An Act To Amend Certain Laws Governing Elections
Sec. 1. 21-A MRSA §128, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2005, c. 453, §20, is further amended to read:
(1) A published obituary may be used if it contains the name of the registered voter along with the date and place of death of that voter.
(2) A notice from an immediate family member of the registered voter may be used if it contains the name of the voter along with the date and place of death of that voter and is signed by the immediate family member. The Secretary of State shall design a form to be used for this purpose;
Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA §363, first ¶, as amended by PL 1993, c. 447, §3, is further amended to read:
The meeting of a political committee as required by sections 371, 373, 374-A, 381, 382 and 393 is governed by the following provisions.
Sec. 3. 21-A MRSA §363, sub-§4, as enacted by PL 1985, c. 161, §6, is amended to read:
Sec. 4. 21-A MRSA §365, first ¶, as amended by PL 2003, c. 510, Pt. A, §13, is further amended to read:
The political committee that has jurisdiction over the choice of a candidate for nomination or a nominee to fill a vacancy under sections 371, 373, 374-A, 381 and 382 is as follows.
Sec. 5. 21-A MRSA §367, as amended by PL 2015, c. 447, §10, is further amended to read:
§ 367. Candidate withdrawal
A candidate who wishes to withdraw from an elective race shall notify the Secretary of State in writing of the candidate's intent to withdraw. This notice must be signed by the candidate. If the reason for the withdrawal is catastrophic illness, condition or injury, the procedures set forth in section 374-A, subsection 1, paragraph B must be complied with if the candidate is to be replaced.
Sec. 6. 21-A MRSA §371, as amended by PL 2015, c. 447, §11, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
§ 371. Primary election candidates; vacancy
Sec. 7. 21-A MRSA §372, as enacted by PL 1985, c. 161, §6, is repealed.
Sec. 8. 21-A MRSA §373, as amended by PL 2001, c. 310, §23, is repealed.
Sec. 9. 21-A MRSA §374-A, as amended by PL 2015, c. 447, §§12 and 13, is further amended to read:
§ 374-A. Withdrawal of candidates for certain state offices General election candidates; vacancy
Sec. 10. 21-A MRSA §374-B is enacted to read:
§ 374-B. Special election candidates
If a candidate for an office on a special election ballot dies or withdraws for any reason, the candidate’s name will not be removed from the ballot. The Secretary of State shall immediately prepare and distribute to the local election officials in the candidate’s electoral district a notice informing voters that the candidate has died or has withdrawn and that a vote for that candidate will not be counted. The notice must be distributed with all absentee ballots requested after the notice is received by the local election officials and, on election day, must be posted outside the guardrail enclosure in accordance with section 651, subsection 2 and in each voting booth. Notice that the candidate has died or has withdrawn must also be posted on the Secretary of State's publicly accessible website.
Sec. 11. 21-A MRSA §376, as amended by PL 2015, c. 447, §15, is further amended to read:
§ 376. Production of new ballots
Sec. 12. 21-A MRSA §604, as amended by PL 1997, c. 436, §78, is further amended to read:
§ 604. Emergency ballot procedure
In an emergency as described in subsection 2, the Secretary of State may prepare new ballots, amend those direct that ballots already printed be amended or supplemented in accordance with subsection 1 or 1-A or authorize any clerk to procure ballots from another municipality or voting district. He may authorize any clerk to do the same.
Sec. 13. 21-A MRSA §651, sub-§2, ¶B, as amended by PL 2017, c. 246, §1, is further amended by enacting sub-¶(3-A) to read:
(1) At least one voting instruction poster prepared under section 605-A;
(2) One set of sample ballots for each ballot style being used in that voting place;
(3) A list of any declared write-in candidates for that voting district, with the office sought, next to the sample ballots;
(3-A) A supplemental notice correcting an error or providing information on a replacement candidate prepared under section 604 or a notice informing voters that a vote for a candidate will not be counted because the candidate has died or has withdrawn prepared under section 371, subsection 5 or 6 or section 374-A, subsection 3 next to the sample ballots;
(4) One voting rights poster or notice prepared under section 605-A;
(5) One election penalty poster or notice prepared under section 605-A;
(6) One Treasurer's Statement prepared under Title 5, section 152;
(7) One copy, or more as determined necessary by the clerk, of the citizen's guide to the referendum election prepared under section 605-A. The clerk shall post, in a conspicuous and public area, a notification indicating that the citizen's guide provides helpful information regarding referendum questions on the ballot and where the guide is located in the voting place for voters to read; and
(8) One copy of the Office of Fiscal and Program Review's estimate of the fiscal impact prepared under Title 1, section 353.
Sec. 14. 21-A MRSA §711, sub-§3, as amended by PL 2007, c. 455, §39, is further amended to read:
Sec. 15. 21-A MRSA §712, as amended by PL 2019, c. 371, §25, is repealed.
Sec. 16. 21-A MRSA §760-B, sub-§2, as amended by PL 2019, c. 371, §38, is further amended to read:
Sec. 17. 21-A MRSA §777-A, as amended by PL 2015, c. 447, §30, is further amended to read:
§ 777-A. Registration and enrollment
Notwithstanding the registration deadline in section 121-A, uniformed service voters or overseas voters may register or enroll at any time prior to 5 p.m. on the day before election day by completing a federal or state voter registration application form and filing it with the registrar or the Secretary of State in person, by mail or by electronic means authorized by the Secretary of State.
Sec. 18. 21-A MRSA §781-A, as amended by PL 2015, c. 447, §31, is further amended to read:
§ 781-A. Absentee ballot application; procedure on receipt
Notwithstanding the absentee ballot application deadline in section 753-B, subsection 2, paragraph D, upon receipt of an application or written request for an absentee ballot prior to 5 p.m. on the day before election day from a uniformed service voter or overseas voter that is accepted pursuant to section 753-A or section 783, the clerk or the Secretary of State shall immediately issue an absentee ballot and return envelope by the authorized means designated by the voter in the application. If the ballot is to be transmitted to the voter by mail, the clerk or the Secretary of State shall type or write in ink the name and the residence address of the voter in the designated section of the return envelope. The Secretary of State shall provide a return envelope that moves free of postage under federal law.
Sec. 19. 21-A MRSA §901, first ¶, as amended by PL 2009, c. 253, §57, is further amended to read:
To initiate proceedings for a people's veto referendum or the direct initiative of legislation, provided in the Constitution of Maine, Article IV, Part Third, Sections 17 and 18, a voter shall submit a written application to the Department of the Secretary of State on a form designed by the Secretary of State. The application must contain the names, residence addresses , e-mail addresses, telephone numbers and signatures of 5 voters, in addition to the applicant, who are designated to receive any notices in proceedings under this chapter. The Secretary of State shall provide such notices by e-mail only. For a direct initiative, the application must contain the full text of the proposed law and a summary that explains the purpose and intent of the direct initiative in both electronic and printed formats. The voter submitting the application shall sign the application in the presence of the Secretary of State, the Secretary of State's designee or a notary public.
Sec. 20. 30-A MRSA §2528, sub-§6, ¶D, as enacted by PL 1987, c. 737, Pt. A, §2 and Pt. C, §106 and amended by PL 1989, c. 6; c. 9, §2; and c. 104, Pt. C, §§8 and 10, is repealed and the following enacted in its place: