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IV. Legislative Updates

Michigan: Following the elimination of straight-ticket voting, Democrats have introduced legislation that would flip the ballot, putting proposals at the top, then nonpartisan candidates, then partisan candidates and finally presidential candidates. According to the Detroit Free Press, the reasoning is that it would require voters to review the entire ballot before getting to the biggest race.

New Mexico: By a 7 to 1 vote, the Clovis City commission approved a voter ID requirement for all future municipal elections. The ordinance was approved by voters in March and originally introduced to the commission in early May. Acceptable forms of ID include government issued ID, state-issued ID card, insurance card, union card, professional association card ora voter ID card issued by the city clerk as long as they contain a photo.