III. Legislative Updates
Arkansas: Benton County is one step closer to moving to a vote center system. This week the Legislative Committee voted to send a proposal for vote centers to the Committee of the Whole for discussion and possible vote.
Florida: Under SB 736 and HB 523 county elections supervisors would be required to give the Florida Department of State bi-annual lists of purged voters. Under the bill, purged voters would be listed by political party.
Michigan: Legislation to allow for no-excuse absentee voting seems stalled in the Legislature. A hearing was held last month, but there has been no movement since.
Legislation to eliminate straight-ticket voting has been approved by the Senate and now moves to the House.
New Jersey: Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed the Democracy Act which would have expanded early voting and created automatic voter registration among other things. In vetoing the bill, Christie called it “political gamesmanship” by the state’s Democrats. Democrats have vowed to wipe out the veto.
Wisconsin: In a session that lasted into the early morning hours on Saturday, the Senate approved legislation that will dissolve the state’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Board. The Senate approved the legislation 18-14. The bill now goes back to the Assembly for final passage.