Bill would tighten rules for challenging voters

Bill would tighten rules for challenging voters

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An Ogden lawmaker is proposing a bill that would establish a formal process for challenging voter eligibility.

Democratic Rep. Neil Hansen's House Bill 49 outlines the grounds on which a person's right to vote can be challenged. Hansen says the bill gives needed protections against unsubstantiated challenges.

State law allows residents to challenge another voter's eligibility, but Hansen's bill would require someone issuing a challenge to sign an affidavit confirming it under penalty of perjury. The challenger also would have to give his or her full name.

Hansen thinks the possibility of perjury will eliminate some frivolous and vindictive claims.

The bill will be debated on the House floor.


Information from: Standard-Examiner

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