Legislature(2017 - 2018)GRUENBERG 120

04/14/2017 01:00 PM JUDICIARY

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+ HB 1 ELECTION REGISTRATION AND VOTING TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+ HB 13 NO ST/MUNI FUNDS: FED IMMIGRAT REGISTRY TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled but Not Heard
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 200 NONPARTISAN OPEN PRIMARY ELECTIONS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 208 TRUSTS; COMM PROP TRUSTS; POWERS OF APPT TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 208 Out of Committee
             HB 1-ELECTION REGISTRATION AND VOTING                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:05:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN announced that the  final order of business would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL  NO. 1, "An  Act relating to absentee  voting, voting,                                                               
and  voter registration;  relating to  early voting  locations at                                                               
which persons  may vote  absentee ballots;  and providing  for an                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:06:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS TUCK, Alaska  State Legislature, pointed out                                                               
the importance  of every Alaskan  having the opportunity  to have                                                               
their voices  heard in an  election process, and  paraphrased the                                                               
sponsor statement as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     The  right  to vote  embodies  the  spirit of  American                                                                    
     democracy.  Casting  a  vote  is  the  most  discretely                                                                    
     effective  way  to  have  one's   voice  heard  in  the                                                                    
     political process.  When we exercise our  right to vote                                                                    
     we impact our community far  beyond an election: we are                                                                    
     able to  elect individuals  who will make  decisions on                                                                    
     our behalf  about how our  government will be  run, set                                                                    
     the  policies  that  will  guide  our  state,  and  how                                                                    
     resources, both national and local, are distributed.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Unfortunately, a  surprising number of  Americans don't                                                                    
     exercise their  right to vote.  On average,  only about                                                                    
     half  of eligible  US  voters  cast ballots.  Although,                                                                    
     Alaska is one of a  handful of states which exceeded 50                                                                    
     percent voter  turnout in 2014, almost  half of Alaskan                                                                    
     voters are effectively not being heard.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     House Bill 1  includes a series of  changes designed to                                                                    
     increase  voter  participation  and  access  to  voting                                                                    
     across  the  state  by  improving  and  clarifying  the                                                                    
     voting process. These changes include:                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
          Providing  same day  voter  registration to  allow                                                                    
          all eligible Alaskans the opportunity to vote;                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
          Enhancing    online   voter    registration   with                                                                    
          electronic  signatures  to make  the  registration                                                                    
          process quicker and easier;                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
          Ensuring  the  same  early  voting  locations  are                                                                    
          available during every election;                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
        Creating on option for permanent absentee voting                                                                        
        for individuals that plan to vote by mail every                                                                         
          year; and                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
         Clarifying and unifying terminology for early                                                                          
        voting to remove confusion between early voting                                                                         
          and absentee in-person voting.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     By adopting the changes in House Bill 1, we can take a                                                                     
     step forward to increase the voice of all Alaskans.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  explained  that  the  House  State  Affairs                                                               
Standing Committee  hearings received feedback from  the Division                                                               
of Elections seeking  to clean-up and basically  update Title 15,                                                               
which had not been updated since  the 1960s.  He pointed out that                                                               
part of the clean-up language  was bringing Alaska's statutes up-                                                               
to-date  with   the  current  procedures   of  the   Division  of                                                               
Elections.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:08:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KENDRA KLOSTER,  Staff, Representative  Chris Tuck,  Alaska State                                                               
Legislature, explained that Section  1 removes language requiring                                                               
a  voter to  register before  an election  within 30  days, as  a                                                               
voter can register  to vote the same day they  vote but they must                                                               
have lived in their district for 30 days.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER advised that Sec.  2 permits a person, registering or                                                               
reregistering  as   a  voter,  to   apply  using   an  electronic                                                               
signature.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:10:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD  asked  the   sponsor  to  describe  any                                                               
concerns  or  feedback from  the  public  as to  registering  and                                                               
voting the same day versus the 30 day requirement.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK responded  that the  only concerns  received                                                               
were  with regard  to verification  at  the time  the ballot  was                                                               
counted.  He noted that, similar to Alaska's early voting or in-                                                                
person  absentee  voting, the  ballots  are  always under  review                                                               
prior to being counted.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE REINBOLD  commented that she had  heard opposition                                                               
with regard  to the 30  day versus "the  no requirement for  a 30                                                               
day election."                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  clarified that  currently a person  can vote                                                               
in-person absentee and change their  voter registration within 10                                                               
days of  the election.   He explained  that the first  section of                                                               
the legislation allows  a first time voter to  change their voter                                                               
registration within 10  days of the election as well  as a person                                                               
previously  allowed  to vote.    He  further explained  that  the                                                               
questioned ballot and absentee ballot  serves the dual purpose of                                                               
being a  ballot, and also  a place to  indicate any changes.   He                                                               
further explained that Section 1 allows  a voter to vote down the                                                               
ballot, and not just the top of the ballot.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:12:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD asked  whether  the voter  still had  to                                                               
register   30   days  prior,   but   they   could  change   their                                                               
registration.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  disagreed,  and clarified  that  Section  1                                                               
requires a  voter to be a  resident 30 days prior  to voting, the                                                               
residency requirement remains in  statute and in the Constitution                                                               
of the State of Alaska.  Section  1 allows a voter who has been a                                                               
resident [of a district] longer than  30 days to register to vote                                                               
and vote up to the same day of the election, he said.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:13:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EASTMAN  referred to page  2, line 2, of  the bill                                                               
and  asked whether  "jurisdiction" represented  another state  or                                                               
country.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  pointed  out that  the  language  currently                                                               
exists under AS 15.07, and paraphrased  from page 2, line 2, "and                                                               
is not registered to vote  in another jurisdiction outside of the                                                               
State of Alaska."                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EASTMAN referred to the  bill, page 2, line 2, and                                                               
paraphrased "is not registered to vote in another jurisdiction."                                                                
He  asked  whether  there  was   a  mechanism  by  which  someone                                                               
registered in another state could  unregister before the election                                                               
day.   He commented that  in the event the  legislation announces                                                               
to Alaskans  they can  register without waiting  the 30  days, he                                                               
said he would hate  for someone to show up to  vote but could not                                                               
vote because  this language says  they cannot have  registered to                                                               
vote previously.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK deferred  to  the Division  of Elections  to                                                               
speak to  how the division currently  deals with that issue.   He                                                               
advised that last year Alaska  joined the Electronic Registration                                                               
Information Center (ERIC)  system, which is a manner  in which to                                                               
verify  a  person's voter  registration  in  another state.    He                                                               
commented that  Representative Eastman's question was  whether or                                                               
not someone  could unregister  from another  state to  be certain                                                               
they were not  in violation of this statute, and  deferred to Ms.                                                               
Kloster.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS.  KLOSTER advised  that when  registering to  vote in  Alaska,                                                               
there  is a  box to  mark on  the ballot  indicating whether  the                                                               
person is registered to vote in  another state, and when that box                                                               
is  marked the  person is  removed from  the voter  rolls in  the                                                               
other  state.   Currently,  she said,  in order  to  vote in  the                                                               
election the person  must have lived in Alaska for  30 days, with                                                               
the  exception that  they could  vote  for the  president of  the                                                               
United States.  However, this  reads that Alaska's same day voter                                                               
registration allows the  person to vote down ballot,  but it does                                                               
not change  the requirement  that the person  must have  lived in                                                               
the state or district for 30 days.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:15:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  EASTMAN surmised  that the  registration and  un-                                                               
registration is  automatic on  the day the  person fills  out the                                                               
form, which could be the day of  the election.  He asked why this                                                               
bill  maintained that  language  because the  statute says,  "You                                                               
know, you can do this as  long you're not registered."  He opined                                                               
that the un-registration  process was not automatic  and it would                                                               
not allow  him to un-register  from another state,  then register                                                               
to vote in Alaska, and then vote all on the same day.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER deferred to the  Division of Elections, and said that                                                               
currently, in  order for  the division to  be certain  the person                                                               
was not voting  in two separate states and was  within the 30 day                                                               
mark,  the person  would vote  a questioned  ballot allowing  the                                                               
information  to be  authenticated  before the  vote was  actually                                                               
counted.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:17:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  KLOSTER, continuing  the  sectional  analysis, advised  that                                                               
Sec. 2, permits a person  registering or reregistering as a voter                                                               
to apply using  an electronic signature, such as  "My Alaska" and                                                               
in the manner in which a  person registers for the permanent fund                                                               
dividend.  She  advised that Sec. 3, allows that  the director of                                                               
the Division  of Elections determine  the form of  the electronic                                                               
signature  and a  definition that  works best  for the  division.                                                               
Ms.  Kloster  said that  Sec.  4,  allows  a qualified  voter  to                                                               
register on  the same day  of the election  or within 30  days of                                                               
residency.    She  explained  that Sec.  5,  amends  the  section                                                               
referring  to  the form  of  the  voter's certificate  [used  for                                                               
voting  an  absentee  in-person,  special  needs,  or  questioned                                                           
ballot] and  the person  can include  any information  they would                                                               
like  to change.   The  section also  adds the  language "special                                                               
needs."   Sec.  6, she  advised,  makes certain  the absentee  or                                                               
questioned ballot  includes a "special  needs ballot"  under that                                                               
definition.    Sec. 7,  clarifies  that  a voter  registering  or                                                               
reregistering would  vote a questioned  ballot, which  would then                                                               
be reviewed  to make  certain the person  was a  qualified voter,                                                               
she said.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
[Ms. Kloster skipped Sec. 8 in the sectional analysis.]                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:18:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER noted that Sec.  9, is clean-up language referring to                                                               
voting absentee or questioned ballot.   Sec. 10, she said, "Again                                                               
the same  thing."  Sec.  11, clarifies the terminology  for early                                                               
voting, rather  than absentee or  absentee in-person  voting, she                                                               
explained.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:19:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE REINBOLD  referred to Secs.  10 and 11,  and asked                                                               
Ms. Kloster to explain the sections and the new language.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER  responded that the current  terminology is "absentee                                                               
or  absentee in-person"  voting, meaning  early voting  two weeks                                                               
prior to the  election.  There was some confusion,  she noted, as                                                               
to what absentee  in-person voting actually meant  so the sponsor                                                               
changed  the terminology  to say  that  it is  all called  "early                                                               
voting."                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD  surmised that  under  Sec.  11, in  the                                                               
event  a person  votes absentee  by mail,  or votes  at an  early                                                               
voting station and votes in-person,  the terminology would now be                                                               
"early voting."                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MS.  KLOSTER answered  that Representative  Reinbold was  correct                                                               
and explained  that none  of the  procedures were  changed within                                                               
the  Division   of  Elections,  the   bill  simply   changes  the                                                               
terminology.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:21:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN  referred to the  bill, page  4, and noted  that Ms.                                                               
Kloster advised  that the goal  was to change the  terminology to                                                               
"early voting" and do away  with [the current terminology].  Yet,                                                               
he pointed  out, absentee voting  was listed three to  four times                                                               
on the page.   He then asked  that if the goal was  to change the                                                               
terminology  to early  voting, why  does the  bill still  call it                                                               
absentee voting.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK responded that the  reason was due to current                                                               
statutes.  Sec. 9, he explained,  relates to a person claiming to                                                               
be a  registered voter but  for whom no evidence  of registration                                                               
could be  located in  the precinct, that  person would  then vote                                                               
absentee  or  questioned ballot.    In  that manner,  he  further                                                               
explained, verification  would happen after the  person voted and                                                               
prior to the ballot being counted.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK, in  response  to Representative  Reinbold's                                                               
question, answered that  the State of Alaska has  only six actual                                                               
early voting  locations.  At  those locations information  can be                                                               
immediately verified as to where  a person currently lived, their                                                               
exact precinct  number, and their  vote would be  counted without                                                               
any question.   There are 181  locations where a person  can vote                                                               
absentee in-person up  to 15 days prior to the  election.  It was                                                               
discovered during the 2014 election  that many people were turned                                                               
away  and told  they  couldn't vote  absentee  because they  were                                                               
present to vote,  he advised.  The intent of  this legislation is                                                               
clarification  and the  committee will  continue to  see absentee                                                               
and  questioned  ballots  listed   through  the  statutes.    The                                                               
presentation  would  get  to  the   sections  calling  it  "early                                                               
voting," he advised.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:23:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD  referred  to  Sec.  9,  and  asked  the                                                               
sponsor to drill down as to his goal in changing the language.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  reiterated that  in  the  event a  person's                                                               
information could  not be  verified at the  time of  voting, they                                                               
could vote  absentee or questioned  ballot and  their eligibility                                                               
would be verified during the time  it was necessary to count that                                                               
ballot.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:24:25 PM-                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX described the  legislation as attempting to                                                               
make the process  consistent, which was a good thing.   She asked                                                               
whether  the division  had  shared the  reason  for the  somewhat                                                               
convoluted and  arcane manner of  early voting and  then absentee                                                               
in-person voting terminology.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK   described  the  evolutionary   process  as                                                               
follows: initially, there was absentee  voting because the person                                                               
could not make it to  their polling location or was out-of-state;                                                               
it  then   evolved  to  an   absentee  mail-in  ballot   for  the                                                               
convenience of voting and not  leaving home; it then evolved into                                                               
opening  stations  for those  who  preferred  to vote  early  and                                                               
called  it  absentee in-person  voting;  and  the intent  of  the                                                               
legislation is consistency  throughout.  He added  there are also                                                               
special   needs  voting   and  other   voting  methods   to  keep                                                               
consistent.   He  related that  this bill  turned into  a cleanup                                                               
bill for Title 15.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:26:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER,  in continuing the sectional  analysis, advised that                                                               
Sec. 12,  clarifies the  privileges of  poll watchers  and brings                                                               
the statutes up-to-date while clarifying  the current practice of                                                               
allowing individuals to  watch what is going on  while people are                                                               
voting.   The language changes  an "initiative or  referendum" to                                                               
"ballot proposition"  to include both initiative  and referendum.                                                               
This  section also  clarifies in  statute that  the candidate,  a                                                               
group, or an  organization is allowed one or  more poll watchers,                                                               
which is the division's current practice, she advised.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:27:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EASTMAN  asked the definition of  "party" for this                                                               
section  because the  statewide definition  of what  constitute a                                                               
party  is that  it must  have  a certain  number of  voters.   He                                                               
commented that  this discussion  has been  at the  precinct level                                                               
and that a  precinct could have 90 percent to  100 percent of its                                                               
voters  belonging to  a party  that was  not large  enough to  be                                                               
considered a  statewide party.   Under  the current  language, he                                                               
opined that party would not be qualified to have a poll watcher.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER replied that the  bill does not change the definition                                                               
and pointed out that the bill  read "a candidate" and a candidate                                                               
would  be able  to have  a poll  watcher.   In speaking  with the                                                               
division, she  said it had  advised it "doesn't really  turn away                                                               
people that want to come and  poll watch."  She remarked that the                                                               
division  had  not  run  into  any  issues  at  this  point,  and                                                               
clarified  that "anyone  that  is  running and  they  want to  be                                                               
there, whether it  be a ballot proposition or  a candidate that's                                                               
running, no matter what party they  are in, they can have someone                                                               
there."                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:28:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  EASTMAN asked  whether it  was her  understanding                                                               
that a group  not large enough to be a  party could qualify under                                                               
this language.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS.  KLOSTER  answered  that  the  sponsor  envisioned  this  was                                                               
inclusive of everyone of any group.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:29:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX commented that many  years ago she was in a                                                               
situation  where  the   division  would  not  let   her  have  an                                                               
individual  poll  watcher  in the  general  election  because  it                                                               
wanted to  leave that totally to  the party.  She  stated that if                                                               
this is what  the division is doing currently, it  is a good idea                                                               
to clarify the intent.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER said the sponsor wanted  the intent in the statute to                                                               
avoid issues in the future.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:30:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EASTMAN referred to the  bill, page 5, line 7, and                                                               
described the language  as distinguishing candidates representing                                                               
a  political  party  from  candidates  who  do  not  represent  a                                                               
political party.   In the  event the idea  is to be  inclusive to                                                               
all  candidates,   possibly  the  limiting  language   should  be                                                               
removed.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK advised  that  the language  does not  allow                                                               
just any  public member  to be  a poll  watcher, and  referred to                                                               
[Sec. 15.10.170(a)] page 5, lines 1-6], which read as follows:                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     (a)  In a  general  election, special  election, or  special                                                           
runoff  election  under  AS 15.40.141,  a  [THE]  precinct  party                                                           
committee, where  an organized precinct committee  exists, or the                                                               
party district  committee where  no organized  precinct committee                                                               
exists, or  the state party  chair [CHAIRPERSON] where  neither a                                                           
precinct nor a party district committee exists, ...                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK referred  to  page 6,  where,  he said,  the                                                               
language allows  it to be  opened up  for others, and  opined the                                                               
language is  all inclusive.   He  acknowledged that  the language                                                               
does not  include "just  anyone who  wants to  be a  poll watcher                                                               
that's not  sanctioned by a  party, or  a candidate, or  a ballot                                                               
initiative, or one way or the other."                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:32:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD asked  that  staff  provide the  "exact,                                                               
what it  does versus  the comparison" of  what the  bill changes.                                                               
She asked  Representative Tuck whether  he had said  the language                                                               
opens it up to almost anyone that wants to be a poll watcher.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  answered that  the language  opens it  up to                                                               
almost  anyone,   but  there  are  conditions.     Basically,  he                                                               
explained, any  organization or organized group  that sponsors or                                                               
poses a  ballot proposition  or recall, may  appoint one  or more                                                               
watchers  at   each  precinct  or   counting  centers   for  each                                                               
individual candidate rather than solely a party.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN  referred to Representative Reinbold's  request [for                                                               
staff to  prepare a  comparison] of  the previous  process versus                                                               
the  current  process,  and reminded  her  that  the  capitalized                                                               
letters  in  brackets  depict the  language  being  removed  from                                                               
statute, and the bolded underlined  language depicts the language                                                               
being  added.   Therefore, he  remarked, Representative  Reinbold                                                               
already  has the  information as  to how  the language  was being                                                               
changed from existing statute.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD   commented  that  she  must   email  to                                                               
inquiring  constituents,  and  she  was happy  to  do  that,  but                                                               
sometimes constituents  have a difficult  time with  the brackets                                                               
and underlining.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER advised that she  had prepared a document identifying                                                               
what each section  depicted on one line and she  could send it to                                                               
Representative Reinbold.   It was  important to the  sponsor, she                                                               
described, "that  we didn't just let  a whole bunch of  people in                                                               
there into  the poll watching"  in order  to keep the  area clear                                                               
for people voting.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE REINBOLD  said that was  her exact concern  as she                                                               
has several people in her district  "doing this for a long, long,                                                               
long time" who want a  thorough explanation, especially regarding                                                               
Secs. 12 and 13.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:34:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EASTMAN  referred to  the bill,  page 5,  line 16,                                                               
wherein language  was being removed  that dealt  with citizenship                                                               
requirements, and he did not see  that language coming back up in                                                               
other areas  of the  bill.   He asked  whether there  was concern                                                               
that  not  enough  foreign  poll watchers  were  allowed  at  the                                                               
polling places.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  referred to  Sec.  13,  and explained  that                                                               
Title 15 was being reorganized  and cleaned-up to make certain it                                                               
read well,  and page 6, lines  17-18, read, "A watcher  must be a                                                               
United States citizen."                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN  explained to Representative Eastman  that there are                                                               
instances where  a sponsor  starts with a  bill and  people start                                                               
thinking  of amendments  to try  to  make it  bigger and  better,                                                               
thereby  making  a small  bill  into  a big  bill.    This is  an                                                               
instance where the sponsor started  with a small bill long enough                                                               
ago that  someone decided to  make it into  a big bill  before it                                                               
came  to  the  House  Judiciary Standing  Committee,  he  further                                                               
explained.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:36:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER,  in continuing the sectional  analysis, advised that                                                               
in moving  things around, the  language deleted from Sec.  12 was                                                               
placed into Sec.  13.  She said that Sec.  14 added a declaration                                                               
attesting to  the truth and  accuracy of the  information offered                                                               
as to the same day voter registration questioned ballot.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER advised that Secs.  15-17, relates to the declaration                                                               
added to  all questioned ballots  that the Division  of Elections                                                               
had requested.  Sec. 18,  changes the terminology of early voting                                                               
and adds the designation of an early voting station.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS.  KLOSTER advised  that in  approximately 2014,  there was  an                                                               
effort by a number of organizations  such as, "Get Out the Native                                                               
Vote,  AFN" to  have early  voting stations  in a  number of  the                                                               
state's  rural areas  offering everyone  access to  early voting.                                                               
Under  this  section,  the  language  keeps  those  early  voting                                                               
stations consistent  every single year  so every Alaskan  has the                                                               
opportunity to early vote.   Secs. 19-22, relates to early voting                                                               
terminology  updates.   Sec. 23,  allows  for voter  registration                                                               
updates.   Currently,  when  a person  votes  and includes  their                                                               
information,  they update  their  voter registration  on the  day                                                               
they are  voting.   However, she pointed  out, under  the current                                                               
practice, the  voter registration  is not  updated if  the person                                                               
voted by  facsimile or  email, and  this is  one of  the clean-up                                                               
areas the  division requested.   Therefore, if a person  votes by                                                               
facsimile or email, all of their information would be updated.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:38:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD  referred  to  Sec. 21,  and  asked  Ms.                                                               
Kloster to  focus on any  major changes  in the section,  and the                                                               
intent of the sponsor.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS.  KLOSTER reiterated  that AS  15.20.064 is  related to  early                                                               
voting  and  if  a  voter's  eligibility to  vote  could  not  be                                                               
verified  by  the  election  official  during  the  early  voting                                                               
process,  they would  vote an  absentee questioned  ballot.   The                                                               
ballot would then go through  an additional review process by the                                                               
Division of  Elections to ensure  the person was  eligible before                                                               
the vote was counted, she explained.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:40:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD asked  how  that  process was  different                                                               
from the current process.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER  answered that it  is additional language  to clarify                                                               
in statute  that in  the event  a voter  was voting  a questioned                                                               
ballot this  is the review  process to  follow.  She  deferred to                                                               
the Division of Elections.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:41:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE REINBOLD referred to  Sec. 21, and offered concern                                                               
that  the  results of  the  election  may  be delayed  and  asked                                                               
whether that issue had been addressed.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER deferred  to the Division of  Elections, and referred                                                               
to  the PFD  voter initiative,  wherein when  signing up  for the                                                               
permanent fund dividend (PFD), the  person would be registered to                                                               
vote.   She pointed out  that there should  not be a  huge impact                                                               
because more people  will be registered to vote  after signing up                                                               
for the PFD.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:42:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER,  in continuing the sectional  analysis, explained as                                                               
follows: Sec.  22 changes  terminology to  early voting;  Sec. 23                                                               
relates to  updating voter registration via  email and facsimile;                                                               
and  Sec. 24  is  a new  subsection.     Current absentee  ballot                                                               
language read that if a  person preferred an absentee ballot each                                                               
year  they  had  to  fill  out an  application.    This  language                                                               
requests permanent absentee voting such  that a person signing up                                                               
could stipulate they  preferred to receive an  absentee ballot to                                                               
their home every single year without the necessity of applying.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
However, she said, should the  mail be returned, the person would                                                               
fall off the  list of voters automatically  receiving an absentee                                                               
ballot each year.  Also,  she explained, the person receiving the                                                               
absentee ballot must vote every year,  and if they have not voted                                                               
within four  years the absentee  ballot would not continue  to be                                                               
sent to  the person  and they  would be  required to  re-apply in                                                               
order  to participate,  and they  do not,  at all,  fall off  the                                                               
voter rolls.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:43:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER  advised that  Sec. 25 relates  to [a  voter changing                                                               
party  affiliation within  30 days  before the  primary election]                                                               
wherein they  vote an absentee in-person,  special, or questioned                                                               
ballot  [with  the  voter's  new  affiliation  indicated  on  the                                                               
voter's certificate  attesting that  the information is  true and                                                               
correct],  which appears  on the  envelope.   Sec. 26,  she said,                                                               
offers  that  "electronic signature"  has  the  meaning given  in                                                               
existing AS 09.80.190.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:44:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EASTMAN referred to Sec.  25 of the bill, page 11,                                                               
lines  11-12,  and  the  "30th  day"  references  designating  an                                                               
individual's party affiliation.  Although,  he said, the next few                                                               
lines read  that if a person  changed their party, the  new party                                                               
kicks  in.   He  asked why  it was  necessary  to designate  both                                                               
because  it's whatever  party they  are a  member of  on election                                                               
day, and  also it's  whatever party  at the 30th  day.   He asked                                                               
whether  that  language was  required  to  tell the  Division  of                                                               
Elections  what   absentee  ballots   to  mail,  and   asked  the                                                               
significance  of  keeping  those   two  contradictory  pieces  of                                                               
language.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  answered that currently, the  language is 30                                                               
days  before  the  primary  election,  and  "then  we  have  this                                                               
condition,"  and  paraphrased as  follows:  "If  a voter  changes                                                               
party affiliation  within 30  days then the  voter shall  vote an                                                               
absentee, in-person,  special needs, or questioned  ballot at the                                                               
primary election  with the voter's  new party ..."   He explained                                                               
that within  10 days of  the election  a person can  change their                                                               
party  affiliation "as  you early  vote," and  this was  added to                                                               
keep  everything  consistent up  to  the  same  day voting.    He                                                               
reiterated that a  person can use that ballot  envelope to update                                                               
any  information they  would like  to update,  including changing                                                               
party  affiliation.   Although, he  said, he  was unsure  why the                                                               
language was  drafted in this  manner and that  Legislative Legal                                                               
and Research Services may discuss this issue at a later time.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   REINBOLD  commented   that   she  has   concerns                                                               
regarding  Sec.  25,  and  she would  speak  with  the  sponsor's                                                               
office.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:46:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. KLOSTER  referred to  Sec. 27  and advised  it refers  to the                                                               
early  voting  change  in  terminology;  Sec.  28  is  conforming                                                               
language  for  same  day  voter  registration;  Sec.  29  repeals                                                               
information dealing with the same  day voter registration of a 30                                                               
day  requirement; Sec.  30  relates  to Transitional  Provisions:                                                               
Regulations; and Sec. 31 is the effective date.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN opened public testimony on HB 1.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:48:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EUGENE  HABERMAN, Unincorporated  Area  of the  Matanuska-Susitna                                                               
Borough, said he  represents himself and added  that the comments                                                               
he made  earlier today  on HB  200 reflect  his comments  on this                                                               
bill.   He referred  to the  phrase "poll watcher"  in HB  1, and                                                               
asked  what happens  after  the election  when  dealing with  the                                                               
ballots.  He said he is  denied his right to observe counting the                                                               
ballots  and verifying  they are  legitimate  before opening  the                                                               
envelopes, and  so forth.  In  the past, he said,  Anchorage sent                                                               
out letters advising it had  rejected the ballot envelope and the                                                               
person had  an opportunity  to appeal, but  last night  there was                                                               
the situation in  which it did not provide that  opportunity.  He                                                               
referred  to the  lower  voter  turnout in  the  local and  state                                                               
elections  and  noted  there  were  occasions  where  there  were                                                               
differences of a few votes as to  who won the election.  He said,                                                               
"when  you do  not have  an opportunity  for a  party to  be told                                                               
beforehand  that their  ballot is  not  going to  be counted  and                                                               
their right  to appeal" creates  a situation where  someone would                                                               
say the elections weren't legitimate,  and that's what's going on                                                               
at the state level.  He  reminded the committee of the last state                                                               
primary election  where there  was a  court proceeding,  and what                                                               
stood  out  was that  the  "head  of  elections" went  on  record                                                               
advising  "that she's  going  to do  on the  job  training."   He                                                               
expressed that  the person  in charge of  election should  not be                                                               
learning  on the  job, and  the lack  of education  of the  party                                                               
responsible  for state  elections  leads the  situation to  where                                                               
legitimacy cannot be shown to be valid.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:51:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  REINBOLD  asked  that  Mr.  Haberman  e-mail  his                                                               
testimony to Chair Claman's office or her office.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  CLAMAN, in  response to  Representative Reinbold,  advised                                                               
that Eugene Carl Haberman was testifying.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:52:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   EASTMAN  commented   that  he   appreciated  Mr.                                                               
Haberman's  concern  with  regard  to someone's  vote  not  being                                                               
counted with no opportunity to appeal,  and noted that if that is                                                               
the case in current state law  it should be reviewed.  He related                                                               
that he knows  of an individual who received that  letter in mail                                                               
advising  that their  vote did  not  count, and  when the  person                                                               
tried to figure  out why, the division could not  find any reason                                                               
why it would have not let the person vote.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:53:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL HAWFIELD said  he represents himself, he  agrees with Mr.                                                               
Haberman's  concerns,  and  he looks  forward  to  Representative                                                               
Chris Tuck  pursuing some of  those issues.  He  expressed strong                                                               
support for HB  1, and noted that during the  last election while                                                               
assisting  new  voters  regarding  how  the  process  worked,  he                                                               
particularly  noted that  voters  who wanted  to  vote early  but                                                               
didn't  know much  about  registration.   He  remarked that  this                                                               
effort   to  clarify   and  streamline   the  whole   process  of                                                               
registration, and especially early voting  is very important.  He                                                               
stressed that there are so many  younger people turned off to the                                                               
whole  process of  voting, which  is  a significant  part of  the                                                               
depression  of  voter  response   in  Alaska's  elections.    The                                                               
sanctity  of  elections  is  paramount and  he  related  that  he                                                               
applauds the work by Representative  Tuck in creating a bill that                                                               
will help immensely.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:55:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN  listed the people  available for questions.   After                                                               
ascertaining  that  no  one  wished  to  testify,  closed  public                                                               
testimony on HB 1.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:55:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAROL  THOMPSON,   Absentee  &  Petition  Manager,   Division  of                                                               
Elections,  Office of  the Lieutenant  Governor,  in response  to                                                               
Chair Claman, said she was  unsure she should address whether the                                                               
administration supported HB  1 because it was a  question for the                                                               
director of the division, and she  was not prepared to answer the                                                               
question.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:56:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EASTMAN referred to  a previous question regarding                                                               
page 2,  lines 1-2 of  the bill, and  asked why the  bill retains                                                               
lines 1-2 as  is, and paraphrased: "(4) ... as  required under AS                                                               
15.07 and  is not  registered to  vote in  another jurisdiction."                                                               
He   asked  whether   this  bill   provides  for   automatic  un-                                                               
registration in  another jurisdiction  when the  person registers                                                               
to vote,  whether that process was  relatively instantaneous, and                                                               
if that  was the case, why  does the stipulation remain  that the                                                               
person cannot be registered in another jurisdiction.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:57:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. THOMPSON explained that within  current voter registration, a                                                               
person must  be registered 30  days prior  to an election.   This                                                               
particular language  speaks to the  fact that a person  cannot be                                                               
registered to vote in another  jurisdiction or another state, and                                                               
people  would  have been  able  to  notify  those states  of  the                                                               
person's   cancellation  through   Alaska's  voter   registration                                                               
application, or they  could contact the state  itself and request                                                               
cancellation.   As  far as  the intention  of the  bill, at  this                                                               
point, how that  would be addressed at the  same day registration                                                               
level would  have to be  determined.   She remarked that  at this                                                               
point, with  regard to a  person not  on a precinct  register, if                                                               
they go to a polling place  on election day and vote a questioned                                                               
ballot,  the question  of whether  the person  was registered  in                                                               
another state is  not on that particular envelope  and would have                                                               
to be addressed in some manner through the sponsor's bill.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:58:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  EASTMAN  noted this  is  not  new language  being                                                               
added, and asked whether there was a discrepancy.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS. THOMPSON  reiterated that,  at this  point, the  question was                                                               
not on  the envelope, although, it  is part of the  voter oath in                                                               
the  declaration at  the  bottom  of the  ballot,  which read  as                                                               
follows:                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     ... I am not registered to vote in another state, or I                                                                     
         have taken the necessary steps to cancel that                                                                          
     registration. ...                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:59:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  pointed  out  that currently  it  is  not                                                               
necessary  for a  voter to  be registered  within 30  days of  an                                                               
election when  voting for a  presidential candidate.   Therefore,                                                               
she said, if  there is any language or anything  that needs to be                                                               
done  to   un-register  oneself  from  another   jurisdiction  it                                                               
presumably should be  performed by the Division  of Elections, or                                                               
this bill can take care of it, hopefully.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:00:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP referred  to  Secs.  1 and  8  of the  bill,                                                               
noting  that  Sec.  1  addressed   voting  in  a  house  district                                                               
indirectly, and Sec.  8 addressed that issue directly.   He asked                                                               
whether a person could vote the  down ballot for a house district                                                               
representative if  they moved into  the house district  that same                                                               
day.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS.  THOMPSON responded  that  currently, a  person  would go  to                                                               
their polling  place on election day  and if their name  does not                                                               
appear  on   the  precinct  register,   they  are   afforded  the                                                               
opportunity  to vote  the questioned  ballot.   Or, in  the event                                                               
they indicated they  no longer live in  that particular district,                                                               
they are  afforded the opportunity  to vote a  questioned ballot.                                                               
The questioned  ballot envelope, she explained,  allows the voter                                                               
to list their  current address and when  those questioned ballots                                                               
come back from the polling place  to the Division of Elections it                                                               
performs a  review of their  information on the  database system.                                                               
In the event there is a  conflict of districts, the division does                                                               
not count the house district portion  and it works its way up the                                                               
ballot.  The  process, she explained, is that  the division would                                                               
start  with  the  house  district  and  whether  the  person  was                                                               
registered at  the same  senate district, and  in the  event they                                                               
are registered  in the  same senate  district the  division would                                                               
count  that race.    She related  that should  the  voter not  be                                                               
registered in the  house or senate districts;  the division would                                                               
count all of the statewide races.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:01:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP questioned whether it  was current law that a                                                               
person must  be registered  in a  house district  for 30  days to                                                               
vote that particular seat on the ballot.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. THOMPSON answered in the affirmative.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:02:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP referred  to Senate  Bill 9  [passed in  the                                                               
Twenty-Ninth  Alaska State  Legislature]  and described  it as  a                                                               
significant elections  reform bill.   He noted  that part  of the                                                               
bill  was  to encourage  voter  notification  and updating  state                                                               
voter  registration  rolls through  an  ability  to partner  with                                                               
nonprofit  cooperative efforts  lead  by states  rather than  the                                                               
federal  government.   He  asked  whether  the program  had  been                                                               
implemented.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  THOMPSON  responded that  in  2016,  the division  performed                                                               
outreach  using the  Electronic  Registration Information  Center                                                               
(ERIC) program.  The division  performed outreach to all 2016 un-                                                               
registered voters  advising they  could register  to vote.   This                                                               
year, she offered, the division  will work to match Alaska's list                                                               
against  other state  lists to  determine whether  voters may  be                                                               
registered  in  more  than  one  state,  and  the  division  will                                                               
continue to work that process.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:03:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LEDOUX offered a  scenario that someone moved into                                                               
House  District A  from House  District  B, and  had not  changed                                                               
their registration  until they arrived  at the polling  place, or                                                               
they changed  their registration through an  absentee ballot they                                                               
received while  living in  House District B.   Except,  she said,                                                               
they  voted when  they were  in  House District  A, indicating  a                                                               
different  address.   She  asked whether  their  vote for  either                                                               
House District A or B counted.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS.  THOMPSON answered  that  voters have  only  one ballot,  the                                                               
division  would determine  which house  district they  resided in                                                               
and compare  it with the  house district  they voted and  if they                                                               
were not  registered in  the same house  district as  the ballot,                                                               
that portion of  the ballot would not count and  it is considered                                                               
a partially counted ballot.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:04:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX explained  that  she was  talking about  a                                                               
voter receiving  their [absentee]  ballot before they  moved, but                                                               
hadn't yet voted  their ballot.  Then, on election  day the voter                                                               
decides they don't  want to go to the polls  and votes the ballot                                                               
they lugged from  their prior address.  The voter  then fills out                                                               
the [absentee ballot]  with all of the  statewide candidates, the                                                               
senate, and House  District B, and the voter also  lists on their                                                               
absentee  ballot  an affirmation  of  their  address.   When  the                                                               
division  looks at  the address  it  realizes the  person was  no                                                               
longer living  in House  District B, and  was actually  living in                                                               
House District  A.  She  said she  assumed the ballot  where they                                                               
voted for the candidate running  in House District B, yet showing                                                               
an  address  in House  District  A,  doesn't  count.   She  asked                                                               
whether she was correct.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS.  THOMPSON explained  that the  person requesting  an absentee                                                               
ballot  by mail  must  submit their  absentee ballot  application                                                               
first.  The division receives  the voter's application, processes                                                               
the  application with  their residence  address,  and the  ballot                                                               
sent to  the person is based  upon their residence address.   The                                                               
voter  then  receives  the  absentee  ballot  envelope  with  the                                                               
signature,  witnessing, and  identifier  requirements.   In  that                                                               
situation, she  explained, if  the person  was registered  in the                                                               
district 30  days before the  election and that is  the residence                                                               
address  the  division  has  on  file, that  is  the  ballot  the                                                               
division sends to them and that  ballot would be counted in full.                                                               
Although,  she said,  if the  person provided  the division  with                                                               
their  application after  the 30  day registration  deadline with                                                               
the  new residence  address,  the division  would  send them  the                                                               
ballot for  that district;  however, it  would not  count because                                                               
they did not register in the district timely.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:07:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  CLAMAN   offered  a  scenario   of  a  person   living  in                                                               
Representative  LeDoux's district  30 days  before the  election,                                                               
but  they move  to Chair  Claman's  district 15  days before  the                                                               
election, and  the person  receives an early  ballot in  the mail                                                               
listing Chair Claman's district.   Under HB 1, the division would                                                               
send  the person  the ballot  for the  new district  because they                                                               
would  be re-registered  in Chair  Claman's district  and receive                                                               
that ballot, he asked.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. THOMPSON answered that the intention  of the bill is to allow                                                               
for  same day  registration  so long  as the  person  had been  a                                                               
resident of  the district for  30 days.   She related  that there                                                               
would  have  to  be  some  type  of  process,  or  some  sort  of                                                               
notification  on  the envelope  itself  that  read "I've  been  a                                                               
resident  of  a district  for  30  days,"  that the  sponsor  may                                                               
consider.   It would still come  back to that 30  day requirement                                                               
of being  a resident  in that district,  to determine  whether or                                                               
not the  person would be  eligible to  vote that house  or senate                                                               
district ballot, she explained.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:08:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX opined  that  when she  voted an  absentee                                                               
ballot it asked for her address.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. THOMPSON interjected that in  the event Representative LeDoux                                                               
was discussing absentee  ballot by mail, there is  not a question                                                               
on the ballot  as to the person's residence address.   The person                                                               
simply  signs  the ballot,  has  it  witnessed, and  provides  an                                                               
identifier  because  under  state   law  those  three  items  are                                                               
required.   The person must first  apply in order to  receive the                                                               
ballot, which  is where  the application  states that  the person                                                               
must provide a residence address.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:09:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   TUCK  referred   to   Chair  Claman's   scenario                                                               
regarding someone  moving into his  district and voting  by mail,                                                               
and said that  it would be an absentee  ballot for Representative                                                               
LeDoux's district because the requirement  is that they must live                                                               
in Chair  Claman's district within  the 30 day  time requirement.                                                               
In  that situation,  he explained,  the division  would not  even                                                               
have known to change the  ballot to Chair Claman's district until                                                               
the  person changed  their voter  registration to  Chair Claman's                                                               
district.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:10:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR CLAMAN, in response to  Representative Reinbold, advised he                                                               
did  not plan  to  put HB  1  on the  calendar  tomorrow and  the                                                               
Division of Elections  would be available when the  bill was next                                                               
heard.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:11:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EASTMAN referred to Sec.  15.10.170, page 5 of the                                                               
bill, and opined that a person, as  a member of a ballot group or                                                               
party, or a  candidate, is allowed a poll watcher.   Although, he                                                               
noted, if they are  a member of a group trying  to become a party                                                               
they do not receive a poll watcher.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS.  THOMPSON responded  that  it is  the  interpretation of  the                                                               
Division of Elections that it  does allow for a person affiliated                                                               
with  a small  minor  party,  or a  political  group.   She  then                                                               
referred to [Sec.  15.10.170, page 5, lines  2-6] and paraphrased                                                               
as follows:                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     (a)  In  a  general   election,  special  election,  or                                                                
     special  runoff election  under AS  15.40.141, a  [THE]                                                                
     precinct party  committee, where an  organized precinct                                                                    
     committee  exists,  or  the  party  district  committee                                                                    
     where no  organized precinct  committee exists,  or the                                                                    
     state party chair [CHAIRPERSON] ...                                                                                    
                                                                                                                              
MS.  THOMPSON  explained  those  would  be  the  four  recognized                                                               
political parties of the State  of Alaska at this time, Democrat,                                                               
Republican,  Alaska Independent,  and Libertarian  Parties.   She                                                               
continued paraphrasing the section as follows:                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     (a)... where  neither a precinct  nor a  party district                                                                    
     committee exists, may appoint  one or more [PERSONS AS]                                                                    
     watchers in each precinct and counting center.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS.  THOMPSON further  explained that  that allows  for watchers.                                                               
She continued paraphrasing the section as follows:                                                                              
                                                                                                                              
     (a)...  A  [FOR  ANY   ELECTION.  EACH]  candidate  not                                                                
     representing a political party may  appoint one or more                                                                    
     watcher  for each  precinct or  counting center  in the                                                                    
     candidate's respective  district of the state  [FOR ANY                                                                    
     ELECTION].                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS. THOMPSON explained that any  other candidate appearing on the                                                               
ballot is allowed to have [one or more] watcher.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:13:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EASTMAN restated his  question and referred to the                                                               
un-recognized Veterans'  Party that  does not have  candidates in                                                               
all of the  different precincts and districts.   In the districts                                                               
where the  Veterans' Party does  not have  a candidate to  grab a                                                               
poll  watcher, and  the candidate  was not  a member  of a  state                                                               
recognized party  to receive  a poll watcher,  he asked  how they                                                               
would receive a poll watcher.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.  THOMPSON   paraphrased  that  it  read:   "a  candidate  not                                                               
representing  a political  party."     The  Veterans' Group,  she                                                               
explained, would be a political  group that had not met political                                                               
party  status, and  opined that  the Veterans'  Group would  fall                                                               
under that definition.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:14:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EASTMAN commented that he  would have had the same                                                               
thoughts,  except  in  a  couple   places  in  the  statute  when                                                               
discussing groups, "we specifically  limit the group" receiving a                                                               
poll  watcher to  a  group  dealing with  a  ballot measure,  for                                                               
example.   In the event the  group does not have  that caveat, he                                                               
offered his belief that they did not qualify.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. THOMPSON commented  that this may be an area  for the sponsor                                                               
to specifically add "political groups."                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  responded that  the  only  way a  political                                                               
group  would have  a  poll watcher,  for  example the  "Veterans'                                                               
Group" is if  it had a candidate  in that district.   In order to                                                               
have poll watchers  outside of that district,  he explained, they                                                               
would have to have someone  at a higher level statewide candidate                                                               
or  a senate  candidate  if  they just  wanted  to  look at  poll                                                               
watchers.  He said he agrees there  is a limit in the language to                                                               
prevent poll  watchers that do  not necessarily have  a candidate                                                               
in  that election.   However,  in describing  limitations put  on                                                               
poll watchers,  he offered the  example that the  Veterans' Group                                                               
having a  candidate, referendum, proposition, initiative,  or was                                                               
weighing  in on  an issue  as a  group, would  be allowed  a poll                                                               
watcher.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:16:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  EASTMAN  asked  whether, currently,  there  is  a                                                               
manner  in which  a  person  could appeal  their  vote not  being                                                               
counted.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS.  THOMPSON   answered  there  are  specific   Alaska  statutes                                                               
advising the Division of Elections  how to handle ballots missing                                                               
information, and the division is  to reject those ballots under a                                                               
particular statute at this time.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:17:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS.  THOMPSON,  in  response to  Representative  Eastman,  agreed                                                               
there is no appeal process.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK opined  that "when  it does  not affect  the                                                               
outcome then it doesn't go to a  higher level," but it does go to                                                               
a higher level if it can  affect the outcome, and the Division of                                                               
Elections would contact those people  individually.  In the cases                                                               
where someone  may have received  a letter advising  their ballot                                                               
didn't count, the person's ballot may  not have had any effect on                                                               
the outcome of  the election.  For example, he  offered, if there                                                               
were 50  of those uncounted votes  with a 100 vote  spread, those                                                               
ballots would  not have an  effect on  the outcome.   However, if                                                               
the vote  spread was  25 votes, the  Division of  Elections would                                                               
contact  people  as there  would  be  that additional  layer,  he                                                               
explained.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. THOMPSON explained  that ballots are looked  at again through                                                               
the recount  process, but  the division still  has to  follow the                                                               
guidelines  of statute  advising  how  to count  or  not count  a                                                               
ballot.   She  further explained  that a  vote can  be challenged                                                               
through  the recount  process, or  even the  observation process,                                                               
because  during  the  division's  process  of  reviewing  ballots                                                               
candidates can have a person there  to observe.  In the event the                                                               
validity of  the count of  a ballot, or  even the rejection  of a                                                               
ballot,  was   challenged,  the  division  would   look  at  that                                                               
challenge and go back to the law, she said.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:19:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EASTMAN  commented that  during the  last election                                                               
he personally went to his  local Division of Elections to observe                                                               
the count in his  own race, and he was told  he could not observe                                                               
because  the  local  office needed  permission  from  the  higher                                                               
office, and the higher office  hadn't provided that permission so                                                               
he  did  not have  that  opportunity.    He asked  whether  those                                                               
policies had changed since the last election.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS.  THOMPSON  related   that  she  was  unaware   of  the  exact                                                               
circumstances and was unable to address his question.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:20:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR   CLAMAN  described   the  idea   of  cancelling   a  voter                                                               
registration in  another state as  akin to cancelling  a driver's                                                               
license from another  state.  He related that a  good part of the                                                               
bill is that when registering  in Alaska, the person un-registers                                                               
in  another  state because  the  average  public person  probably                                                               
doesn't even know where to write  to un-register.  The states are                                                               
communicating with each  other and it makes sense to  check a box                                                               
and unregister  in another jurisdiction.   To the extent  that is                                                               
lacking in the bill he encouraged a provision in that regard.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  CLAMAN referred  to the  effort to  call all  early voting                                                               
ballots  "early voting"  ballots,  and that  a questioned  ballot                                                               
puts the ballot  on hold in order to verify  the information.  He                                                               
opined  that trying  to define  all  the early  and absentee  and                                                               
other ballots as  just early ballot is good.   Although, he said,                                                               
in  looking through  the bill  "you didn't  do it  very well"  as                                                               
there  should  be  a definition  explaining  that  "early  ballot                                                               
includes absentee  and all the  others, and then call  them early                                                               
ballots  throughout"  because even  though  the  goal is  to  say                                                               
"early and absentee," the bill  has people showing up on election                                                               
day  and receiving  an absentee  ballot.   He  surmised that  the                                                               
people  should either  receive the  actual ballot  because it  is                                                               
election  day,  or receive  a  questioned  ballot, and  then  any                                                               
ballot  prior to  election day  is called  an early  ballot.   He                                                               
commented that  he applauds the  idea of simplifying the  name so                                                               
people are not so confused,  but it appears many absentee ballots                                                               
are  still referenced  in  the bill  and it  would  be useful  to                                                               
clean-up that language.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
[HB 1 was held over.]                                                                                                           

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB200 Draft Proposed ver U 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 200
HB200 Sponsor Statement 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 200
HB200 Explanation of Changes ver U 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 200
HB200 Sectional Analysis ver U 4.14.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 200
HB200 Bill Highlights 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 200
HB200 ver O 4.10.17.PDF HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 200
HB200 Supporting Document-Washington Supreme Court Ruling 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 200
HB200 Supporting Documents-Top 2 Primary FAQs for Candidates - Elections & Voting - WA Secretary of State 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 200
HB200 Additional Document-Top Two Primaries Nationally 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 200
HB200 Supporting Document-Letters 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 200
HB200 Additional Document-Legal Opinion 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 200
HB200 Additional Document-Leg Research Report Voter Turnout 4.14.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 200
HB200 Supporting Document-Additional Letters of Support 4.14.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 200
HB200 Opposing Document-Letters of Opposition 4.14.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 200
HB200 Fiscal Note OOG-DOE 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 200
HB208 ver A 4.10.17.PDF HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/12/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 208
HB208 Sponsor Statement 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/12/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 208
HB208 Sectional Analysis ver A 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/12/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 208
HB208 PowerPoint Sectional 4.10.17.pptx HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/12/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 208
HB208 Supporting Document-Decanting Matrix 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/12/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 208
HB208 Supporting Document-Decanting Rankings 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/12/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 208
HB208 Supporting Document-Trust Estate Glossary 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/12/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 208
HB208 Supporting Document-Letter Peak Trust Company 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/12/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 208
HB208 Supporting Document-Letter Manley & Brautigam 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/12/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 208
HB208 Supporting Document-Letter ABA 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/12/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 208
HB208 Supporting Document-Letter Northern Law Group 4.10.17.pdf HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/12/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 208
HB208 Fiscal Note LAW-CIV 4.7.17.pdf HJUD 4/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/12/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 208
HB001 ver U 4.14.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 1
HB001 Sponsor Statement 4.14.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 1
HB001 Memo of Changes 4.14.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 1
HB001 Supporting Document-PEW Report 4.14.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 1
HB001 Supporting Document-Voting Information and Statistics 4.14.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 1
HB001 Supporting Document-Letters of Support 4.14.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 1
HB001 Supporting Document-Letter Alaska Community Action on Toxics 4.14.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 1
HB001 Fiscal Note OOG-DOE 4.14.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 1
HB013 ver O 4.14.17.PDF HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 13
HB013 Sponsor Statement 4.14.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 13
HB013 Explanation of Changes 4.14.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 13
HB013 Supporting Document-Timeline for Korematsu's Resolution 4.14.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HB 13
HB013 Supporting Document-Korematsu v US 4.14.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 13
HB013 Supporting Document-Research Document 4.14.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 13
HB013 HJUD PowerPoint Presentation 4.14.17.pdf HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 13
HB013 HJUD PowerPoint Presentation 4.14.17.pptx HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 13
HB013 Fiscal Note OOG-OMB 4.14.17.PDF HJUD 4/14/2017 1:00:00 PM
HJUD 4/15/2017 10:00:00 AM
HB 13