21.227.15 96th Legislative Session 981
SENATE JUDICIARY ENGROSSED
Introduced by: Senator Johns
An Act to adopt the Uniform Faithful Presidential Electors Act.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:
Section 1. That a NEW SECTION be added:
12-24A-1. Short Title.
This chapter may be cited as the Uniform Faithful Presidential Electors Act.
Section 2. That a NEW SECTION be added:
Terms used in this chapter mean:
(1) "Cast," accepted by the secretary of state in accordance with § 12-24A-7;
(2) "Elector," an individual selected as a presidential elector under § 12-16-6 and this chapter;
(3) "President," President of the United States;
(4) "Vice President," Vice President of the United States.
Section 3. That a NEW SECTION be added:
For each elector position in this state, a political party contesting the position, shall submit to the secretary of state the names of two qualified individuals. One of the individuals must be designated "elector nominee" "alternate elector nominee". Except as otherwise provided in §§ 12-24A-5 through 12-24A-8, this state's electors are the winning elector nominees under the laws of this state.
Section 4. That a NEW SECTION be added:
Each elector nominee and alternate elector nominee of a political party shall execute the following pledge: "If selected for the position of elector, I agree to serve and to mark my ballots for President and Vice President for the nominees for those offices of the party that nominated me." The executed pledges must accompany the submission of the corresponding names to the secretary of state.
Section 5. That a NEW SECTION be added:
12-24A-5. Certification of electors.
In submitting this state's certificate of ascertainment as required by 3 U.S.C. § 6, the Governor shall certify this state's electors and state in the certificate that:
(1) The electors will serve as electors unless a vacancy occurs in the office of elector before the end of the meeting at which elector votes are cast, in which case a substitute elector will fill the vacancy; and
(2) If a substitute elector is appointed to fill a vacancy, the Governor will submit an amended certificate of ascertainment stating the names on the final list of this state's electors.
Section 6. That a NEW SECTION be added:
12-24A-6. Presiding officer--Elector vacancy.
(1) The secretary of state shall preside at the meeting of electors described in § 12-24A-7;
(2) The position of an elector not present to vote is vacant. The secretary of state shall appoint an individual as a substitute elector to fill a vacancy as follows:
(a) If the alternate elector is present to vote, by appointing the alternate elector for the vacant position;
(b) If the alternate elector for the vacant position is not present to vote, by appointing an elector chosen by lot from among the alternate electors present to vote who were nominated by the same political party;
(c) If the number of alternate electors present to vote is insufficient to fill any vacant position pursuant to subsections (a) and (b), by appointing any immediately available individual who is qualified to serve as an elector and chosen through nomination by and plurality vote of the remaining electors, including nomination and vote by a single elector if only one remains;
(d) If there is a tie between at least two nominees for substitute elector in a vote conducted under subsection (c), by appointing an elector chosen by lot from among those nominees; or
(e) If all elector positions are vacant and cannot be filled pursuant to subsections (a) through (d), by appointing a single presidential elector, with remaining vacant positions to be filled under subsection (c) and, if necessary, subsection (d);
(3) To qualify as a substitute elector under subdivision (2), an individual who has not executed the pledge required under § 12-24A-4 shall execute the following pledge: "I agree to serve and to mark my ballots for President and Vice President consistent with the pledge of the individual to whose elector position I have succeeded.".
Section 7. That a NEW SECTION be added:
12-24A-7. Elector voting.
(1) At the time designated for elector voting and after all vacant positions have been filled under § 12-24A-6, the secretary of state shall provide each elector with a presidential and a vice-presidential ballot. The elector shall mark the elector's presidential and vice-presidential ballots with the elector's votes for the offices of President and Vice President, respectively, along with the elector's signature and the elector's legibly printed name;
(2) Except as otherwise provided by law of this state other than this chapter, each elector shall present both completed ballots to the secretary of state, who shall examine the ballots and accept as cast all ballots of electors whose votes are consistent with their pledges executed under § 12-24A-4 or subdivision 12-24A-6(3). Except as otherwise provided by law of this state other than this chapter, the secretary of state may not accept and may not count either an elector's presidential or vice-presidential ballot if the elector has not marked both ballots or has marked a ballot in violation of the elector's pledge;
(3) An elector who refuses to present a ballot, presents an unmarked ballot, or presents a ballot marked in violation of the elector's pledge executed under § 12-24A-4 or subdivision 12-24A-6(3), vacates the office of elector, creating a vacant position to be filled under § 12-24A-6;
(4) The secretary of state shall distribute ballots to and collect ballots from a substitute elector and repeat the process under this section of examining ballots, declaring and filling vacant positions as required, and recording appropriately completed ballots from the substituted electors, until all of this state's electoral votes have been cast and recorded.
Section 8. That a NEW SECTION be added:
12-24A-8. Elector replacement--Associated certificates.
(1) After the vote of this state's electors is completed, if the final list of electors differs from any list that the Governor previously included on a certificate of ascertainment prepared and transmitted under 3 U.S.C. § 6, the secretary of state immediately shall prepare an amended certificate of ascertainment and transmit it to the Governor for the Governor's signature;
(2) The Governor immediately shall deliver the signed amended certificate of ascertainment to the secretary of state and a signed duplicate original of the amended certificate of ascertainment to all individuals entitled to receive this state's certificate of ascertainment, indicating that the amended certificate of ascertainment is to be substituted for the certificate of ascertainment previously submitted;
(3) The secretary of state shall prepare a certificate of vote. The electors on the final list shall sign the certificate. The secretary of state shall process and transmit the signed certificate with the amended certificate of ascertainment under 3 U.S.C. §§ 9, 10, and 11.
Section 9. That a NEW SECTION be added:
12-24A-9. Uniformity of application and construction.
In applying and construing this uniform act, consideration must be given to the need to promote uniformity of the law with respect to its subject matter among states that enact it.
Section 10. That § 12-24-1 be AMENDED.
12-24-1. Elector's notice to Governor of readiness to perform duties--Certificate of names presented to electors.
Each elector of President and
vice president of the United States shall, before
hour of eleven o'clock in the morning noon
of the day
fixed by the act of Congress to elect a President and vice president,
give notice to the Governor that he is at the seat of government and
ready at the proper time to perform the duties of an elector; and the
Governor shall forthwith deliver to the electors present a
certificate of all the names of the electors.
Section 11. That § 12-24-2 be AMENDED.
12-24-2. Replacement of elector failing to appear.
If any elector named in the
Governor's certificate fails to appear before
o'clock in the morning noon
of the day of
election of President and vice president as aforesaid, the electors
there present shall immediately
proceed to elect by ballot, in the presence of the Governor, a person
as provided under § 12-24A-6.
If more than one person voted for to fill such vacancy shall have the
highest and an equal number of votes, the Governor, in the presence
of the electors attending, shall decide by lot which of such persons
shall be elected.
Section 12. That § 12-24-3 be REPEALED.
12-24-3. Notice to and powers of elector chosen to fill vacancy.
Catchlines are not law. (§ 2-16-13.1) Underscores indicate new language.
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