An Act To Amend the Election Laws and Other Related Laws
Sec. 1. 1 MRSA §353, as amended by PL 2009, c. 462, Pt. D, §1, is further amended to read:
§ 353. Explanation of proposed amendments and statewide referenda
With the assistance of the Secretary of State, the Attorney General shall prepare a brief explanatory statement that must fairly describe the intent and content and what a "yes" vote favors and a "no" vote opposes for each constitutional resolution or statewide referendum that may be presented to the people and that must include any information prepared by the Treasurer of State under Title 5, section 152. The explanatory statement may not include comments of proponents or opponents as provided by section 354. In addition to the explanatory statement, the Office of Fiscal and Program Review shall prepare an estimate of the fiscal impact of each constitutional resolution or statewide referendum on state revenues, appropriations and allocations within 10 15 business days after the receipt of the application and full text of the proposed law by the Secretary of State. The fiscal impact estimate must summarize the aggregate impact that the constitutional resolution or referendum will have on the General Fund, the Highway Fund, Other Special Revenue Funds and the amounts distributed by the State to local units of government.
Sec. 2. 21-A MRSA §3, as amended by PL 1997, c. 436, §8, is further amended to read:
§ 3. Signatures and names
When this Title requires a name or signature on a document, immaterial irregularities shall do not invalidate the name or signature if the identity of the person named is clear to the public official charged with reviewing that document.
Sec. 3. 21-A MRSA §7, as enacted by PL 1989, c. 166, §1, is amended to read:
§ 7. Use of words
When used in this Title, the words "shall" and "must" are used in a mandatory sense to impose an obligation to act or refrain from acting in the manner specified by the context. The word "may," when used in this Title, is used in a permissive sense to grant authority or permission, but not to create duty, to act in the manner specified by the context. When used in this Title, the term "may not" indicates a lack of authority or permission to act or refrain from acting in the manner specified by the context , whereas the term "shall not" indicates a duty to refraim from action or omission in the manner specified by the context.
Sec. 4. 21-A MRSA §101, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2009, c. 253, §8, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
Sec. 5. 21-A MRSA §141, sub-§1, as amended by PL 1989, c. 313, §2, is further amended to read:
Sec. 6. 21-A MRSA §501, sub-§3, as amended by PL 2001, c. 310, §27, is further amended to read:
Sec. 7. 21-A MRSA §625, as amended by PL 2009, c. 341, §2, is further amended to read:
§ 625. Posting of sample ballots
At least 7 days before an election, the clerk shall post a sample ballot, furnished to the clerk under section 603, and the fiscal impact statement for direct initiatives of legislation furnished to the clerk under section 629, subsection 1, paragraph D-1 in a conspicuous, public place in each voting district.
Sec. 8. 21-A MRSA §629, sub-§1, ¶D-1, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 341, §3, is amended to read:
Sec. 9. 21-A MRSA §756, as amended by PL 2003, c. 447, §§32 and 33, is further amended to read:
§ 756. Procedure on receipt
When the clerk receives a return envelope apparently containing an absentee ballot, he the clerk shall observe the following procedures.
Sec. 10. 21-A MRSA §759, sub-§3, as amended by PL 1999, c. 645, §9, is further amended to read:
Sec. 11. 21-A MRSA §759, sub-§8, as repealed and replaced by PL 1999, c. 645, §10, is amended to read:
If the municipality processes absentee ballots only after the polls close on election day, then the candidate or the candidate's representative a member of the public who wishes to inspect absentee materials must notify the warden by 5 p.m. on election day that the candidate or the candidate's representative person wishes to inspect absentee ballot applications and envelopes after the polls close. The warden shall allow the candidate or representative requestor to inspect the applications and envelopes for 30 minutes after the polls close. The warden may immediately proceed to process the ballots after the candidate or representative person has completed the review.
Sec. 12. 21-A MRSA §760-B, sub-§3, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 455, §45, is amended to read:
Sec. 13. 21-A MRSA §760-B, sub-§4, as enacted by PL 2007, c. 455, §45, is amended to read:
Sec. 14. 21-A MRSA §828, as enacted by PL 1985, c. 161, §6, is amended to read:
§ 828. Security for keys
The municipal clerk shall keep the keys to each voting machine in a vault or safe which that is kept securely locked when the keys are not being removed from or replaced in it. He shall The municipal clerk may not allow any unauthorized person to have possession of the keys to any voting machine.
Sec. 15. 21-A MRSA §850, as enacted by PL 1985, c. 161, §6, is amended to read:
§ 850. Secrecy preserved
The warden at each voting place shall may not remain or allow any other person to remain where he the warden or person can see how anyone votes, except that a proper official may remain when his the official's assistance has been requested by a voter.