S.232

AN ACT RELATING TO MOBILE POLLING STATIONS

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

Sec. 1.  17 V.S.A. § 2532a is added to read:

§ 2532a.  MOBILE POLLING STATIONS

Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter to the contrary, the secretary of state may authorize a town clerk to establish a mobile polling station at which two or more election officials who are not all members of the same political party shall make absentee ballots available.  The town clerk shall notify the public of the mobile polling station three days prior to operation by posting at the town clerk’s office and at the mobile polling station site the date and hours that the mobile polling station will operate.  The secretary of state shall establish procedures that ensure that:

(1)  prior to distributing a ballot, the election officials shall verify that the voter’s name is on the town checklist or will register the individual to vote if he or she is not registered and is qualified to vote in the town.  The election officials shall make a list of the names of each voter who has voted at the mobile polling site;

(2)  each voter shall place his or her ballot in an early absentee ballot envelope, seal and sign the certificate, and return the ballot envelope to the election officials;

(3)  upon the closure of the mobile polling place, the election officials shall immediately return the ballot envelopes, list of names, and any unvoted ballots to the town clerk who shall add each voter’s name to the list of early or absentee voters and commingle the envelopes with other returned early absentee ballot envelopes in the vault.  Ballots that are returned along with a new voter registration form shall be kept in a secure place in the vault until the registration process has been completed and then processed as in this subdivision.

Sec. 2.  REPEAL

17 V.S.A. § 2532a (mobile polling stations) shall be repealed on July 1, 2009.