HB12-1292 - Update Election Law Administration Timing Process

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning Technical Modifications To Laws Relating To The Administration Of Elections, And, In Connection Therewith, Harmonizing Current Laws With Federal Law, Altering The Time Periods Within Which Certain Actions Must Be Taken, Raising Certain Fees, And Deleting Obsolete References.

The bill makes various technical and nonsubstantive changes to elections laws. Current law is amended to alter or clarify elections-related deadlines (including sections 13, 15, 16, 17, 32, and 40 ), update procedures in light of modern elections practices or technology (including sections 5, 28, and 29 ), correct, streamline, or harmonize laws (including sections 14, 19, 30, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 41, and 42 ), repeal redundant provisions ( section 8 ), and recognize the existence of more than 2 major political parties (including sections 7, 9, 12, 21, 24, 25, and 31 ).


  • Section 1 adds tribal identification to the list of acceptable elector identification.
  • When an elector has provided both an address of record and a deliverable mailing address, section 2 requires a county clerk and recorder to use the latter for elections-related communication.
  • Section 3 makes gender an optional response for a person registering to vote.
  • In addition to making an in-person request to submit a change of address, section 4 allows an elector to mail such request and aligns the time within which such request must be executed with the deadlines for submitting a mail-in ballot request.
  • Current law is silent as to the ability of a county clerk and recorder to cancel a voter registration application after an applicant has been apprised that his or her application is incomplete. Section 6 allows county clerk and recorders to cancel such deficient applications after 2 years.
  • Section 10 raises from $500 to $1,000 the fees to file as an unaffiliated candidate for president or vice president of the United States or congress.
  • Sections 11, 18, 20, and 22 expand a candidate's permissible use of a nickname on a ballot from primary elections to all elections, if he or she regularly uses the nickname and if it does not contain any words of the name of a major political party.
  • Currently, only county clerk and recorders may designate student election judges. Section 23 broadens this provision to allow any designated election official to use student election judges.
  • In order to make state law consistent with federal law, sections 26 and 27 allow any person to assist voters who need assistance.
  • Under section 33 , an eligible elector may request his or her ballot in-person after the ballot has been printed but prior to it being mailed.
  • Section 36 allows an elector to obtain a mail ballot by making an in-person request after it has been printed but before it is mailed.
Latest update: May 17, 2012
05/17/2012 Governor Action - Signed
05/08/2012 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/08/2012 Sent to the Governor
05/07/2012 Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/30/2012 Senate Third Reading Passed
04/27/2012 Senate Second Reading Passed
04/26/2012 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily
04/24/2012 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/09/2012 Senate Committee on State, Veterans & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
03/23/2012 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans & Military Affairs
03/21/2012 House Third Reading Passed
03/20/2012 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments
03/16/2012 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
02/29/2012 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
02/07/2012 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs