VI. Legislative Updates
Connecticut: By a 21-14 vote, the Senate has approved legislation that will include the Nutmeg State in the National Popular Vote compact.
Illinois: Lawmakers are considering House Bill 4557 that would require, rather than encourage, school districts to close schools or hold a teacher in-service day on election day if the schools serves as a polling place.
Louisiana: Former felons are one-step closer to regaining their voting rights in Louisiana. This week, by a 24-13 vote, the Senate approved legislation that would restore the voting rights to those who have been out of prison for five years. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk.
Maryland: Residents of College Park will no longer require an excuse to vote absentee after a bill sponsored by Sen. Will Smith (D-Montgomery) was signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan. The law, which takes effect June 1, prohibits municipalities from requiring an excuse to vote absentee.
Minnesota: It’s official. The St. Louis Park city council voted unanimously to move the city to a system of ranked choice voting.
New Hampshire: Gov. Chris Sununu (R) has asked the state’s Supreme Court to weigh in on the constitutionality of House Bill 1264, a bill that would merge the definitions of domicile and residency for purposes of registering to vote. The state’s executive council recently approved the request to move the questions to the Supreme Court.