IV. Legislative Updates
Louisiana: Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed legislation into law that will allow college students with an ID issued by a state university or college to use that ID to vote.
New Jersey: Once again, legislation that would automatically register Garden State residents to vote is making its way through the General Assembly. The bill was approved by the Assembly in May and this week was approved by a Senate panel.
Ohio: Gov. John Kasich (R) has signed legislation into law that will allow voters to register online beginning in 2017. Currently voters may update their existing information online, but new voters cannot register. The legislation was championed by Secretary of State Jon Husted (R).
U.S. Virgin Islands: The Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would create a single elections board with 14 members—seven from each V.I. district. The bill would also increase the stipends that board of elections members receive.
In other elections news, the committee also approved a bill that would explicitly state that a voter must be domiciled in the USVI in order to register to vote there. According to the bill, a person can have only one domicile for voting purposes, and it is the place where a person habitually resides when not called elsewhere to work or for some temporary purpose.
Wisconsin: The Budget Committee approved spending $250,000 for a public education campaign on the state’s voter ID law. The money would pay for public service announcements on radio and television, web ads, online videos and even possibly ads at movie theatres, on buses and on social media. All materials will be in English and Spanish.