III. Legislative Updates
District of Columbia: The Council of the District of Columbia has voted — again — to move the District’s primary election. The new election date, effective in 2018 is the third Tuesday in June. In the past six years the primary election date has shifted from April to June to September and included a presidential preference primary in February 2008.
Florida: The 2017 legislative session ended without lawmakers approving about $75,000 so Florida could participate in ERIC. The bill was approved by the House with little opposition but died in the Senate. “It’s a shame, with all of the concern about the accuracy of the voter rolls,” Chris Chambless, supervisor of elections in Clay County and president of a statewide supervisors’ association told the Bradenton Herald.
New Hampshire: Following a partisan vote the House election law committee is sending Senate Bill 3 to the full House. The bill would tighten the requirements for people who register to vote within 30 days of an election.
New York: The Young Voter Act, sponsored by Assemblymember Robert Carroll (D-Park Slope-Windsor Terrace) and Sen. Brad Holyman (D-Manhattan) would mandate that high schools distribute voter registration forms to all students turning 17 in a calendar year.
Tennessee: An amendment to Senate Bill 0925 has stalled in the Legislature. The amendment would prohibit anyone who has been on the losing end of litigation with an election commission is not permitted to serve on that commission.
Texas: Senate Bill 2149 would create a process for collecting absentee ballots at nursing homes — essentially turning them into temporary polling places during early voting.
By a 20-10 vote the Senate has approved House Bill 25 that would eliminate straight-ticket voting in all elections in the Lone Star State.
Wisconsin: This week the Legislature’s budget committee approved funding for five of six staff for the Election Commission although Gov. Scott Walker (R) had recommended that all six positions be cut.