H1071: Use Methods of Certain Groups/Voter Rolls. Latest Version

Session: 2023 - 2024

Passed 1st Reading

AN ACT to require the state board of elections to use various methods in its list maintenance efforts.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1.  G.S. 163‑82.14, as amended by Section 44(e) of S.L. 2023‑140, reads as rewritten:

§ 163‑82.14.  List maintenance.

(a)        Requirement for List Maintenance. – In accordance with this section, the State Board and county boards of elections shall maintain the list of eligible voters in the State by providing for the following:

(1)        The removal of the names of ineligible voters from the official lists of eligible voters.

(2)        Updates to the addresses and other necessary data of persons who remain on the official lists of eligible voters.

(a1)      Methods of List Maintenance; Cross State Checks. – List maintenance efforts under this section shall be nondiscriminatory and shall comply with the provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, and with the provisions of the National Voter Registration Act. The State Board, in addition to the methods set forth in this section, may shall use other methods toward the ends set forth in subsection (a) of this section, including address‑updating services provided by the Postal Service and entering into data sharing agreements with other states to cross‑check information on voter registration and voting records. Any data sharing agreement shall require the other state or states to comply with G.S. 163‑82.10 and G.S. 163‑82.10B. The State Board shall also establish a system that, on an ongoing basis, implements a uniform method for investigating and correcting the data provided by election integrity organizations to assist in its list maintenance efforts in identifying and removing ineligible and duplicate registrations. The State Board shall provide quarterly reports on (i) what corrections were made and (ii) the number of corrections made, by county. The reports shall be submitted to the House of Representatives Committee on Election Law and Campaign Finance Reform, the Senate Committee on Redistricting and Elections, the Joint Legislative Elections Oversight Committee, and the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on General Government.


SECTION 2.  This act becomes effective July 1, 2024.