V. Legislative Updates
Federal Legislations: By a 14-1 vote, the Senate Intelligence Committee moved a bill that would ensure the intelligence community is well-positioned to detect cyberattacks, strengthen information-sharing with states to protect voting systems and “send a message to Moscow that we will not accept their aggressive actions.”
Also on Capitol Hill, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia) has submitted an amendment to the Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act. If approved, the amendment would add cyberattacks on federal state and local elections to a policy that declares the US should “employ all instruments of national power, including the use of offensive cyber capabilities” to respond to such cyber threats.
California: Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has signed legislation into law that will require the state’s child welfare system to provide voter registration resources and paperwork to foster youth when they are processing into adulthood.
Also in California, Assembly Bill 765 would give city and town councils the option to hold off on special elections and move a ballot issue to the next regularly scheduled election. Municipalities could still hold a special election if the issue was time sensitive.
Delaware: Gov. John Carney (D) has signed a bill into law that will make it easier for residents from the First State to vote absentee. Under the new law, absentee requests will no longer have to be notarized.
Guam: Sen. Mary Torres (R-Santa Rita) has introduced a bill that, in an effort to save money, would move the primary to the first Saturday in August instead of the current day which is the third Saturday in August.
North Carolina: The Ward County commission voted this week to allow four precincts in the county to conduct their 2018 elections all by mail. Each of the four precincts has fewer than 300 voters.
Rhode Island: Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed automatic voter registration legislation into law. Rhode Island becomes the 9th state and the District of Columbia to automatically register residents to vote when conducting business with the Department of Motor Vehicles.