III. Legislative Update
Delaware: The Senate failed to cast a final ballot on the pending same-day voter registration legislation before the 147th General Assembly session came to an end this week. In April, the House approved the legislation, but it never came before the full Senate for a vote. It will have to be reintroduced in January.
Hawaii: Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the Aloha State’s same-day voter registration legislation into law this week. Beginning in 2016 voters will be able to register and vote during early voting and beginning in 2018 voters will be able to register and vote on actual election day.
New York: Last week, the Legislature approved a bill that would allow village, school board, library and special election districts to continue using the state’s beloved lever-voting machines through 2015. The legislation also requires the state board of elections to review how these local elections might be conducted beginning in 2016.