Senate Bill 1002 – Vote centers

Matt Tobeck 2020 Special Session Leave a Comment

BILL DESCRIPTION: Senate Bill 1002 would let counties create vote centers, at which people from more than one precinct may vote, and create procedures for conducting votes in these centers. The stated purpose is to give citizens alternative procedures for election day voting. RS28045 has a sunset date of December 31, 2020.


Does it violate the principle of equal protection under the law? Examples include laws which discriminate or differentiate based on age, gender, or religion or which apply laws, regulations, rules, or penalties differently based on such characteristics. Conversely, does it restore or protect the principle of equal protection under the law?

Senate Bill 1002 provides that any voting center established in a county must exist within 25 miles of every registered voter who is not located within a mail ballot precinct. But in giving counties the discretion in where to place vote centers, the bill opens the possibility of some voters gaining a greater advantage than others, based merely on where they live, work, or conduct their business. .