IV. Legislative Updates
Federal Legislation: Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Georgia) has introduced two bills that would help secure the nation’s voting system. The Election Infrastructure and Security Promotion Act of 2016 would require the Dept. of Homeland Security to designate voting systems as critical infrastructure. The Election Integrity Act would require all new voting systems to include a paper trail.
Florida: Supporters of an effort to restore the voting rights to ex-felons gathered almost 71,000 signatures from registered voters to force the issue onto the ballot. The amendment would allow most convicted felons to have their voting rights automatically restored after they have completed their prison sentences and probation. Felons convicted of murder or a sexual offense would not be eligible.
Michigan: Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) is urging the legislature to formally undo its ban of on straight-ticket-voting.
New Jersey: Democrats put off an attempt to override Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) veto of automatic voter registration legislation when it was discovered that there weren’t enough supportive legislators in the Assembly on the day of the planned vote. Assemblyman Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) said the effort will be revisited at a later date.