III. Legislative Updates
Alaska: Advocates circulating petitions to support the PFD Voter Registration ballot initiative said this week that they are halfway to the goal of getting the initiative on the 2016 ballot. The group must submit 28,545 valid signatures to get on the ballot and at this point have more than 16,000 signatures.
Maine: The secretary of state’s office has certified an citizen-lead initiative to put ranked-choice voting before the voters in 2016. If approved by the voters, the new system would be in place by 2018.
Michigan: Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) has introduced a resolution calling the U.S. Congress to declare Election Day a national holiday. “I am trying to encourage people and get more people out to the polls,” Wittenberg said. “According to reports, the 2014 general election had the lowest turnout in 72 years. We have holidays that commemorate things from the past, and that is great, but voting and Election Day have a huge impact on our future, so that is important. A lot of people work multiple jobs and it is tough to get to the polls, so we want to make it easier.”
Utah: The Legislatures Government Operations Interim Committee has unanimously approved a bill that would require county clerks to provide daily updates on any votes they could between election night and official canvass, one to two weeks later.
Wisconsin: The General Assembly has approved legislation that would eliminate the state’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Board. The bill moves next to the desk of Gov. Scott Walker (R) who is expected to sign it.