REFERENCE TITLE: municipal election officers; certification training




State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-fifth Legislature

First Regular Session




HB 2363


Introduced by

Representatives Kavanagh: Bolick, Nutt





amending section 16-407, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to conduct of elections.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Section 16-407, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE16-407.  Election officers; qualifications; certificates; certification programs; plan; exemption; election training fund

A.  Except as provided in subsection E of this section, no a person may not perform the duties or exercise the authority of an election officer or of the clerk of the board of supervisors or the county recorder in performance of election duties in or on behalf of any county unless the person is the holder of an election officer's certificate issued by the secretary of state before January 1 of each general election year.

B.  The secretary of state shall provide for the examination of applicants for election officer certificates.  The secretary of state may not issue a certificate to a person who has not demonstrated to the satisfaction of the secretary of state that the person is competent to perform the work of an election officer or of the clerk of the board of supervisors or the county recorder in the performance of election duties.

C.  The secretary of state shall provide for election officer certification programs of which successful completion by a person attests to the attendance at, participation in and completion of a course of instruction in the technical, legal and administrative aspects of conducting elections within this state.

D.  On or before December 31 of each year of a general election, the secretary of state shall submit an election officer education, training and certification plan to the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives.  The plan shall outline the achievements and problems of the previous two year period and specify the expected education, training and certification activities of the coming two year period.

E.  Subsection A of this section does not apply to elected officials, clerical and secretarial personnel, counting center personnel and precinct election board members and election officials in cities or towns.

F.  For city and town employees who work on elections, the city or town may train its own employees if the city or town training program is approved by the secretary of state or, if the city or town chooses to enroll the city or town employees in the certification program prescribed by this section, the city or town shall reimburse the secretary of state for the costs of conducting the training.  An election training fund is established consisting of monies received pursuant to this subsection.  The secretary of state shall administer the fund.  Monies in the fund are continuously appropriated and the secretary of state shall use monies in the fund to pay the costs of training officials from cities and towns pursuant to this subsection. END_STATUTE