An Act To Expand the Early Processing of Absentee Ballots
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, this legislation makes changes to improve the administration of absentee voting; and
Whereas, required planning necessary for administration of absentee voting for the next general election must begin well before the election; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA §760-B, as amended by PL 2013, c. 457, §4, is further amended to read:
§ 760-B. Procedures when clerk processes absentee ballots prior to election day
Any municipality or jurisdiction that conducts its own elections may opt to process absentee ballots on the beginning on the 3rd day immediately prior to election day , except that processing on a Sunday is not permitted. The clerk shall use the following procedure when processing the absentee ballots during this time.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.