification of the results of a primary election, or a                     
11       special election under AS 15.40.140 that is followed by a special runoff election;                            
12       and                                                                                                               
13                 (2)  [NOT LESS THAN] 30 days after certification of the results of a                                
14       general or special election, other than a special election described in (1) of this                           
15       subsection.                                                                                                   
16    * Sec. 18. AS 15.20.207(i) is amended to read:                                                                     
17            (i)  The director shall mail the materials described in (h) of this section to the                           
18       voter not later than                                                                                              
19                 (1)  10 days after completion of the review of ballots by the state                                     
20       review board for a primary election, or for a special election under AS 15.40.140                             
21       that is followed by a special runoff election;                                                                
22                 (2)  60 days after certification of the results of a general or special                                 
23       election, other than a special election described in (1) of this subsection.                                  
24    * Sec. 19. AS 15.20.207(k) is amended to read:                                                                     
25            (k)  The director shall make available through a free access system to each                                  
26       voter voting a questioned ballot a system to check to see whether the voter's ballot was                          
27       counted and, if not counted, the reason why the ballot was not counted. The director                              
28       shall make this information available through the free access system not less than                                
29                 (1)  10 days after certification of the results of a primary election, or a                     
30       special election under AS 15.40.140 that is followed by a special runoff election;                            
31       and                                                                                                               
01                 (2)  [NOT LESS THAN] 30 days after the certification of the results of                              
02       a general or special election, other than a special election described in (1) of this                         
03       subsection.                                                                                                   
04    * Sec. 20. AS 15.20.211(d) is amended to read:                                                                     
05            (d)  The director shall mail the materials described in (c) of this section to the                           
06       voter not later than                                                                                              
07                 (1)  10 days after completion of the review of ballots by the state                                     
08       review board for a primary election, or for a special election under AS 15.40.140                             
09       that is followed by a special runoff election;                                                                
10                 (2)  60 days after certification of the results of a general or special                                 
11       election, other than a special election described in (1) of this subsection.                                  
12    * Sec. 21. AS 15.20.211(f) is amended to read:                                                                     
13            (f)  The director shall make available through a free access system to each                                  
14       voter whose ballot was subject to partial counting under this section a system to check                           
15       to see whether the voter's ballot was partially counted and, if not counted, the reason                           
16       why the ballot was not counted. The director shall make this information available                                
17       through the free access system not less than                                                                      
18                 (1)  10 days after certification of the results of a primary election, or a                     
19       special election under AS 15.40.140 that is followed by a special runoff election;                            
20       and                                                                                                               
21                 (2)  [NOT LESS THAN] 30 days after the certification of the results of                              
22       a general or special election, other than a special election described in (1) of this                         
23       subsection.                                                                                                 
24    * Sec. 22. AS 15.25.020 is amended to read:                                                                        
25            Sec. 15.25.020. Date of primary. The primary election is held on the third                             
26       [FOURTH] Tuesday in August of every even-numbered year.                                                           
27    * Sec. 23. AS 15.25.055 is amended to read:                                                                        
28            Sec. 15.25.055. Removal of name from primary ballot. A candidate's name                                    
29       must appear on the primary election ballot unless notice of the withdrawal from the                               
30       primary is received by the director at least 52 [48] days before the date of the primary                      
31       election.                                                                                                         
01    * Sec. 24. AS 15.25.056(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
02            (a)  If an unopposed incumbent candidate for renomination dies, becomes                                      
03       disqualified from holding the office the candidate is seeking, or is certified as being                           
04       incapacitated between June 1 of the election year and that date which is more than 54                         
05       [50] days before the date of the primary election, the candidate's place on the ballot                            
06       may be filled by party petition. The petition shall state that the political party requests                       
07       the name of the proposed candidate replace that of the incumbent on the primary                                   
08       election ballot and shall be accompanied by a declaration of candidacy from the                                   
09       person named in the petition. The petition must be received by the director not [NO]                          
10       later than 14 days after the death, disqualification, or certification of incapacity of the                       
11       incumbent or 52 [48] days before the primary election date, whichever time is earlier.                        
12    * Sec. 25. AS 15.25.056(c) is amended to read:                                                                     
13            (c)  The death, disqualification, or certification of incapacity of the incumbent                            
14       within 52 [48] days before or on the primary election date does not affect the counting                       
15       and review of the ballots. If the result of the counting and review discloses that the                            
16       candidate, if the candidate had lived, would have been nominated, the candidate shall                             
17       be declared nominated. The vacancy may be filled by party petition as provided in                                 
18       AS 15.25.110 - 15.25.130.                                                                                         
19    * Sec. 26. AS 15.25.110 is amended to read:                                                                        
20            Sec. 15.25.110. Filling vacancies by party petition. If a candidate of a                                   
21       political party nominated at the primary election dies, withdraws, resigns, becomes                               
22       disqualified from holding the office for which the candidate is nominated, or is                                  
23       certified as being incapacitated in the manner prescribed by this section after the                               
24       primary election and 64 [48] days or more before the general election, the vacancy                            
25       may be filled by party petition. The central committee of any political party or any                              
26       party district committee may certify as being incapacitated any candidate nominated                               
27       by their respective party by presenting to the director a sworn statement made by a                               
28       panel of three licensed physicians, not more than two of whom may be of the same                                  
29       political party, that the candidate is physically or mentally incapacitated to an extent                          
30       that would in the panel's judgment prevent the candidate from active service during                               
31       the term of office if elected. The director shall place the name of the person nominated                          
01       by party petition on the general election ballot. The name of a candidate disqualified                            
02       under this section may not appear on the general election ballot.                                                 
03    * Sec. 27. AS 15.25.120 is amended to read:                                                                        
04            Sec. 15.25.120. Requirements for party petition. Party petitions for the                                   
05       nomination of candidates shall state in substance that the political party desires and                            
06       intends to support the named candidate for the named office and requests that the                                 
07       name of the proposed candidate be placed on the general election ballot. The petition                             
08       may be filed not [NO] later than 64 [48] days before the date of the general election.                    
09    * Sec. 28. AS 15.25.200 is amended to read:                                                                        
10            Sec. 15.25.200. Withdrawal of candidate's name. If a candidate nominated                                   
11       by petition dies or withdraws after the petition has been filed and 64 [48] days or more                      
12       before the general election, the director may not place the name of the candidate on                              
13       the general election ballot.                                                                                      
14    * Sec. 29. AS 15.35.135(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
15            (b)  The name of a candidate for retention for supreme court justice, judge of                               
16       the court of appeals, superior court judge, or district court judge must appear on the                            
17       general election ballot unless notice under (a) of this section of withdrawal of                                  
18       candidacy is received by the director at least 64 [48] days before the date of the                            
19       general election.                                                                                                 
20    * Sec. 30. AS 15.40.140 is amended to read:                                                                        
21            Sec. 15.40.140. Condition [AND TIME] of calling special election. When a                                   
22       vacancy occurs in the office of United States senator or United States representative,                            
23       the governor shall, by proclamation, call a special election under AS 15.40.142(a)                            
24       [TO BE HELD ON A DATE NOT LESS THAN 60, NOR MORE THAN 90, DAYS                                                    
25       AFTER THE DATE THE VACANCY OCCURS]. However, if the vacancy occurs on                                             
26       a date that is less than 60 days before or is on or after the date of the primary election                        
27       in the general election year during which a candidate to fill the office is regularly                             
28       elected, the governor may not call a special election.                                                            
29    * Sec. 31. AS 15.40 is amended by adding new sections to read:                                                     
30            Sec. 15.40.141. Condition of calling a special runoff election. (a) If no                                  
31       candidate in a special election called under AS 15.40.140 receives over 50 percent of                             
01       the votes cast for the office, the governor shall, by proclamation, call a special runoff                         
02       election under AS 15.40.142(b).                                                                                   
03            (b)  In a special runoff election called under (a) of this section, the director                             
04       shall place the names of the candidates receiving the greatest number of votes and the                            
05       second greatest number of votes in the special election on the special runoff election                            
06       ballot.                                                                                                           
07            Sec. 15.40.142. Time of calling the special election and the special runoff                                
08       election. (a) Except as provided in (c) of this section, if a special election is called                        
09       under AS 15.40.140, it shall be held on a date not less than 60, nor more than 90, days                           
10       after the date the vacancy occurs.                                                                                
11            (b)  Except as provided in (c) of this section, a special runoff election under                              
12       AS 15.40.141 shall be held on the first Tuesday that is not a state holiday occurring                             
13       not less than 60 days after the special election.                                                                 
14            (c)  In an election year in which a candidate for the vacant office is not                                   
15       regularly elected, and the vacancy occurs on a date that is not less than 60, nor more                            
16       than 90, days before the date of                                                                                  
17                 (1)  the primary election, the special election shall be held on the date                               
18       of the primary election with any subsequent special runoff election under                                         
19       AS 15.40.141 to be held on the date of the general election; or                                                   
20                 (2)  the general election, the special election shall be held on the date of                            
21       the general election with any subsequent special runoff election under AS 15.40.141 to                            
22       be held on the first Tuesday that is not a state holiday occurring not less than 60 days                          
23       after the special and general election.                                                                           
24    * Sec. 32. AS 15.40.160 is amended to read:                                                                        
25            Sec. 15.40.160. Proclamation. The governor shall issue the proclamation at                                 
26       least 50 days before the                                                                                          
27                 (1)  special election; and                                                                      
28                 (2)  if a special runoff election is required under AS 15.40.141(a),                                
29       special runoff election.                                                                                      
30    * Sec. 33. AS 15.40.165 is amended to read:                                                                        
31            Sec. 15.40.165. Term of elected senator. At the special election, or, as                               
01       provided by AS 15.40.141, at the special runoff election, a United States senator                             
02       shall be elected to fill the remainder of the unexpired term. The person elected shall                            
03       take office on the date the United States Senate meets, convenes, or reconvenes                                   
04       following the certification of the results of the special election or special runoff                          
05       election by the director.                                                                                     
06    * Sec. 34. AS 15.40.170 is amended to read:                                                                        
07            Sec. 15.40.170. Term of elected representative. At the special election, or, as                        
08       provided by AS 15.40.141, at the special runoff election, a United States                                     
09       representative shall be elected to fill the remainder of the unexpired term. The person                           
10       elected shall take office on the date the United States house of representatives meets,                           
11       convenes, or reconvenes following the certification of the results of the special                                 
12       election or special runoff election by the director.                                                          
13    * Sec. 35. AS 15.40.220 is amended to read:                                                                        
14            Sec. 15.40.220. General provisions for conduct of special election and                                   
15       special runoff election. Unless specifically provided otherwise, all provisions                               
16       regarding the conduct of the general election shall govern the conduct of the special                             
17       election and the special runoff election of the United States senator or United States                        
18       representative, including provisions concerning voter qualifications; provisions                                  
19       regarding the duties, powers, rights, and obligations of the director, of other election                          
20       officials, and of municipalities; provision for notification of the election; provision for                       
21       payment of election expenses; provisions regarding employees being allowed time                                   
22       from work to vote; provisions for the counting, reviewing, and certification of returns;                          
23       provision for running as, voting for, and counting ballots for a write-in                                     
24       candidate; provisions for the determination of the votes and of recounts, contests, and                       
25       appeal; and provision for absentee voting.                                                                        
26    * Sec. 36. AS 15.45.190 is amended to read:                                                                        
27            Sec. 15.45.190. Placing proposition on ballot. The lieutenant governor shall                               
28       direct the director to place the ballot title and proposition on the election ballot of the                       
29       first statewide general, special, special runoff, or primary election that is held after                      
30                 (1)  the petition has been filed;                                                                       
31                 (2)  a legislative session has convened and adjourned; and                                              
01                 (3)  a period of 120 days has expired since the adjournment of the                                      
02       legislative session.                                                                                              
03    * Sec. 37. AS 15.45.420 is amended to read:                                                                        
04            Sec. 15.45.420. Placing proposition on ballot. The lieutenant governor shall                               
05       direct the director to place the ballot title and proposition on the election ballot for the                      
06       first statewide general, special, special runoff, or primary election held more than 180                      
07       days after adjournment of the legislative session at which the act was passed.                                    
08    * Sec. 38. AS 15.58.010 is amended to read:                                                                        
09            Sec. 15.58.010. Election pamphlet. Before each state general election, and                                 
10       before each state primary, special, or special runoff election at which a ballot                          
11       proposition is scheduled to appear on the ballot, the lieutenant governor shall prepare,                          
12       publish, and mail at least one election pamphlet to each household identified from the                            
13       official registration list. The pamphlet shall be prepared on a regional basis as                                 
14       determined by the lieutenant governor.                                                                            
15    * Sec. 39. AS 15.58.020(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
16            (b)  Each primary, special, or special runoff election pamphlet shall contain                        
17       only the information specified in (a)(6) and (a)(9) of this section for each ballot                               
18       measure scheduled to appear on the primary, [OR] special, or special runoff election                      
19       ballot.                                                                                                           
20    * Sec. 40. AS 15.58.030 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                             
21            (h)  The lieutenant governor shall prepare and publish on the division's Internet                            
22       website the photograph and statement of a candidate for an office designated under                                
23       (a), (b), or (g) of this section. The lieutenant governor shall indicate that the                                 
24       photograph and statement are provided and paid for by the candidate. A photograph                                 
25       and a statement of a candidate that have been timely filed with the lieutenant governor                           
26       shall be published on the website at least 15 days before an election at which the                                
27       candidate will appear on the ballot.                                                                              
28    * Sec. 41. AS 15.80.010(8) is amended to read:                                                                     
29                 (8)  "federal election" means a general, special, special runoff, or                                
30       primary election held solely or in part for the purpose of selecting, nominating, or                          
31       electing a candidate for the office of President, Vice-President, presidential elector,                           
01       United States senator, or United States representative;                                                           
02    * Sec. 42. AS 15.80.010 is amended by adding new paragraphs to read:                                               
03                 (43)  "absent uniformed services voter" has the meaning given in 42                                     
04       U.S.C. 1973ff-6;                                                                                                  
05                 (44)  "overseas voter" has the meaning given in 42 U.S.C. 1973ff-6;                                     
06                 (45)  "special runoff election" means a runoff election for a United                                    
07       States senator or United States representative held because no candidate for the office                           
08       received over 50 percent of the votes cast at the special election for that office.                               
09    * Sec. 43. AS 29.20.380 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                             
10            (c)  The municipal clerk may act as an absentee voting official under                                        
11       AS 15.20.045(c) for the limited purpose of distributing absentee ballots to qualified                             
12       voters or qualified voters' representatives under AS 15.20.072 in a municipality in                               
13       which the division of elections will not be operating an absentee voting station.                                 
14    * Sec. 44. AS 15.20.081(i) and 15.20.082 are repealed.                                                             
15    * Sec. 45. This Act takes effect January 1, 2014.                                                                  
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