IV. Legislative Updates
Alaska: The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) has approved a resolution of support for the PFD voter registration ballot initiative. The resolution was approved unanimously. “We want to thank Lieutenant Governor Mallott for making a modern, accessible elections system in Alaska one of his top priorities,” Kim Reitmeier, Co-Chair of PFD Voter Registration told the Alaska Native News. “This initiative was a direct outgrowth of the recommendations made by the Lieutenant Governor’s Elections Reform Working Group.”
Arizona: Earlier this year, the Arizona Legislature approved a bill — now a law — that allows voters to feel free to take those ballot selfies and post them on whatever form of social media they chose. Previously, the law made showing your ballot a Class 2 Misdemeanor. Now, it’s legal, but voters still can’t photograph and show the ballots of other voters.
Florida: SB 666 (seriously), submitted by Sen. John Legg would add veterans’ health ID cards and concealed weapon licenses to the list of acceptable forms of identification at a polling place or early voting site. According to FloridaPolitics.com, Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley said the legislation was introduced at the request of local elections administrators who heard from voters throughout the state wanting these IDs included.
Wisconsin: At press time, the status of legislation to dismantle the state’s Government Accountability Board was in question after the Senate cancelled a planned session to discuss the legislation. The special session of the Assembly ends this week.