VI. Legislative Updates
Federal Legislation: To commemorate the 51st anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Congresswoman Eleanor Holms Norton (D-D.C.) said she plans to introduce a resolution calling on the House of Representatives to make restoring the preclearance provisions of the VRA a top priority.
California: A bill that will reinstate the voting rights of some felons serving time in county jails is headed to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown (D). According to Democrat Shirley N. Weber, who introduced the bill, it will standardize and clarify practices throughout the state to ensure that felons under the formal jurisdiction of county jails and probation departments are still able to vote.
Illinois: Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has vetoed legislation that would have made Illinois the sixth state to approve automatic voter registration. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rauner said he wanted to continue negotiations with supporters to work on issues like potential voter fraud and conflicts with federal law.