§ 163-82.24. Statewide training and certification for election officials.
Overview of Statute
Section stipulates requirements of the training programs presented to the county board of elections.
(a) Training. – The State Board shall conduct training programs in election law and procedures. Every county elections director shall receive training conducted by the State Board at least as often as required in the following schedule:
(1) Once during each odd-numbered year before the municipal election held in the county;
(2) Once during each even-numbered year before the first partisan primary; and
(3) Once during each even-numbered year after the partisan primaries but before the general election.
Every member of a county board of elections shall receive training conducted by the State Board at least once during the six months after the member’s initial appointment and at least once again during the first two years of the member’s service. The State Board shall promulgate rules for the training of precinct officials, which shall be followed by the county boards of elections.
(b) Certification. – The State Board shall conduct a program for certification of election officials. The program shall include training in election law and procedures. Before issuing certification to an election official, the State Board shall administer an examination designed to determine the proficiency of the official in election law and procedures. The State Board shall set adequate standards for the passage of the examination.
(1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 762, s. 2; 1995, c. 243, s. 1; 2001-319, s. 2(a); 2017-6, s. 3; 2018-146, s. 3.1(a), (b).)
- Election Official
1. Definition for board
The term “board” means the State Board with respect to all candidates for State, legislative, and judicial offices and the county board of elections with respect to all candidates for county and municipal offices. The term means the State Board with respect to all statewide referenda and the county board of elections conducting all local referenda.
2. Definition for Board
Board. – Any State board, commission, council, committee, task force,
authority, or similar public body, however denominated, created by statute or
executive order, as determined and designated by the State Board, except for
those public bodies that have only advisory authority.
3. Definition for State
“State” means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.
4. Definition for election
The term “election” means any general or special election, a first or second primary, a run-off election, or an election to fill a vacancy. The term “election” shall not include any local or statewide referendum.
5. Definition for Election
“Election” means the event in which voters cast votes in ballot items concerning proposals or candidates for office in this State or the United States. The term includes primaries, general elections, referenda, and special elections.