Recounts and contests.

Authors: Senator R Michael Young

Digest

Requires that, after December 31, 2015, the words "absentee ballot" be printed in prominent type with uniform capital letters at the top of every absentee ballot prepared and printed by a county election board. Eliminates the requirement that the third member of a recount commission be a mechanic. Requires that all: (1) contracts or leases for the sale or lease of; or (2) service contracts for preelection and election day maintenance or support of; voting equipment, systems, or software entered into, amended, or renewed after December 31, 2015, must include a provision that requires the vendor or service provider of the voting equipment, systems, or software, in the event of a contest or recount of an election in which the vendor's or service provider's voting equipment, systems, or software is used, to provide to the recount commission a competent expert who is familiar with the voting equipment, systems, or software used in the election. Provides that multiple recount petitions, in order to be consolidated, must be filed not later than noon on the fourteenth day (in the case of petitions filed by candidates) or seventeenth day (in the case of petitions filed by county chairmen) after election day. (Under current law, the petitions must be filed not later than noon on the seventh day after election day.)