IV. Legislative Updates
Florida: Sen. Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach) has filed a proposed constitutional amendment that would ultimately make the secretary of state a separate elected position. Similar legislation was approved by the Senate in 2017 but the House did not.
New Hampshire: Members of the House election law committee are considering expanding the definition of voter fraud as defined under Senate Bill 3. The expanded definitions would include people who give false information on their age and citizenship when registering to vote.
Tennessee: After receiving a report from Shelby County Elections Administrator Linda Phillips about how ranked choice voting would work in Memphis council races and how much it would cost, members of the city council are now considering undoing the 2008 city charter amendment approved by the voters that makes ranked choice possible. Ford said he will introduce a referendum ordinance at the Oct. 17 council session that would effectively repeal the move to RCV, if voters approve. The ordinance would take three readings, with the referendum placed on one of the regularly scheduled 2018 election ballots for city voters.