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electionlineWeekly — January 5, 2017

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 IV. Legislative Updates

Florida: State Sen. Frank Artiles has introduced a bill (SB 224) that would make it a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by 1 year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine if a voter takes a ballot selfie.

Georgia: Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta) has pre-filed HB 22 which would allow voters to cast ballots in any precinct in their home county on Election Day.

North Dakota: Secretary of State Al Jaeger is asking the state Legislature for the funds to purchase new voting equipment for the state as well as e-pollbooks. He has asked for a $9 million appropriation. The state’s voting system is about 13 years old. "Even at that time, though the equipment came in fancy new boxes, the technology was already aged," Jaeger told Prairie Public Radio. "We're now at a point where the voting system is not being supported any more."

Virginia: Del. Greg Habeed is proposing legislation that would automatically restore the voting rights non-violent ex-offenders. "It's streamlining the process for those people who deserve streamlining," Habeeb told WBDJ. "It's putting some more rigor in place where we think that is important, more accountability and it's also addressing all rights, not just political rights, but constitutional rights specifically the second amendment rights."

Wyoming: Rep. Dan Zwonitzer (R-Cheyenne) has introduced House Bill 68 that would give county clerks additional time to count mail-in absentee ballots. HB68 would allow county clerks to accept and count the ballots until the canvassing board certifies the election as long as the ballots are postmarked on Election Day. Currently all ballots must be in the clerk’s office by the time polls close.