IV. Legislative Updates
Federal Legislation: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) has introduced an amendment to the Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriation Act that would prohibit fund from used by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
Alabama: Rep. Steve Clouse (R-Ozark) has pre-filed a bill for the 2018 legislative session that change how vacant senate seats are filled. Under the proposal, the governor would appoint an interim replacement and the special election would coincide with the next general election.
Idaho: The Bannock County commission unanimously voted to postpone a proposal to consolidate the county’s voting precincts until after the November election. The proposal would eliminate 24 of the county’s 58 voting precincts.
Illinois: Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has signed automatic voter registration legislation into law making Illinois the ninth state and the District of Columbia to offer AVR. The law takes effect immediately, but will be implemented in phases with most of the changes happening before the November 2018 election.
Indiana: A legislative committee held a hearing this week to debate the merits of automatic voter registration.
North Dakota: This week, the Government Administration Committee began examining the possibility of moving city and local elections from June to November.