HB 320: "An Act relating to the use of electronic ballots."

00 HOUSE BILL NO. 320 01 "An Act relating to the use of electronic ballots." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section 04 to read: 05 SHORT TITLE. This Act may be known as the Frank Haas Act. 06 * Sec. 2. AS 15.15.030(5) is amended to read: 07 (5) The [STATE GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT SHALL BE 08 PRINTED ON WHITE PAPER WITH THE] names of the candidates and their party 09 designations shall be placed in separate sections on the state general election ballot 10 under the office designation to which they were nominated. The party affiliation, if 11 any, shall be designated after the name of the candidate. The lieutenant governor and 12 the governor shall be included under the same section. Provision shall be made for 13 voting for write-in and no-party candidates within each section. Paper ballots for the 14 state general election shall be printed on white paper. 15 * Sec. 3. AS 15.15.030(13) is amended to read:

01 (13) Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, the director may 02 provide for voting by use of electronically generated ballots or optically scanned 03 ballots where the requisite [OPTICAL SCANNING] equipment is available. If the 04 director provides for voting by use of electronically generated ballots, the 05 director shall provide equipment enabling the visually impaired to vote without 06 assistance. 07 * Sec. 4. AS 15.20.900 is amended to read: 08 Sec. 15.20.900. Optically scanned or electronically generated ballots 09 [BALLOT TABULATION]. (a) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this title, 10 the director may adopt regulations that provide procedures for the tabulation of 11 electronically generated ballots or optically scanned ballots, including procedures 12 for 13 (1) tests of the counting programs developed for each precinct 14 tabulator to ensure that the system is functioning properly; 15 (2) security for the voting and tabulation of ballots; 16 (3) the transmission and accumulation of vote totals to assure the 17 integrity of the vote counting process; 18 (4) observation by the public of the counting process in the regional 19 offices; and 20 (5) the disposition of ballots. 21 (b) The state ballot counting review board established under AS 15.10.180 22 shall test the counting programs for the tabulation of electronically generated ballots 23 or optically scanned ballots and certify their accuracy in accordance with the 24 regulations adopted under (a) of this section.