IV. Legislative Update
District of Columbia: The Council of the District of Columbia voted to move the city’s primary from the first Tuesday in April—a switch to comply with the MOVE Act—to June in 2016, when it would be combined with the presidential primary and September in 2018.
Georgia: The Troup County Commission will consider this week whether or not to constrict the county’s board of elections and registration from the current seven appointed members to just three. If approved by the county commission, the measure would also have to be approved by the state legislature.
Kansas: The Kansas Legislature is considering moving local elections to November, but some of the state’s clerks are speaking out against the proposal. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew told the Ethics, Elections and Local Government Committee that the state should look at other alternatives to increase turnout — vote-by-mail — to increase turnout instead of moving the elections.
Michigan: A House committee has approved legislation that would eliminate the requirement that petition circulators be registered voters. The Elections and Ethics Committee voted 9-0 to move the legislation to the full House.
New York: Under a bill sponsored by Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) early voting would come to Gotham. Under the bill, the city would have to open at least 51 early voting sites beginning two Tuesdays before an election. The sites would be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends until the Friday before the election.
North Dakota: Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider is considering introducing legislation that would eliminate the state’s voter photo ID and instead revert to the old system that required a voter to swear under oath. Schneider he would also be open to introducing legislation that would allow voters to cast provisional ballots.