V. Legislative Updates
California: Legislation that would move California to all vote-by-mail and election day vote centers was approved by the General Assembly this week—on a party line vote—and moves now to the Senate for consideration. The legislation, supported by Secretary of State Alex Padilla faces an August 31 deadline to make it the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.
Colorado: Two initiatives that would move Colorado to a presidential primary process and create open primaries have cleared the necessary hurdles and will appear on the November ballot.
New Jersey: Gov. Chris Christie (R) has vetoed two elections-related pieces of legislation. Christie vetoed a bill that would have allowed voters to be automatically registered through the state’s DMV. The other piece of legislation would have allowed 17-year-olds to vote in primaries as long as they are 18 by the time of the general election. He called the 17-year-old legislation “legally questionable” and referred to the automatic voter registration legislation as the “Voter Fraud Enhancement and Permission Act.”
Ohio: Ohio Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) has introduced legislation that would allow the state to cancel unnecessary elections. “Our county boards of elections work hard to stretch every taxpayer dollar as far as it will go to ensure efficient, fair elections,” LaRose, told the Dayton Daily News. “Forcing them to hold uncontested primary elections is a clear waste of time and taxpayer resources.”