SENATE BILL No. 33
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 20-30-5-4.
Synopsis: Voter education. Requires public and accredited nonpublic
high schools to provide: (1) a three hour session to grade 12 students
concerning voting; and (2) voter registration forms to graduating
students and to students who leave school without graduating and are
at least 18 years of age.
Effective: July 1, 2007.
January 8, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career
First Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2007)
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SENATE BILL No. 33
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 20-30-5-4; (07)IN0033.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 20-30-5-4, AS ADDED BY P.L.1-2005, SECTION
14, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1,
2007]: Sec. 4. (a) Each public school and nonpublic school shall
provide within the two (2) weeks preceding a general election for all
students in grades 6 through 12 five (5) full recitation periods of class
(1) the system of government in Indiana and in the United States;
(2) methods of voting;
(3) party structures;
(4) election laws; and
(5) the responsibilities of citizen participation in government and
(b) Each public and nonpublic high school, assisted by local
election officials, shall provide a single three (3) hour
comprehensive session to students in grade 12 concerning voting.
The session shall include at least the following elements:
(1) The importance of voting.
(2) Voter registration requirements and procedures, including
the opportunity to register for students who will be eligible to
vote at the next election.
(3) Methods of voting, including:
(A) an explanation and demonstration of the voting
method used in the county in which the high school is
(B) the use of absentee ballots.
(4) The sites of polling places in the county in which the high
school is located, and an explanation of how to determine
which polling place to use.
(c) Each public and nonpublic high school shall provide a voter
registration form to:
(1) a graduating senior at the same time the graduating
senior's diploma is awarded; and
(2) a student who leaves school without graduating if the
student is at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time the
student leaves school.
A student may not receive a high school diploma unless the
student has completed a two (2) semester course in American history.
If a public school superintendent violates this section, the
state superintendent shall receive and record reports of the violations.
The general assembly may examine these reports.