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S.57

Introduced by Senator Bloomer of Rutland County

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject: Elections; absentee ballots; military personnel

Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to authorize standing requests for absentee ballots by active duty military personnel and persons temporarily residing in a foreign country.

AN ACT RELATING TO STANDING REQUESTS FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 17 V.S.A. 2532 is amended to read:

2532. APPLICATIONS; FORM

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(b) *[A]* Except as otherwise provided in subsection (d) of this section, a person temporarily residing in a foreign country who is eligible to register to vote in this state, or a military service *[absentee]* absent voter who is eligible to register to vote in this state, may apply for absentee ballots in the same manner and within the same time limits that apply for other absent voters. An official federal postcard application shall suffice as a simultaneous request for an application for addition to the checklist and for an absentee ballot, when properly submitted. Any other person also may make a simultaneous request for an application for addition to the checklist and for an absentee ballot. The provisions of this section shall apply to anyone who is not eligible to register prior to the third Saturday before the day of election, but expects to be eligible on or before election day.

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(d) An application for an absent voter ballot shall be valid for only one election, unless specific request is made by an *[absent voter]* applicant that the application be valid for both a primary election, excluding a presidential primary, and the general election next following, as long as both ballots are to be mailed to the same address. In addition, an application for an absent voter ballot by a person temporarily residing in a foreign country who is eligible to register to vote in this state, or a military service absentee voter who is eligible to register to vote in this state shall, upon specific request by the applicant, be treated as a standing application and shall be valid for all elections, as long as the ballots are to be mailed to the same address.

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