HB 257: "An Act relating to voter qualification, disqualification, and registration; to voter registration officials; to election notices; to mail elections; to certain voting procedures; to the transportation of ballots; and to the official election pamphlet and certain immunity from liability regarding claims arising from publication of the official election pamphlet."
00HOUSE BILL NO. 257 01 "An Act relating to voter qualification, disqualification, and registration; to voter 02 registration officials; to election notices; to mail elections; to certain voting 03 procedures; to the transportation of ballots; and to the official election pamphlet 04 and certain immunity from liability regarding claims arising from publication of 05 the official election pamphlet." 06 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 07 * Section 1. AS 14.08 is amended by adding a new section to read: 08 Sec. 14.08.082. Elections by mail. Elections supervised by the lieutenant 09 governor under AS 14.08.071 and 14.08.081 may be conducted by mail as permitted 10 by AS 15.20.800. 11 * Sec. 2. AS 15.07.010 is amended to read: 12 Sec. 15.07.010. Registration of voters. The precinct election judges at any 13 election shall allow a person to vote whose name is on the official registration list for 14 that precinct and who is qualified under AS 15.05. A person whose name is not on
01 the official registration list shall be allowed to vote a special review [QUESTIONED] 02 ballot. 03 * Sec. 3. AS 15.07.070(h) is amended to read: 04 (h) The director shall design the form of the voter's certificate appearing on 05 the envelope that is used for voting a special review [QUESTIONED] ballot so that 06 all information required for registration by AS 15.07.060(a) may be obtained from a 07 voter who votes a special review [QUESTIONED] ballot. If the voter voting a special 08 review [QUESTIONED] ballot has completed all information on the voter registration 09 portion of the special review [QUESTIONED] ballot voter's certificate, the director 10 shall place the name of the voter on the official registration list. 11 * Sec. 4. AS 15.07.090(a) is amended to read: 12 (a) A voter whose name is changed by marriage or court order may vote under 13 the previous name, but a voter who desires to use a new name shall vote a special 14 review [QUESTIONED] ballot. 15 * Sec. 5. AS 15.07.090(c) is amended to read: 16 (c) The director shall transfer the registration of a voter from one precinct to 17 another within an election district when requested by the voter. The request shall be 18 made 30 or more days before the election day. The director shall transfer the 19 registration of a voter from one election district to another when requested by the 20 voter. The voter must reside in the new election district for at least 30 days in order 21 to vote for that district's candidates. 22 * Sec. 6. AS 15.07.090(d) is amended to read: 23 (d) A person who claims to be a registered voter, but for whom no evidence 24 of registration in the precinct can be found, shall be granted the right to vote in the 25 same manner as that of a [QUESTIONED] voter whose ballot is subject to special 26 review and the ballot shall be treated in the same manner. The ballot shall be 27 considered to be a "special review [QUESTIONED] ballot" and shall be so designated. 28 The director or the director's representative shall determine whether the voter is 29 registered in the election district before counting the ballot. A voter who has failed 30 to obtain a transfer as provided in (c) of this section shall vote a "special review 31 [QUESTIONED] ballot" in the precinct in which the voter resides.
01 * Sec. 7. AS 15.07.100 is amended to read: 02 Sec. 15.07.100. Registration officials. (a) The director shall appoint one or 03 more persons to serve as registration officials in each precinct. When more than one 04 registration official is appointed to serve in a precinct, each political party shall be 05 represented. However, any precinct containing more than 250 voters must have at 06 least two registration officials, one from each political party. The registration official 07 shall be a qualified state voter and shall take an oath to honestly, faithfully and 08 promptly perform the duties of the office. 09 (b) Training for registration officials appointed under (a) of this section shall 10 be provided by the director. On the completion of training, the director may require 11 that officials demonstrate their competence by a test or other method. 12 (c) A registration official appointed under (a) of this section serves at the 13 pleasure of the director. Each such registration official shall be periodically evaluated 14 by the director based on the completeness of the registration forms, timely filing of 15 registration forms, and the voter registration activity attributed to the registration 16 official. 17 (d) A registration official appointed under (a) of this section shall transmit 18 completed voter registration forms to the election supervisor within five days following 19 completion by the voter. 20 * Sec. 8. AS 15.07.100 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 21 (e) In addition to registration officials appointed under (a) of this section, 22 election board judges and clerks appointed under AS 15.10.120 - 15.10.150 serve as 23 registration officials at the polls on election day. 24 * Sec. 9. AS 15.07.130(d) is amended to read: 25 (d) The notice described in (b) of this section must include a postage prepaid 26 and pre-addressed return card on which the voter may state the voter's current address. 27 The notice must indicate 28 (1) that the voter should return the card not later than 30 days before 29 the next primary election if the voter did not change residence; 30 (2) that the voter may vote only a special review [QUESTIONED] or 31 absentee ballot if the voter does not return the card at least 30 days before the next
01 primary election; 02 (3) that the voter's registration will be canceled if the voter does not 03 vote or appear to vote in an election held during the period beginning on the date of 04 the notice and ending on the day after the last day of the fourth calendar year that 05 occurs after the date of notice; and 06 (4) how the voter can continue to be eligible to vote if the voter has 07 changed residence. 08 * Sec. 10. AS 15.15.070(b) is amended to read 09 (b) The notice shall be given by publication at least twice in one or more 10 newspapers of general circulation in each of the four judicial [MAJOR ELECTION] 11 districts. The printed notice shall specifically include [BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO] 12 the date of election, the hours between which the polling places will be open, the 13 offices to which candidates are to be nominated or elected, and the subject of the 14 propositions and questions that [WHICH] are to be voted on. 15 * Sec. 11. AS 15.15.070(h) is amended to read: 16 (h) An abbreviated form of the notice published under (b) of this section shall 17 be broadcast on one or more radio or television stations in each of the four judicial 18 districts. The broadcast notice must include at a minimum the date of the election, the 19 hours between which the polling places will be open, and the address and phone 20 number of the election supervisor or supervisors for the judicial district in which 21 the notice is broadcast [THE NAMES OF THE NEWSPAPERS IN WHICH THE 22 NOTICE IS PUBLISHED, AND THE DATES OF PUBLICATION IN THE 23 NEWSPAPERS]. 24 * Sec. 12. AS 15.15.198(a) is amended to read: 25 (a) If a voter's name does not appear on the official registration list in the 26 precinct in which the voter seeks to vote, the election judge shall affirmatively advise 27 the voter that the voter may cast a special review [QUESTIONED] ballot, and the 28 voter shall be allowed to vote a special review [QUESTIONED] ballot. 29 * Sec. 13. AS 15.15.215(a) is amended to read: 30 (a) A voter who casts a special review [QUESTIONED] ballot shall vote the 31 ballot in the same manner as prescribed for other voters. The voter shall insert the
01 ballot into a secrecy sleeve, the election judge shall remove the numbered stub from 02 the ballot, and the voter shall put the secrecy sleeve into an envelope on which the 03 statement the voter previously signed is located. The envelope shall be sealed and 04 deposited in the ballot box. When the ballot box is opened, the envelopes shall be 05 segregated, counted, compared to the voting list, and delivered to the official or body 06 supervising the election. The merits of the question shall be determined by this 07 official or body in accordance with the procedure prescribed for special review 08 [QUESTIONED] votes in AS 15.20.207. 09 * Sec. 14. AS 15.15.225(c) is amended to read: 10 (c) A voter who cannot exhibit a required form of identification shall be 11 allowed to vote a special review [QUESTIONED] ballot. 12 * Sec. 15. AS 15.15.350(a) is amended to read: 13 (a) The director may adopt regulations prescribing the manner in which the 14 precinct ballot count is accomplished so as to assure accuracy in the count and to 15 expedite the process. The election board shall account for all ballots by completing 16 a ballot statement containing (1) the number of official ballots received; (2) the number 17 of official ballots voted; (3) the number of official ballots spoiled; (4) the number of 18 official ballots unused and destroyed. The board shall count the number of special 19 review [QUESTIONED] ballots and shall compare that number to the number of 20 [QUESTIONED] voters whose ballots are subject to special review in the register. 21 Discrepancies shall be noted and the numbers included in the certificate prescribed by 22 AS 15.15.370. The election board shall count the ballots in a manner that allows 23 watchers to see the ballots when opened and read. A [NO] person handling the ballot 24 after it has been taken from the ballot box and before it is placed in the envelope for 25 mailing may not have a marking device in hand or remove a ballot from the 26 immediate vicinity of the polls. 27 * Sec. 16. AS 15.15.380 is amended to read: 28 Sec. 15.15.380. Payment of election board members. The director shall pay 29 each election board member for time spent at election duties, including the receiving 30 of instructions. Election board chairmen and the chairman and members of the 31 absentee ballot, special review [QUESTIONED] ballot and state ballot counting review
01 boards shall be paid for time spent at their election duties. The director shall set the 02 compensation to be paid under this section by regulation. 03 * Sec. 17. AS 15.15.430(a) is amended to read: 04 (a) The review of ballot counting by the director shall include only 05 (1) a review and comparison of the tallies of hand-marked ballots in 06 the election poll books with the precinct election certificates to correct any 07 mathematical error in the count of hand-marked ballots; 08 (2) a review of the tallies of write-in votes and a review of election 09 certificates as provided by law from precincts using punch-card ballots; 10 (3) a review of absentee and special review [QUESTIONED] ballots 11 as prescribed by law. 12 * Sec. 18. AS 15.20.015 is amended to read: 13 Sec. 15.20.015. Moving from election district just before election. A person 14 who meets all voter qualifications except that listed in AS 15.05.010(4) is qualified to 15 vote by absentee ballot in the election district in which the person formerly resided if 16 the person lived in that election district for at least 30 days immediately before 17 changing residence, except that the person may vote only for 18 (1) statewide ballot measures and questions; 19 (2) candidates for federal or statewide office; 20 (3) candidates for state senate if the voter's former residence and 21 present residence are in the same senate district; and 22 (4) candidates for judicial retention if the voter's former residence 23 and present residence are in the same judicial district. 24 * Sec. 19. AS 15.20.071 is repealed and reenacted to read: 25 Sec. 15.20.071. Absentee voting by personal representative. (a) A qualified 26 voter with a disability who, because of that disability, is unable to go to a polling place 27 to vote, may vote an absentee ballot through a personal representative. 28 (b) The voter must apply in writing to the following election officials, at the 29 times specified, for an absentee ballot: 30 (1) to an absentee voting official on or after the 15th day before an 31 election up to and including the day of the election;
01 (2) to an election supervisor 02 (A) after a date announced by the director under 03 AS 15.20.048(b); and 04 (B) on or after the 15th day before an election up to and 05 including the day of the election; 06 (3) to an absentee voting official at an absentee voting station 07 designated under AS 15.20.045(b) at a time when the absentee voting station is in 08 operation; or 09 (4) to a member of the precinct election board on election day. 10 (c) The voter's application must include the following: 11 (1) the name and full residence address of the voter; 12 (2) a form of identification for the voter that meets the requirements 13 established by the director for absentee voting by mail under AS 15.20.081(f); 14 (3) the full name of the personal representative; and 15 (4) the voter's signature or mark. 16 (d) The election official shall issue the ballot and voter's certificate, which 17 includes the date and location from which the ballot was issued, upon 18 (1) receipt of the written application of the voter that meets the 19 requirements of (c) of this section; 20 (2) presentation of identification by the personal representative; and 21 (3) completion by the personal representative of a certification that 22 includes the personal representative's name, residence and mailing address, type and 23 number of identification, and signature and the name of the voter on whose behalf the 24 ballot is requested. 25 (e) The personal representative shall deliver the absentee ballot and other 26 absentee voting materials to the voter as soon as practicable. The voter shall proceed 27 to mark the ballot in secret, to place the ballot in the secrecy sleeve, and to place the 28 secrecy sleeve in the envelope provided. On the voter's certificate portion of the 29 envelope, the voter shall state the name of the personal representative who delivered 30 the absentee ballot, shall state that because of a disability the voter is unable to go to 31 a polling place to vote, and shall sign the voter's certificate in the presence of the
01 personal representative. The personal representative shall witness and date the 02 signature of the voter. The voter shall mark the ballot, and complete and sign the 03 voter's certificate, not later than election day. The voter shall return the absentee 04 ballot to the personal representative who shall deliver the ballot to an election official 05 not later than 8:00 p.m. on election day. 06 (f) Notwithstanding (e) of this section, if a qualified voter's disability 07 precludes the voter from performing any of the requirements of (e) of this section, the 08 personal representative may perform those requirements on the voter's behalf, except 09 the voting decision. 10 (g) The voter's employer, an agent of the voter's employer, or an officer or 11 agent of the voter's union may not act as a personal representative for that voter. 12 * Sec. 20. AS 15.20.081(b) is amended to read: 13 (b) An application requesting delivery of an absentee ballot to the applicant 14 by mail must be received by the division of elections not less than seven days before 15 the election for which the absentee ballot is sought. An application for an absentee 16 ballot for a state election from a qualified voter requesting delivery of an absentee 17 ballot to the applicant by electronic transmission must be received by the division of 18 elections not later than 5:00 p.m. the last weekday [LESS THAN FOUR DAYS] 19 before the election for which the absentee ballot is sought. An absentee ballot 20 application submitted by mail under this section must permit the person to register to 21 vote under AS 15.07.070 and to request an absentee ballot for each state election held 22 within that calendar year for which the voter is eligible to vote. An absentee ballot 23 application submitted by electronic transmission under this section may not include a 24 provision that permits a person to register to vote under AS 15.07.070. 25 * Sec. 21. AS 15.20.190 is amended to read: 26 Sec. 15.20.190. Appointment, duties, and compensation of district counting 27 boards. (a) Thirty days before the date of an election, the election supervisors shall 28 appoint, in the same manner provided for the appointment of election judges prescribed 29 in AS 15.10.150, district absentee ballot counting boards and district special review 30 [QUESTIONED] ballot counting boards, each composed of at least four members. At 31 least one member of each board must be a member of the same political party of
01 which the governor is a member, and at least one member of each board must be a 02 member of the political party whose candidate for governor received the second largest 03 number of votes in the preceding gubernatorial election. The district boards shall 04 assist the election supervisors in counting the absentee and special review 05 [QUESTIONED] ballots and shall receive the same compensation paid election judges 06 under AS 15.15.380. 07 (b) The election supervisor shall appoint a counting team or teams to aid the 08 district absentee ballot counting board in counting absentee ballots and the district 09 special review [QUESTIONED] ballot counting board in counting special review 10 [QUESTIONED] ballots. There shall be four counters on each counting team, no more 11 than two of whom may be members of the same political party. 12 * Sec. 22. AS 15.20.205 is amended to read: 13 Sec. 15.20.205. District examination of special review ballots [TIME OF 14 DISTRICT QUESTIONED BALLOT COUNTING REVIEW]. (a) On the second day 15 following the day of the election, the election supervisor or the supervisor's designee, 16 in the presence and with the assistance of the district special review [QUESTIONED] 17 ballot counting board, shall examine [REVIEW] all voter certificates of special review 18 [QUESTIONED] ballots received by that date. The examination [REVIEW] of the 19 special review [QUESTIONED] ballots shall continue at times designated by the 20 election supervisor until completed. 21 (b) Counting of special review [QUESTIONED] ballots that [WHICH] have 22 been examined [REVIEWED] shall begin on the third day following the day of the 23 election and shall continue at times designated by the election supervisor until all 24 special review [QUESTIONED] ballots examined [REVIEWED] and eligible for 25 counting have been counted. The counting teams shall report the count to the district 26 special review [QUESTIONED] ballot counting board. 27 (c) The district special review [QUESTIONED] ballot counting board shall 28 certify the special review [QUESTIONED] ballot totals as soon as the count is 29 completed but no later than the 10th day following the election. 30 (d) Special review [QUESTIONED] ballots received after certification of the 31 count shall be forwarded immediately to the director by the most expeditious service.
01 * Sec. 23. AS 15.20.207 is amended to read: 02 Sec. 15.20.207. Procedure for district special review [QUESTIONED] ballot 03 examination [REVIEW]. (a) The district special review [QUESTIONED] ballot 04 counting board shall examine each special review [QUESTIONED] ballot envelope 05 and shall determine whether the [QUESTIONED] voter whose ballot is subject to 06 special review is qualified to vote at the election and whether the special review 07 [QUESTIONED] ballot has been properly cast. 08 (b) A special review [QUESTIONED] ballot may not be counted if 09 (1) the voter has failed to properly execute the certificate; or 10 (2) an official or the witness authorized by law to attest the voter's 11 certificate fail to execute the certificate. 12 (c) Any person present at the district special review [QUESTIONED] ballot 13 examination [REVIEW] may challenge the name of a [QUESTIONED] voter whose 14 ballot is subject to special review when read from the voter's certificate on the 15 envelope if the person has good reason to suspect that the [QUESTIONED] voter 16 whose ballot is subject to special review is not qualified to vote, is disqualified, or 17 has voted at the same election. The person making the challenge shall specify the 18 basis of the challenge in writing. The district special review [QUESTIONED] ballot 19 counting board by majority vote may refuse to accept and count the special review 20 [QUESTIONED] ballot of a person properly challenged under grounds listed in (b) of 21 this section. 22 (d) The election supervisor shall place all rejected special review 23 [QUESTIONED] ballots in a separate envelope with statements of challenge. The 24 envelope shall be labeled "rejected special review [QUESTIONED] ballots" and shall 25 be forwarded to the director with the election certificates and other returns. 26 (e) If a special review [QUESTIONED] ballot is not rejected, the envelope 27 shall be opened and the secrecy sleeve containing the special review [QUESTIONED] 28 ballot shall be placed in a container and mixed with other secrecy sleeves containing 29 special review [QUESTIONED] ballots. 30 (f) The secrecy sleeves shall be drawn from the container, the special review 31 [QUESTIONED] ballots shall be removed from the secrecy sleeves, and the special
01 review [QUESTIONED] ballots counted at the times specified in AS 15.20.205 and 02 according to the rules for determining properly marked ballots in AS 15.15.360. 03 (g) Upon completion of the special review [QUESTIONED] ballot 04 examination [REVIEW], the election supervisor shall prepare an election certificate 05 for execution by the district special review [QUESTIONED] ballot counting board, 06 and shall forward the original certificate and returns to the director as soon as the 07 count is completed but no later than the 11th day following the election. 08 (h) The director shall prepare and mail to each [QUESTIONED] voter whose 09 special review [QUESTIONED] ballot was rejected under this section a summary of 10 the reason that the challenge to the special review [QUESTIONED] ballot was upheld 11 and the special review [QUESTIONED] ballot was rejected. 12 (i) The director shall mail the materials described in (h) of this section to the 13 voter not later than 14 (1) 10 days after completion of the review of ballots by the state review 15 board for a primary election; 16 (2) 60 days after certification of the results of a general or special 17 election. 18 (j) In addition to mailing the materials under (i)(1) of this section, for a 19 [QUESTIONED] voter whose special review [QUESTIONED] primary election ballot 20 was rejected, not later than the deadline set out in (i)(1) of this section, the director 21 shall 22 (1) determine whether, from the information obtained under 23 AS 15.07.070(h), the voter's name may be entered on the voter registration list; 24 (2) if the voter is eligible, register the voter in accordance with the 25 information submitted by the voter under AS 15.07.070(h); and 26 (3) confirm or deny the registration under this subsection by written 27 notice mailed to the voter. 28 * Sec. 24. AS 15.20.211(e) is amended to read: 29 (e) In addition to mailing the materials under (d)(1) of this section, for a 30 [QUESTIONED] voter whose special review [QUESTIONED] primary election ballot 31 was partially counted, not later than the deadline set out in (d)(1) of this section, the
01 director shall 02 (1) determine whether, from the information obtained under 03 AS 15.07.070(h), the voter's name may be entered on the voter registration list; 04 (2) if the voter is eligible, register the voter in accordance with the 05 information submitted by the voter under AS 15.07.070(h); and 06 (3) confirm or deny the registration under this subsection by written 07 notice mailed to the voter. 08 * Sec. 25. AS 15.20.220 is amended to read: 09 Sec. 15.20.220. Procedure for state review. (a) When the director and 10 appointed party representatives have completed the review of ballots cast at the voting 11 precincts, they shall proceed to review the absentee and special review 12 [QUESTIONED] ballot votes certified by the district counting boards. The review of 13 the absentee and special review [QUESTIONED] ballot vote certified by the district 14 counting boards shall be accomplished by reviewing the tallies of the recorded vote to 15 check for mathematical error and by comparing the totals with the election certificate 16 of results. 17 (b) The state review board shall review and count absentee ballots under 18 AS 15.20.081(e) and (h) and special review [QUESTIONED] ballots that have been 19 forwarded to the director and that have not been reviewed or counted by a district 20 counting board. 21 * Sec. 26. AS 15.20.480 is amended to read: 22 Sec. 15.20.480. Procedure for recount. In conducting the recount, the 23 director shall review all ballots whether the ballots were counted at the precinct or by 24 computer or by the district absentee counting board or the special review 25 [QUESTIONED] ballot counting board to determine which ballots, or part of ballots, 26 were properly marked and which ballots are to be counted in the recount, and shall 27 check the accuracy of the original count, the precinct certificate and the review. The 28 director shall check the number of ballots and special review [QUESTIONED] ballots 29 cast in a precinct against the registers and shall check absentee ballots voted against 30 absentee ballots distributed. The director shall count absentee ballots received before 31 the completion of the recount. For administrative purposes, the director may join and
01 include two or more applications in a single review and count of votes. The rules in 02 AS 15.15.360 governing the counting of hand-marked ballots and the rules in 03 AS 15.20.730 governing the counting of punch-card ballots shall be followed in the 04 recount. The ballots and other election material must remain in the custody of the 05 director during the recount and the highest degree of care shall be exercised to protect 06 the ballots against alteration or mutilation. The recount shall be completed within 10 07 days. The director may employ additional personnel necessary to assist in the recount. 08 * Sec. 27. AS 15.20.620(b) is amended to read: 09 (b) In addition to the test specified in (a) of this section, other tests shall be 10 made to ensure that the system is functioning properly 11 (1) at least one day before the election at a time specified by the data 12 processing review board presiding officer; 13 (2) on the day of the election one hour before the polls close; 14 (3) immediately after the final vote tabulation is complete; 15 (4) approximately one hour before the processing of the special review 16 [QUESTIONED] and absentee ballots; and 17 (5) immediately after the final vote tabulation of special review 18 [QUESTIONED] and absentee ballots is complete. 19 * Sec. 28. AS 15.20.640(c) is amended to read: 20 (c) The ballots containing write-in votes shall be banded together and placed 21 behind the other undamaged ballot cards which have been voted. The envelope 22 containing special review [QUESTIONED] ballots shall be banded to the computer- 23 ready ballots, and the bundle placed in a special container and sealed, with the seal signed by 24 the election board members. 25 * Sec. 29. AS 15.20.670 is amended to read: 26 Sec. 15.20.670. Receipts of ballots by control board. The control board shall 27 (1) cut the seal and remove all ballots and envelopes from the special 28 container; 29 (2) insert the proper header and end cards [INTO THE BALLOTS]; 30 (3) place the ballot bundles and unprocessable ballots envelope in a tray 31 for delivery to the computer room; and
01 (4) give the envelopes [ENVELOPE] containing special review 02 [QUESTIONED] ballots to the election supervisor. 03 * Sec. 30. AS 15.20.700(a) is amended to read: 04 (a) The ballots that [WHICH] have been counted in the computer room shall 05 be sealed by the data processing review board or the designated counting team. The 06 sealed ballots shall then be transported to a designated place of security. The special 07 review [QUESTIONED] ballots shall be sealed and given to the election supervisor 08 for tallying. 09 * Sec. 31. AS 15.20.740 is amended to read: 10 Sec. 15.20.740. Special review [QUESTIONED] punch-card ballots. The 11 procedure for examining [REVIEWING] and counting special review 12 [QUESTIONED] punch-card ballots is the same procedure established in AS 15.20.205 13 and 15.20.207 for hand-marked ballots except that special review [QUESTIONED] 14 punch-card ballots may be processed by the computer from the third through the 10th 15 day following the election. The data processing review board shall supervise the count 16 and shall follow the procedure established in AS 15.20.680 and 15.20.685. 17 * Sec. 32. AS 15.20.800(a) is amended to read: 18 (a) The director may conduct an election by mail if it is held at a time other 19 than when the general, [PARTY] primary, or municipal election is held. 20 * Sec. 33. AS 15.58.020 is amended by adding a new paragraph to read: 21 (11) under AS 37.13.170, the Alaska permanent fund annual income 22 statement and balance sheet for the two fiscal years preceding the publication of the 23 election pamphlet. 24 * Sec. 34. AS 15.58.030(a) is amended to read: 25 (a) No later than August 30 [JULY 15] of a presidential election year, 26 candidates for the offices of the United States President and Vice-President may file 27 with the lieutenant governor photographs and statements advocating their candidacy. 28 * Sec. 35. AS 15.58.030(d) is amended to read: 29 (d) Pages on which candidates' photographs or statements appear must be 30 clearly identified with the words "provided and paid for by the candidate." 31 * Sec. 36. AS 15.58.030(f) is amended to read:
01 (f) A candidate's photograph must be [A] 5" x 7" in size and must have been 02 [BLACK AND WHITE GLOSSY PRINT] taken within the past five years. The 03 photograph must be limited to the head, neck, and shoulders of the candidate. 04 * Sec. 37. AS 15.58 is amended by adding a new section to read: 05 Sec. 15.58.100. Immunity from suit. A person may not bring an action 06 against the state, a state official or employee, or any election official, arising out of the 07 publication of the official election pamphlet. 08 * Sec. 38. AS 36.30.850(b)(7) is amended to read: 09 (7) contracts for the preparation and transportation of ballots under 10 AS 15 [AS 15.15.030]; 11 * Sec. 39. AS 46.40.150 is amended to read: 12 Sec. 46.40.150. Elections in coastal resource service areas. Organization 13 elections under AS 46.40.130 and other elections, including recall elections conducted 14 under AS 46.40.140, shall be administered by the lieutenant governor in the general 15 manner provided in AS 15 (Election Code). In addition, the lieutenant governor may 16 adopt regulations necessary to the conduct of coastal resource service area board 17 elections. The state shall pay all elections costs. Elections supervised by the 18 lieutenant governor under AS 46.40.110 - 46.40.180 may be conducted by mail as 19 permitted by AS 15.20.800.