WEST virginia Legislature
2017 regular session
House Bill 2364
By Delegates Hamilton, Ambler, A. Evans, Statler, R. Romine, Hicks, Rodigheiro, Hamrick, Eldridge, Lynch and frich
[Introduced February 13,
to the Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §3-9-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to prohibiting electioneering within or near early voting locations during early voting periods and making stylistic changes to outdated language.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §3-9-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 9. OFFENSES AND PENALTIES.
§3-9-9. Other unlawful acts at polling places; penalties.
No officer of election may
disclose to any person the name of any candidate for whom a voter has voted. No
officer of election may do any electioneering on election day. No person may do
any electioneering on election day within any polling place, or within three
hundred feet of the outside entrance to the building housing the polling place,
or do any electioneering in or within three hundred feet of any polling
place or other place where early voting may be conducted during the period in
which early voting is offered. No person may apply for or receive any
ballot in any polling place, other than that in which
he the person
is entitled to vote, nor may any person examine a ballot which any voter has
prepared for voting, or solicit the voter to show the same, nor ask, nor make
any arrangement, directly or indirectly, with any voter, to vote an open
ballot. No person, except a commissioner of election, may receive from any
voter a ballot prepared by him or her for voting. No voter may receive a
ballot from any person other than one of the poll clerks; nor may any person
other than a poll clerk deliver a ballot to a commissioner of election to be
voted by such commissioner. No voter may deliver any ballot to a commissioner
of election to be voted, except the one he or she receives from the poll
clerk. No voter may place any mark upon his or her ballot, or suffer or
permit any other person to do so, by which it may be afterward identified as
the ballot voted by him or her. Whoever violates any provision of this
section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, on conviction thereof, shall be
fined not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, or confined in jail for not more
than one year, or both fined and confined.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to prohibit electioneering during early voting periods in and around early voting locations to the same extent as is currently prohibited at polling places on election day.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.