IV. Legislative Updates
Federal Legislation: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) has introduced the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017 that would require states to automatically register eligible voters when they interact with certain state and federal agencies unless they opt-out.
California: A bill has been introduced that would change the rules governing recall elections. Under the proposal, people who sign a recall petition would have 30 days to rescind their signatures after the signatures have been submitted to election officials. It would also give lawmakers an additional 30 days to consider costs of a recall.
Maryland: The College Park city council has introduced a possible amendment to the city’s charter that would allow noncitizens who are legal, permanent residents to vote in local elections.
Massachusetts: The Joint Committee on Elections Laws heard testimony last week on legislation that would allow for automatic voter registration in the Commonwealth.
Also in the Commonwealth, Amherst Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose has submitted legislation that would allow noncitizens to vote in town elections. The bill would only apply to legal permanent residents and only to Amherst elections.
New Jersey: The Assembly has approved a bill that would allow voters to take and post on social media ballot selfies. The Senate has not taken action on the bill yet.
Oregon: This week the Oregon Legislature approved a bill allowing 16-year-olds to pre-register at the DMV when getting their first license. Approximately 20,000 16-year-olds get their license for each year.