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Bill Detail: SB23-301

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Title Voting In Presidential Primary Elections
Status Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/27/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Elections & Redistricting
House Sponsors M. Soper (R)
Senate Sponsors J. Bridges (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 04/24/2023

The bill requires that in presidential primary elections, beginning
with the 2028 presidential primary election, electors rank their 5 top
choices for candidate. Each ballot counts as one vote for the highest
ranked active candidate on that ballot. Votes are tabulated in rounds until
2 or fewer active candidates remain. Votes cast for a candidate who
withdraws their candidacy for president of the United States and votes
cast for a candidate with the fewest votes in a round of tabulation are
transferred to the elector's next highest ranked active candidate on the
ballot. Ties are determined by lot. Round-by-round tabulation results must
be publicly reported as unofficial preliminary results beginning at the time
the polls close on election day until all votes have been counted.
The secretary of state must certify the results of each round of
tabulation to the state chairperson and national committee of each
political party that participated in the presidential primary election. The
secretary of state is authorized to promulgate rules for the implementation
of the ranked choice voting method for presidential primary elections.
The bill also requires that for the 2024 presidential primary
election, voters covered by the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters
Act be allowed to cast votes on ballots that allow the voter to rank up to
5 candidates, including a write-in candidate, and provides for the manner
in which such ballots are to be counted.
Current law provides that ballots already printed that have votes
cast for withdrawn, deceased, or disqualified candidates are invalid and
are not to be counted. The bill makes an exception that ranked ballots
with votes cast for withdrawn, deceased, or disqualified candidates for a
presidential primary election are to be counted.

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