Bill Description: House Bill 659 would make the State Board of Health and Welfare’s list of deceased Idahoans public so it can be checked against the voter rolls.
Does it in any way restrict public access to information related to government activity or otherwise compromise government transparency or accountability? Conversely, does it increase public access to information related to government activity or increase government transparency or accountability?
Under current law, a candidate or other interested party has no way of verifying which registered voters have died.
House Bill 659 would amend sections 34-433 and 34-434, Idaho Code to make the list of Idahoans who have died a "nonexempt public record." The State Board of Health and Welfare compiles this list for the Secretary of State and updates it monthly.
This change would increase government transparency and could improve the accuracy and integrity of Idaho's voter rolls.