State of South Dakota  

546T0403   SENATE ENGROSSED    NO.  SB 128 -  2/14/2012  

Introduced by:    Senators Lederman, Brown, Maher, Rampelberg, and Schlekeway and Representatives Willadsen, Cronin, Hansen (Jon), Kirkeby, and Moser

        FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to revise certain provisions concerning elections.
    Section 1. That § 12-4-2 be amended to read as follows:
    12-4-2. The county auditor has complete charge of maintaining and safeguarding the voter registration records in the county. The county auditor shall retain all voter registration records in the auditor's office in paper or electronic form. All such records shall be open to public inspection at all times during office hours, except that public access to social security numbers and driver license numbers is restricted pursuant to § 12-4-9.
    Voter registration shall be conducted by each county auditor and municipal finance officer. Voter registration shall be available at the secretary of state's office and at those locations which provide driver licenses; food stamps; temporary assistance for needy families; women, infants, and children nutrition program; medicaid; military recruitment; and assistance to the disabled as provided by the Department of Human Services.
    Section 2. That § 12-4-9 be amended to read as follows:
    12-4-9. The county auditor shall maintain and safeguard a file of voters in computer format

that contains each person registered in each voting precinct within the county. This file shall be known as the master registration file and shall be, at all times during office hours, open to public inspection. However, public access to social security numbers and driver license numbers contained in the master registration file shall be prohibited. Public access to each voter's day and month of birth shall be restricted. Public access to the voter's year of birth is not restricted. The master registration file shall contain all information from each voter's registration card except the description of the location of the voter's residence. The master registration file shall also include the date of the last election the voter has voted in and when the voter's information was last updated. The master registration file may also contain additional voter history information.
    Section 3. That § 12-4-4.11 be amended to read as follows:
    12-4-4.11. If an overseas citizen who has never resided in South Dakota is eligible to register to vote pursuant to § 12-4-4.4 as the adult child of an overseas citizen and has not reached the age of twenty-two, the voter registration of the adult child shall be accompanied by a photocopy of the adult child's United States passport identification page and an overseas registrant form indicating where the adult child's parent is registered to vote in South Dakota. The State Board of Elections shall prescribe promulgate rules, pursuant to chapter 1-26, concerning the overseas registrant form.
    Section 4. That § 12-20-37 be amended to read as follows:
    12-20-37. The secretary of state shall, at least thirty days before each primary and general election, transmit to each county auditor envelopes for all returns of votes required to be made to the secretary of state's office. Printed directions shall accompany the envelope provide for the guidance and direction of the county auditor in making the returns according to law.
    Section 5. That § 12-4-24.1 be repealed.
    12-4-24.1. Upon request the county auditor shall provide at their actual cost no more than

five copies of precinct registration lists to the chairman or central committee of each organized political party, and a copy to each candidate requesting them, by the first Tuesday of the month preceding an election.