A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT PROVIDING THAT THE STATE SHALL reimburse counties for THE COST OF RETURN POSTAGE FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS RETURNED BY MAIL; providing rulemaking authority; and AMENDING SECTIONS 13-13-201 AND 13-13-214, MCA."
NEW SECTION. Section 1. Payment of postage for absentee ballot return -- rulemaking. (1) Each county may determine how to pay the postage on return envelopes mailed to electors pursuant to 13-13-214(2)(b) for the return of absentee ballots by mail.
(2) The office of the secretary of state shall reimburse each county for postage costs incurred for the return of absentee ballots by mail. The reimbursement must be paid from funds appropriated by the legislature to the office of the secretary of state for the purpose of this section.
(4) A provisionally registered elector may also enclose in the outer signature envelope a copy of the elector's photo identification showing the elector's name. The photo identification may be but is not limited to a valid driver's license, a school district or postsecondary education photo identification, or a tribal photo identification. If the provisionally registered elector does not enclose a photo identification, the elector may enclose a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, notice of confirmation of voter registration issued pursuant to 13-2-207, government check, or other government document that shows the elector's name and current address."
"13-13-214. Mailing absentee ballot to elector -- delivery to person other than elector. (1) (a) Except as provided in 13-13-213 and in subsection (1)(c) of this section, the election administrator shall mail, postage prepaid, to each legally registered elector and provisionally registered elector from whom the election administrator has received a valid absentee ballot application under 13-13-211 and 13-13-212 whatever official ballots are necessary in a manner that conforms to postal regulations to require the return rather than forwarding of ballots.
(b) a signature envelope for the return of the ballot. The signature envelope must have postage paid by the county if it is returned by mail, be self-addressed by the election administrator, and include an affirmation that is printed on the back of the envelope in the form prescribed by the secretary of state must be printed on the back of the signature envelope.
(3) The election administrator shall ensure that the ballots provided to an absentee elector are marked as provided in 13-13-116 and shall remove the stubs from the ballots, keeping the stubs in numerical order with the application for absentee ballots, if applicable, or in a precinct envelope or container for that purpose.
(4) Instructions for voting must be enclosed with the ballots. Instructions for primary elections must include disposal instructions for unvoted ballots. The instructions must include information concerning the type or types of writing instruments that may be used to mark the absentee ballot. The instructions must include information regarding use of the secrecy envelope and use of the signature envelope. The election administrator shall include a voter information pamphlet with the instructions if:
NEW SECTION. Section 4. Codification instruction. [Section 1] is intended to be codified as an integral part of Title 13, chapter 13, part 2, and the provisions of Title 13, chapter 13, part 2, apply to [section 1].
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