V. Legislative Updates
Illinois: The Illinois Senate has unanimously approved legislation to dissolve the DuPage County election commission and turn all election-related duties over to the county clerk’s office. The House approved the measure last month. Gov. Rauner is expected to sign the bill which would take effect Jan. 1, 2019.
Iowa: A provision in a bill approved last week, and goes into effect immediately, will allow Iowa residents choosing to register and vote on the same day to provide electronic proof-of-residence. Secretary of State Paul Pate said the change would benefit college students and younger residents who often don’t have hard copies of proof-of-residence, but do have it available on a cell phone or other device.
Minnesota: The Wilkin County board of commissioners has approved a resolution allowing dozens of townships in the county, with populations of less than 400 registered voters, to begin conducting elections by mail immediately
New Hampshire: Although lawmakers had given tentative approval to Senate Bill 438 that would officially give the secretary of state the power to postpone elections due to bad weather conditions, a committee of conference recommended modified bill to the House which rejected it. The town moderators are opposed to the bill because they believe they should make the ultimate decision about canceling elections based on the conditions in their area.
New Mexico: By a 7-0 vote, the Las Cruces city council has voted to approve the first step in an election-consolidation measure. The measure will combine city elections with school and special-district elections.
Wyoming: The Wyoming Legislature is considering creating a voting machine trust fund so that there will always be money available for the repair and replacement of the state’s voting systems.