To amend, on an emergency basis, the District of Columbia Election Code of 1955 to allow registered voters who moved within the District of Columbia, but did not notify the District of Columbia Board of Elections of their change of address before the deadline, to vote at the precinct serving their current address.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Election Day Change of Address Emergency Amendment Act of 2016".
Sec. 2. The District of Columbia Election Code of 1955, approved August 12, 1955 (69 Stat. 699; D.C. Official Code § 1-1001.01 et seq.), is amended as follows:
Note § 1-1001.07
(a) Section 7 (D.C. Official Code § 1-1001.07(i)(4)) is amended as follows:
(1) Subparagraph (A) is amended by striking the phrase "at the polling place serving the former residence address, subject to the requirements of section 302 of the Help America Vote Act, approved October 29, 2002 (116 Stat. 1706; 42 U.S.C. § 15483)" and insert the phrase "at the polling place serving the current residence address" in its place.
(2) Subparagraph (C) is amended by striking the phrase "only within the polling place assigned by the Board before election day" and inserting the phrase "at the polling place serving the current residence address or at the accessible polling place assigned by the Board pursuant to section 9(b)(3)" in its place.
Note § 1-1001.09
(b) Section 9(b)(3) (D.C. Official Code § 1-1001.09(b)(3)) is amended by striking the phrase "Except pursuant to section 7(i)(4), no" and inserting the phrase "No" in its place.
Sec. 3. Fiscal impact statement.
The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement of the Budget Director as the fiscal impact statement required by section 4a of the General Legislative Procedures Act of 1975, approved October 16, 2006 (120 Stat. 2038; D.C. Official Code § 1-301.47a).
Sec. 4. Effective date.
This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), and shall remain in effect for no longer than 90 days, as provided for emergency acts of the Council of the District of Columbia in section 412(a) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 788; D.C. Official Code §1-204.12(a)).