V. Legislative Updates
Federal Legislation: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has reintroduced the Senate version of the Voter Empowerment Act. Eleven senators—all Democrats—signed onto the bill. The Voter Empowerment Act addresses the major delays and barriers that which from around the country experienced during the 2012 election cycle.
Missouri: By a 24-7 vote and citing recent problems with a House race in St. Louis, the Senate voted to overturn Gov. Jay Nixon’s (D) veto of voter ID legislation. The charge to overturn the veto was lead by Sen. Will Kraus (R-Lee’s Summit) who recently lost a primary bid to serve as secretary of state.
New Jersey: As electionlineWeekly goes to press, the New Jersey Assembly plans to challenge Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) of a bill that would have automatically registered residents to vote when conducting business with the state’s driver’s license division. According to New Jersey.com, the Assembly may have enough votes. There were 54 "yes" votes in the Assembly when it passed in June – the veto-proof majority necessary in the 80-seat house.