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 IV. Legislation Updates

Connecticut: Rep. Ed Jutila, co-chair of the Government Administration and Elections committee said that the committee will look at the state’s registrar of voters system, but doubts it will take up any legislation regarding “vote shaming.”

Minnesota: Incoming members of the state’s Legislature are planning to push a proposal to move the state’s primary from August to June.

New York: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation into law that codifies the reporting requirement of the Mayor’s agency-based voter registration directive and requiring the Mayor’s office to submit a bi-annual report.

Pennsylvania: Legislators are considering several pieces of legislation to modernize the state’s voting system. One proposal would allow for online voter registration, another would allow for same-day registration and a final proposal would allow a 30-day early voting system.

Texas: State Rep. Poncho Nevarez has pre-filed three bills aimed at addressing the state’s voter ID law. The legislation all addresses the type of acceptable ID including any ID card issued by a state or federal agency, a Tribal ID card and allowing the elderly to use expired photo IDs.