IV. Legislative Update
Federal: The Senate Rules Committee approved the Safeguarding Elections for our Nation’s Troops through Reforms and Improvements (SENTRI) Act. If approved, the legislation would require states to send absentee ballots 46 days before an election and require the Dept. of Defense to provide voter assistance to service members as a routine part of their annual training.
Delaware: The House approved legislation that would allow for same-day registration in the First State. The legislation was approved 24 to 15 and now heads to the Senate.
Illinois: An amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would ban voter suppression was approved 109-5 by the House this week. The measure now moves to the Senate.
Maine: House lawmakers rejected a bill that would have added the state to a growing list of states dumping the Electoral College and instead moving to a popular vote system.
Michigan: Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed into law legislation that will prohibit clerks from disclosing the last four digits of a voter’s social security number in FOIA requests. In addition, the legislation sets rules for petition circulators and clarifies rules for candidate filing.
Ohio: Under and amendment added to the budget (House bill 483) local governments that send out unsolicited absentee ballot applications would have had 10 percent of their state funding cut. Following pushback from a variety of sources, including Secretary of State Jon Husted, the amendment was pulled.