ARIZONA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Fifty-fifth Legislature

Second Regular Session

House: GE DPA 7-6-0-0


HB 2238: ballot drop boxes; prohibition

Sponsor: Representative Hoffman, LD 12

House Engrossed

Overview

Stipulates that a county recorder or other officer in charge of elections may not use an unmonitored drop box for voted early ballots.

History

Any election that is called pursuant to the laws of this state must provide for early voting and any qualified elector may vote by early ballot (A.R.S. § 16-541).  The early ballot must be prepared for use in the precinct where the applicant resides and is required to be identical to regular official ballots, except that is must have printed or stamped on it “early” (A.R.S. § 16-545).  After the voter marks the ballot, the ballot must be folded in order to conceal the vote and be deposited in the envelope provided for the voted ballot.  Together with the affidavit, the ballot must be delivered or mailed to the county recorder or other officer in charge of elections or deposited at any polling place in the county (A.R.S. § 16-548).

Provisions

1.   ☐ Prop 105 (45 votes)	     ☐ Prop 108 (40 votes)      ☐ Emergency (40 votes)	☐ Fiscal NoteProhibits a county recorder or other officer in charge of elections from using an unmonitored drop box for the receipt of voted ballots. (Sec. 1)

2.   Specifies that the provisions relating to the prohibition on unmonitored ballot drop boxes do not apply to the following:

a)   Ballot drop boxes that are monitored to ensure compliance with applicable laws within a polling place, voting center or other location where election staff is present and monitoring; and

b)   Post office boxes, privately owned mailboxes or cluster box units that are intended for the receipt and delivery of United States mail. (Sec. 1)

3.   Stipulates that for a location where it is not practicable for election staff to be present, the county must provide and maintain video surveillance 24 hours each day. (Sec. 1)

4.   Maintains that the video surveillance recordings must be retained by the county for four years. (Sec. 1)

5.   Prohibits, except as required by federal and state law, the county recorder from providing or allowing a voter to receive and vote a ballot from a vehicle or other conveyance. (Sec. 1)

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