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28th Legislature(2013-2014)

Bill Text 28th Legislature


00 Enrolled SB 63                                                                                                          
01 Making contracts for the preparation of election ballots subject to the provisions of the state                         
02 procurement code.                                                                                                       
03                           _______________                                                                               
04    * Section 1. AS 15.15.030 is amended to read:                                                                      
05            Sec. 15.15.030. Preparation of official ballot. The director shall prepare all                             
06       official ballots to facilitate fairness, simplicity, and clarity in the voting procedure, to                      
07       reflect most accurately the intent of the voter, and to expedite the administration of                            
08       elections. The following directives shall be followed when applicable:                                            
09                 (1)  The director shall determine the size of the ballot, the type of print,                            
10       necessary additional instruction notes to voters, and other similar matters of form not                           
11       provided by law.                                                                                                  
12                 (2)  The director shall number ballots in series to ensure [ASSURE]                                 
13       simplicity and secrecy and to prevent fraud.                                                                      
14                 (3)  The director shall [MAY CONTRACT FOR THE                                                       
01       PREPARATION OF THE BALLOTS ON A REGIONAL BASIS IF NECESSARY                                                       
02       AND MAY] contract for the preparation of ballots under AS 36.30 (State                                        
03       Procurement Code) [WITHOUT OBTAINING COMPETITIVE BIDS].                                                       
04                 (4)  The director may not include on the ballot, as a part of a candidate's                         
05       name, any honorary or assumed title or prefix but may include in the candidate's name                             
06       any nickname or familiar form of a proper name of the candidate.                                                  
07                 (5)  The names of the candidates and their party designations shall be                                  
08       placed in separate sections on the state general election ballot under the office                                 
09       designation to which they were nominated. The party affiliation, if any, shall be                                 
10       designated after the name of the candidate. The lieutenant governor and the governor                              
11       shall be included under the same section. Provision shall be made for voting for write-                           
12       in and no-party candidates within each section. Paper ballots for the state general                               
13       election shall be printed on white paper.                                                                         
14                 (6)  The names of the candidates for each office shall be set out in the                                
15       same order on ballots printed for use in each house district. The director shall                                  
16       randomly determine the order of the names of the candidates for state representative                              
17       for each house district. The director shall rotate the order of placement of the names of                         
18       candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, United States senator, United States                                
19       representative, and state senator on the ballot for each house district.                                          
20                 (7)  The general election ballot shall be designed with the names of                                    
21       candidates of each political party, and of any independent candidates qualified under                             
22       AS 15.30.026, for the office of President and Vice-President of the United States                                 
23       placed in the same section on the ballot rather than the names of electors of President                           
24       and Vice-President.                                                                                               
25                 (8)  The general or special election ballot shall be designed with the                                  
26       title and proposition for any initiative, referendum, or constitutional amendment                                 
27       formulated as prescribed by law and placed on the ballot in the manner prescribed by                              
28       the director. When placed on the ballot, a state ballot proposition or ballot question                            
29       shall carry the number that was assigned to the petition for the proposition or question.                         
30       Provision shall be made for marking the proposition "Yes" or "No."                                                
31                 (9)  The general or special election ballot shall be designed with the                                  
01       question of whether a constitutional convention shall be called placed on the ballot in                           
02       the following manner: "Shall there be a constitutional convention?" Provision shall be                            
03       made for marking the question "Yes" or "No."                                                                      
04                 (10)  A nonpartisan ballot shall be designed for each judicial district in                              
05       which a justice or judge is seeking retention in office. The ballot shall be divided into                         
06       four parts. Each [AND EACH] part must bear a heading indicating the court to which                            
07       the candidate is seeking approval, and provision shall be made for marking each                               
08       question "Yes" or "No." [.] Within each part, the question of whether the justice or                      
09       judge shall be approved or rejected shall be set out in substantially the following                               
10       manner:                                                                                                           
11                      (A)  "Shall . . . . . . . be retained as justice of the supreme court                              
12            for 10 years?";                                                                                              
13                      (B)  "Shall . . . . . . . . . be retained as judge of the court of                                 
14            appeals for eight years?";                                                                                   
15                      (C)  "Shall . . . . . . . be retained as judge of the superior court                               
16            for six years?"; or                                                                                          
17                      (D)  "Shall . . . . . . . be retained as judge of the district court for                           
18            four years?" [PROVISION SHALL BE MADE FOR MARKING EACH                                                       
19            QUESTION "YES" OR "NO."]                                                                                     
20                 (11)  When the legislature by law authorizes a state debt for capital                                   
21       improvements, the director shall place the question of whether the specific                                       
22       authorization shall be ratified by placing the ballot title and question on the next                              
23       general election ballot, or on the special election ballot if a special election is held for                      
24       the purpose of ratifying the state debt for capital improvements before the time of the                           
25       next general election. Unless specifically provided otherwise in the Act authorizing                              
26       the debt, the ballot title shall, by the use of a few words in a succinct manner, indicate                        
27       the general subject of the Act. The question shall, by the use of a few sentences in a                            
28       succinct manner, give a true and impartial summary of the Act authorizing the state                               
29       debt. The question of whether state debt shall be contracted shall be assigned a letter                           
30       of the alphabet on the ballot. Provision shall be made for marking the question                                   
31       substantially as follows:                                                                                         
01                     "Bonds. . . . . . . Yes" or "Bonds . . . . . . No,"                                                 
02       followed by an appropriate oval.                                                                                  
03                 (12)  The director may provide for the optical scanning of ballots where                                
04       the requisite equipment is available.                                                                             
05                 (13)  The director may provide for voting by use of electronically                                      
06       generated ballots by a voter who requests to use a machine that produces electronically                           
07       generated ballots.                                                                                                
08    * Sec. 2. AS 36.30.850(b)(7) is amended to read:                                                                   
09                 (7)  contracts for the [PREPARATION AND] transportation of ballots                                      
10       under AS 15;                                                                                                      
11    * Sec. 3. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
12 read:                                                                                                                   
13       APPLICABILITY. This Act applies to contracts for the preparation of ballots for                                   
14 elections conducted on or after January 1, 2014.                                                                        
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