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Idaho Permanent Absentee Ballot Initiative (2012)

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The Idaho Permanent Absentee Ballot Initiative did not appear on the 2012 ballot as an initiated state statute in the state of Idaho.[1]

The initiative would have allowed Idaho voters to receive an absentee ballot for every state election. The measure was filed by Idaho Vote by Mail, Inc. in June 2009 and was approved for circulation by the Idaho Secretary of State. The deadline to collect the required 51,712 signatures was February 2011. However, when contacted, Idaho Vote by Mail, Inc. stated they did not have enough signatures collected. According to Idaho law, voters must request an absentee ballot for each election.[2]

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The full text of the initiative read as follows:[2]

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Idaho that Section 34-1002, Idaho Code, be, and the same hereby is amended by adding the following paragraph as the third paragraph of said Section:
Any registered elector may make written application to the county clerk for status as a permanent absentee voter. The county clerk shall notify each political subdivision of an elector's status as a permanent absentee voter pursuant to section 34-1408, Idaho Code. Each qualified registered permanent absentee voter shall automatically receive an absentee ballot for each election for which the elector is entitled to vote and need not submit a separate request for each election. Ballots received from permanent absentee voters shall be validated, processed and tabulated in the same manner as other absentee ballots. Status as a permanent absentee voter shall be terminated upon any of the following events: the written request of the voter; the death or disqualification of the voter; the cancellation of the voter's registration record; or the return of an ongoing absentee ballot as undeliverable.



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