CCS HCS SS SB 786, 2016 (New Section - as Truly Agreed)
115.642. 1. Any person may file a complaint with
the secretary of state stating the name of any person who has
violated any of the provisions of sections 115.629 to 115.646
and stating the facts of the alleged offense. Within thirty days
of receiving a complaint, the secretary of state shall notify
the person filing the complaint whether or not the secretary
has dismissed the complaint or will commence an investigation.
If reasonable grounds appear that the alleged offense was committed,
the secretary of state may issue a probable cause statement.
If the secretary of state issues a probable cause statement,
he or she may refer the offense to the appropriate prosecuting
2. Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 27.060, 56.060, or 56.430 to the contrary, when requested by the prosecuting attorney or circuit attorney, the secretary of state or his or her authorized representatives may aid any prosecuting attorney or circuit attorney in the commencement and prosecution of election offenses as provided in sections 115.629 to 115.646.
3. The secretary of state may investigate any suspected violation of any of the provisions of sections 115.629 to 115.646.