VI. Legislative Updates
California: A bill pending in the General Assembly would allow Shasta County to join a growing list of California counties that conduct their elections exclusively by mail.
Also in California, the San Diego City Council has voted against a proposal to post the text of two citizen initiatives online instead of in a ballot pamphlet that will be mailed to all voters. Voters will all received two pamphlets, each more than 100 pages long. Printing the supplemental pamphlets could cost between $800,000 and $1 million, City Clerk Elizabeth Maland told KPBS. The vote to skip printing the full ballot language for the two initiatives failed on a 4 to 2 vote.
Illinois: Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has signed legislation into law that will allow 17-year-olds who turn 18 by the time of the general election to vote in primaries.
Nevada: An initiative has been filed with the secretary of state’s office that if successful would require the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to automatically register voters when they apply for or renew a license. The measure will not appear on the 2016 ballot. The initiative language would have Nevada’s law mirror that of Oregon.
Oregon: A group supporting ranked choice voting in Benton County submitted enough signatures to the measure on the ballot this November. The Better Ballots for Benton County turned in more than 4,500 signatures, which is about 1,700 more than needed.
Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania lawmakers held a rare summer session this week to discuss updating the commonwealth’s guidelines on voting machine technology.
Utah: The Alliance for a Better Utah is calling on lawmakers to change the state’s vote-by-mail election law after 64 ballots that were postmarked on primary day were discounted. Current law requires the ballots to be marked a day before the election, but in rural areas of the state, ballots that may be dropped off the day before the election, aren’t postmarked till the next day when they are shipped to Salt Lake City.