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HB 13: "An Act requiring notice of the postage required to mail an absentee ballot on the envelope provided by the division of elections for returning an absentee ballot; and repealing the authority to include certain material from a political party in the election pamphlet."

00                              HOUSE BILL NO. 13                                                                          
01 "An Act requiring notice of the postage required to mail an absentee ballot on the                                      
02 envelope provided by the division of elections for returning an absentee ballot; and                                    
03 repealing the authority to include certain material from a political party in the election                              
04 pamphlet."                                                                                                              
05 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
06    * Section 1. AS 15.20.030 is amended to read:                                                                      
07            Sec. 15.20.030. Preparation of ballots, envelopes, and other material. The                                 
08       director shall provide ballots for use as absentee ballots in all districts. The director                         
09       shall provide a secrecy sleeve in which the voter shall initially place the marked ballot,                        
10       and shall provide an envelope with the prescribed voter's certificate on it, in which the                         
11       secrecy sleeve with ballot enclosed shall be placed. The director shall prescribe the                             
12       form of and prepare the voter's certificate, envelopes, and other material used in                                
13       absentee voting. The voter's certificate shall include a declaration, for use when                                
14       required, that the voter is a qualified voter in all respects, a blank for the voter's                            
01       signature, a certification that the affiant properly executed the marking of the ballot                           
02       and gave the voter's identity, blanks for the attesting official or witness, and a place for                      
03       recording the date the envelope was sealed and witnessed. The envelope with the                                   
04       voter's certificate must include a notice that false statements made by the voter or by                           
05       the attesting official or witness on the certificate are punishable by law. The mailing                       
06       envelope for returning an absentee ballot must be preaddressed to the election                                
07       supervisor in the district in which the voter is a resident. The envelope for                                 
08       returning an absentee ballot must include a notice of the postage required to                                 
09       return the ballot by way of the United States Postal Service within the United                                
10       States.                                                                                                       
11    * Sec. 2. AS 15.20.081(c) is amended to read:                                                                      
12            (c)  After receipt of an application, the director shall send the absentee ballot                            
13       and other absentee voting material to the applicant by the most expeditious mail                                  
14       service. However, if the application requests that an absentee ballot for a state election                        
15       be sent by electronic transmission, the director shall send the absentee ballot and other                         
16       absentee voting material to the applicant by electronic transmission. Except as                                   
17       provided in (k) of this section, the absentee ballot and other absentee voting material                           
18       shall be sent as soon as they are ready for distribution. If the absentee ballot and other                        
19       absentee voting material are mailed to the applicant, the director shall provide a                            
20       return envelope that meets the requirements of AS 15.20.030 [SENT] with the ballot                            
21       and other materials [SHALL BE ADDRESSED TO THE ELECTION SUPERVISOR                                                
22       IN THE DISTRICT IN WHICH THE VOTER IS A RESIDENT].                                                                
23    * Sec. 3. AS 15.58.020(a)(8), 15.58.040, and 15.58.060(b) are repealed.