Senate Bill #588 (2019)

AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS - NOMINATION - DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY - PRIMARY VOTES

Moves the date of primaries to the eighth Tuesday preceding biennial state elections.

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  • 2019 – S 0588
  • 2019 – S 0588 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • LC001279
  • LC001279/SUB A
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  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO ELECTIONS – SECRETARY OF STATE
  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2019
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO ELECTIONS - NOMINATION - DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY -
  • PRIMARY VOTES
  • Introduced By: Senator Elizabeth A. Crowley
  • Date Introduced: March 14, 2019
  • Referred To: Senate Judiciary
  • (Secretary of State)
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Section 17-6-5 of the General Laws in Chapter 17-6 entitled "Secretary of State" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 17-6-5. Registration lists available to political parties and candidates. Registration lists available.
  • (a) Upon application in writing, the secretary of state shall, upon request, furnish prepaid at a reasonable price to be established annually by the secretary and at a reasonable time, to the state chairperson of each political party and to each person proposing to be a duly qualified candidate for state or congressional office and to no one else except as provided in this chapter, lists of registered voters as they appear in the central voter registry of each city or town or of each senatorial or representative district, or of each congressional district except as such lists are hereinafter specifically modified.
  • (b) These lists, so furnished, shall be used by the chairpersons for political purposes, or by the candidates only in the furtherance of candidacy for political office in the ensuing primary and/or general election and for no other purpose. The information available for each registrant shall consist only of the name, designation of party affiliation, unique voter identifier, street address, city or town, birth year, congressional district, senatorial district, representative district, ward, and/or precinct and nothing else.
  • (c) The price for these lists shall include update subscriptions as available to the date of the election for which the lists have been requested. These updates shall reflect changes to the registry records, including all new and deleted voters as received by the secretary of state.
  • (d) The secretary of state shall make the list of registered voters available for public view in an accessible location during regular business hours.
  • SECTION 2. Section 17-6-6 of the General Laws in Chapter 17-6 entitled "Secretary of State" is hereby repealed.
  • 17-6-6. Oath required as to use of lists.
  • Every person receiving the registry lists shall take and subscribe to the following oath:
  • "I understand that the lists requested by me are the property of the state of Rhode Island and (I affirm that I am the state chairperson of the ________ party); (I proposed to be a duly qualified candidate in the next following primary and/or election); and that I am a person authorized by § 17-6-5 to receive a copy of the registry lists described; and I further affirm that the lists will be used only for the purposes prescribed and for no other use and that I will not permit the use of or copying of the lists by unauthorized persons.
  • _________________________
  • Signature of purchaser
  • Subscribed and sworn to before me at ________, this ________ day of ________, 20________.
  • _________________________
  • Notary public"
  • SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon passage.
  • It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Section 17-14-11 of the General Laws in Chapter 17-14 entitled "Nomination of Party and Independent Candidates"is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 17-14-11. Checking and certification of nomination papers – Challenge.
  • Each nomination paper for party and independent candidates shall be submitted before four o'clock (4:00) p.m. on the sixtieth (60th) day before the primary to the localboard of the city or town where the signers appear to be voters or, in the case of specialelections, on the twenty- eighth (28th) day before the primary. Nomination papers for independent presidential candidates and presidential candidates of political parties, other than those defined in § 17-1-2(9), shall be filed not later than sixty (60) days prior to the general election. Each local board shall immediately proceed to check signatures on each nomination paper filed with it against the voting list as last canvassed or published according to law. In the case of candidates for statewide office, the local boards shall certify the number of names appearing on the nomination papers that are in conformity with the requirements of § 17-14-8, and after considering any challenge under this section, shall immediately file all nomination papers for the officers with the secretary of state. In the case of all other candidates, the The local boards shall certify a sufficient number of names appearing on the nomination papers that are in conformity with the requirements of § 17-14-8 to qualify the candidate for a position on the ballot, and after considering any challenge under this section and, if necessary, certifying any additional valid names, shall immediately file nomination papers for statewide office, generalassembly and state and district committee candidates with the secretary of state; provided, that nomination papers for local candidates shall be retained by the local board. If any candidate or the chairperson of any party committee questions the validity or authenticity of any signature on the nomination paper, the local board shall immediately and summarily decide the question, and for this purpose, shallhave the same powers as are conferred upon the board by the provisions of § 17-14-14. If any challenged signature is found to be invalid, for any reason in law, or forged, then the signature shall not be counted.
  • SECTION 2. Section 17-15-1 of the General Laws in Chapter 17-15 entitled "Primary Elections" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 17-15-1. Date of primaries.
  • A primary election for the nomination of candidates for each political party shall be held in each voting district in the manner provided in this chapter on the second Tuesday after the first Monday in September in each even numbered year eighth Tuesday preceding biennial state elections.
  • SECTION 3. This act shalltake effect on January 1, 2020.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO ELECTIONS – SECRETARY OF STATE
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  • This act would provide that lists of registered voters be made available to the general public by the secretary of state, and would repeal the requirement that the request be made under oath.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001279 ========
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO ELECTIONS - NOMINATION - DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY -
  • PRIMARY VOTES
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  • This act would move the date of primaries to the eighth Tuesday preceding biennialstate elections.
  • This act would take effect on January 1, 2020. ======== LC001279/SUB A ========
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