V. Legislative Updates
Guam: The amended version of Bill 45-34, a measure from Sen. Joe San Agustin seeking to eliminate primary elections on Guam, was moved to the voting file during session this week. During debate, San Agustin emphasized the cost-saving goal of the bill.
Indiana: A General Assembly committee is recommending that the full Assembly consider legislation that would allow for election day registration and expanded voting by mail. According to the Indianapolis Star, Sen. Greg Walker (R-Columbus) is already drafting the legislation that will allow for no-excuse absentee voting.
Maine: During a special session, the Legislature voted to suspend implementation of the voter-approved ranked choice voting until December 2021. If a constitutional amendment to address legal concerns over ranked choice raised by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court has not been passed by the 2021 date, the law would be repealed.
North Carolina: This week both chambers of the Legislature voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper (D)’s veto of Senate Bill 656 that alters numerous state elections laws and cancels judicial primary elections in 2018.
North Dakota: The Fargo city commission is delaying a decision about whether or not to place election reform on the 2018 ballot. Instead, according to the West Fargo Pioneer, the commissioners approved proposal instructing its elections task force to hold at least one "public engagement" meeting to inform the public about its recommendations. Commissioners also approved a motion requiring the commission decide before the end of the year on whether to place any election reform proposals on the ballot.
Pennsylvania: The State Government Committee held a hearing this week on how to stop voter-registration glitches that have allowed about 500 non-citizens to vote in the commonwealth since 2000. According to WHYY, after dissolving into partisan shouting matches several times, lawmakers left the session saying they don’t agree on how to handle the situation — or even how serious it is.