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HB2962 SUB


H. B. 2962

(By Delegates Amores and Trump)
(Originating in the Committee on the Judiciary)

[March 22, 2005]

A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §3-6-13, relating to authorizing the Secretary of State to train, appoint and pay expenses for volunteer election observers.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §3-6-13, to read as follows:
§3-6-13. Volunteer Election Observers.
(a) The Secretary of State may appoint, train and pay expenses for teams of volunteer election observers for primary, general and special elections as follows:
(1) Each team shall have two or three members;
(2) No two members of a team may be of the same political party;
(3) Each member must be an eligible voter in this state;
(4) Each member must successfully complete training in the conduct of free and fair elections in this state as prescribed and provided by the office of the Secretary of State;
(5) Teams shall have total access to observe all county and municipal election activities in the vote counting centers on the day of the election from the time the polls open until the unofficial returns are posted;
(6) Volunteer election observers may be reimbursed for reasonable travel costs and the reasonable cost of lodging for one night from funds appropriated to the office of the Secretary of State;
(7) A volunteer election observer may not serve as an observer in his or her own county of residence or in any county contiguous to the volunteer election observer's county of residence; and
(8) A volunteer election observer may not be a candidate, an immediate family member of a candidate or an employee of a candidate or candidate's campaign committee if the candidate's name appears on the ballot in the county in which the volunteer election observer serves.
(b) Nothing in this section may be construed to permit nonresident observers in any polling or ballot counting place in this state.

Note: The purpose of this bill is to authorize the Secretary of State to appoint, train and pay the necessary expenses of volunteer election observers in this state.

This section is new, therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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