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 IV. Legislative Updates

Idaho: Rep. John Gannon (D-Boise) has introduced a measure that will allow registered voters to keep some of their information private. The measure would allow anyone to opt of revealing most of their data, making only their name and voting precinct available to the public.

Maryland: The city of College Park has postponed a vote on whether or not to allow noncitizens to vote in local elections. The city council is now debating whether or not to hold a referendum and allow voters to make the decision.

Texas: This week the House, during special session, has given tentative approval to Senate Bill 5 that would widen the definition of mail-in voter fraud and increase penalties for those who commit it. However, in their move to pass the Senate Bill 5, they also approved an amendment to repeal a law that was approved just this spring during the regular session that would make it easier for senior citizens in nursing homes to vote. According to the Texas Tribune, it’s unclear why the amendment was added, but some speculated it was a way to seek bipartisan support for the mail ballot fraud bill.