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AN ACT IN THE COUNCIL
OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act
may be cited as the "Youth Pollworker Emergency Amendment Act of
BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Youth Pollworker Emergency Amendment Act of 2002".
Sec. 2. Section 5(e) of the District of Columbia Election Code of 1955, approved August 12, 1955 (69 Stat. 700; D.C. Official Code § 1-1001.05(e)), is amended by adding a new paragraph (4) to read as follows:
Sec. 3. Fiscal impact statement. This legislation will not have a fiscal impact. This legislation helps the Board fill pollworker positions that are funded but have gone unfilled in prior election cycles. The legislation does not create any mandate for the Board to hire additional pollworkers or spend additional funds. This measure clarifies the existing statutory language regarding pollworkers and allows District youth between the ages of 16 and 18 to serve as pollworkers.
For example, the Board recruited 1,622 pollworkers for the November 7, 2000, General Election. These positions were funded in its budget, however, only 1,402 persons reported to work on election day. The legislation provides the Board with another source of pollworkers so that the Board can fill more or all of its funded positions. As a result, the legislation will not have any adverse fiscal impact on the Board or on the District of Columbia government.
In addition, the legislation positions the District for a potentially positive fiscal impact. H.R. 3295, was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on December 12, 2001. This measure is now being considered by the U.S. Senate and would authorize $55 million in FY 2002, and such sums as may be necessary in subsequent years, to fund a new Help America Vote Foundation that would provide grants to election agencies for secondary school students to serve as non-partisan poll workers or assistants. Enactment of this legislation would enable the Board to apply for grant funds from the Help America Vote Foundation if the federal legislation is also enacted.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)).
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