IV. Legislative Updates
Illinois: The DuPage County commission has agreed to put an advisory referendum question on the March 2018 ballot asking county voters whether or not they would like to see the county election commission disbanded and return the county to having a clerk’s office oversee elections.
Maryland: Del. Eric Luedkte and Sen. Will Smith plan to introduce the Secure and Accessible Registration Act (SARA) that would automatically register Maryland residents to vote whenever they have an interaction with a state agency capable of determining eligibility.
Del. Kirill Reznik plans to introduce legislation that would allow election day registration. Currently Marylanders may register and vote during early voting, but may not do so on Election Day.
New Hampshire: According to Seacoastonline, expect a voting rights fight when the Senate reconvenes in the New Year. The state Senate Election Law and Internal Affairs Committee approved an amendment to a retained bill, which passed the House of Representatives in the last session, and would tighten the legal definitions of “resident, inhabitant and residence or residency.” The move is expected to pit Senate Democrats who consider the bill an infringement on voting rights against Republicans who claim it eliminates the legal gray area surrounding domiciled citizens.
Wisconsin: Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow tribal IDs to be used to verify identity for voter registration.