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 V. Legislative Updates

California: Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) plans to introduce legislation designed to protect the voting records of individuals. “With new technology advancements come new levels of fraud and abuse,” Waldron said. “My legislation will update process and protections for voters in the new digital age.”

Also in California, SB450, which would send a mail ballot to every registered voter was approved by the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee.

Delaware: A bill that eliminates the require for ex-felons to complete all the monetary requirements of their sentences before having their voting rights restored has been approved by the General Assembly. Under Senate Bill 242, once a felon has completed the other terms of their sentence, they may have their rights restored even if they have outstanding financial obligations.

Illinois: Under a law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) on June 30, Illinois will now be a part of ERIC. State Sen. Terry Link, who sponsored the bill, said the system will not only modernize the state’s voter registration system but allow it to keep better track of voter records and ensure the election system’s integrity. Illinois is the 19th state and the District of Columbia to join ERIC.

U.S. Virgin Islands: The Senate has approved legislation that would move the Virgin Islands to a unitary elections board. Under the approved legislation, there will be one, unified elections board with 14 members — seven from each district.