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Section 17-4-38

Dissemination of information on voter registration.

(a) The Secretary of State shall ensure that all applicants obtain requested voter lists in a timely manner. Methods shall be established for the transmission of tapes, discs, or lists to any applicant. Hindrances shall not be created or devised to delay transmission of tapes, discs, or lists to any applicant.

(b) Except as provided in this section, there shall be a uniform charge for the production of voter lists. The reproduction costs of the basic electronic copy of the statewide file shall be reasonable as determined by the Secretary of State and a fee schedule shall be conspicuously posted in the office of the Secretary of State. Costs of printed copies of lists are as otherwise provided by law.

(c) Access to the lists and voter history information contained on the central computer in the office of the Secretary of State is accessible to anyone making application, except Social Security numbers which are not to be released.

(d) Proceeds from the sale of tapes, discs, lists, labels, or other materials from the Secretary of State shall be retained by the Secretary of State for use in voter registration.

(e) The Secretary of State shall provide, without charge, each legislator one copy of the voter list in his or her district within 90 days of his or her assuming office.

(f) Upon application and without charge, the Administrative Office of Courts shall be provided with an electronic copy of the statewide voter list no more than once a year for its use in the production of a master jury list or for any other lawful purpose.

(g) Upon application and without charge, the chief elections officer of any other state shall be provided with an electronic copy of the statewide voter list no more than once a year for any lawful purpose, on the condition that the chief elections officer of the requesting state agrees to reciprocate and provide a copy of the statewide voter list of that state to the chief elections officer of this state upon request and without charge, to be used for any lawful purpose. The Secretary of State may enter into an agreement with any other state, at any time, regarding the exchange of statewide voter lists.

(h) Resale of any portion of the list by the Administrative Office of Courts, or the office of the chief elections officer of any other state, shall be strictly prohibited.

(Acts 1994, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 94-826, p. 158, §5; Act 2003-313, p. 733, §2; §17-4-252; amended and renumbered by Act 2006-570, p. 1331, §20; Act 2009-726, p. 2175, §1; Act 2015-290, §1; Act 2015-459, §1.)
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