IV. Legislative Updates
Illinois: By a 42-16 vote, the Senate has approved legislation that could make Illinois the sixth state to adopt automatic voter registration. The bill now goes to the House for consideration.
Minnesota: Gov. Mark Dayton has signed legislation into law that will move Minnesota to a presidential primary system beginning in 2020.
New Jersey: Bill A-3591 that would allow 17-year-olds who turn 18 by the general election vote in the primary has been approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
Ohio: By a 90-2 vote, the Ohio House has finally approved online voter registration. The vote capped years of back-and-forth and will become law in 2017, something that disappointed Secretary of State Jon Husted. “There are absolutely no good reasons why this should be delayed until 2017 from an administrative point of view,” Husted said.
Also in Ohio, the Senate is fast-tracking legislation that would require petitioners to put up bond money if they seek to keep the polls open later than the designated closing time.