Fifty-sixth Legislature

First Regular Session

House: MOE DP 6-4-0-0

HB 2231: early absentee voting; limitations; conflicts

Sponsor: Representative Harris, LD 13

Caucus & COW


Outlines the circumstances in which a qualified elector may vote an early absentee ballot. 


The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) requires states to allow certain groups of citizens to register and vote an early absentee ballot in elections for federal offices.  Individuals covered by UOCAVA include United States citizens who are members of the uniformed services and merchant marine, their family members and United States citizens residing outside of the United States (P.L. 99-410).


1.   ☐ Prop 105 (45 votes)	     ☐ Prop 108 (40 votes)      ☐ Emergency (40 votes)	☐ Fiscal NoteSpecifies that only a qualified elector who meets one or more of the criteria prescribed in statute may vote by early absentee ballot. (Sec. 1)

2.   Removes statute allowing a qualified elector to vote early in special district mail ballot elections. (Sec. 1)

3.   Prohibits a qualified elector from voting by early absentee ballot, unless the person:

a)   Is confined and physically unable to go to the polls;

b)   Expects to be absent from their precinct at the time the election will be held; or

c)   Is blind or visually impaired. (Sec. 1)

4.   Clarifies the supremacy of federal law in circumstances in which this law conflicts with federal law. (Sec. 1)

5.   Requires the narrow interpretation of this law in a manner in which federal control is limited to the specific areas of conflict. (Sec. 1)

6.   Contains a severability clause. (Sec. 1)

7.   Contains a conforming legislation clause. (Sec. 2)



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