VI. Legislative Updates
Federal Legislation: Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan) has introduced the Safeguarding Election Infrastructure Act which requires voting machines funded with HAVA money print a paper receipt.
Maine: Gov. Paul LePage (R) allowed a bill to delay the implementation of voter-approved ranked choice voting to become law by not signing it. “I encourage the people who want to have a people’s veto to bring it in. The Supreme Court has already said it is unconstitutional, so let the courts decide,” he said according to the Bangor Daily News. On Monday, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap approved petitions for the people’s veto. Those spearheading the veto have 90 days to collect 61,123 valid signatures.
New York: The Young Voter Act would allow 17-year-olds to cast a ballot in state and local elections. The legislation would also require that all students in public high schools receive at least eight hours of formal civics education and that schools provide voter registration forms to students when they turn 17.
South Dakota: Supporters of a ballot measure that would allow South Dakota counties to switch to elections conducted entirely by mail ballot have turned in nearly 20,000 signatures to put it before voters in 2018. The measure needs 14,000 signatures and the secretary of state’s office will conduct a random sampling for validity.
Wyoming: The Cody Enterprise has a fascinating story about the County Clerks Association of Wyoming (CCAW) attempt to push legislators to consider introducing and approving a bill that would allow counties to move to vote-by-mail. According to the paper, in 2016, approached the Legislature’s Joint Corporations, Elections and Public Subdivisions Committee on at least three occasions seeking to explore moving to a vote-by-mail/vote center model. Those opposing the move cited concerns about fraud or making it “too easy” for people to vote.