Thursday, June 15, 2017

Electionline Weekly June 15, 2017

Legislative Updates

Federal Legislation: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) has introduced the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017 that would require States to Automatically Register Eligible Voters when they Interact with Certain State and Federal Agencies unless they Opt-Out.

California: A Bill has been introduced that would change the Rules Governing Recall Elections. Under the Proposal, people who Sign a Recall Petition would have 30 days to Rescind their Signatures after the Signatures have been Submitted to Election Officials. It would also give Lawmakers an additional 30 days to Consider Costs of a Recall.

Maryland: The College Park City Council has introduced a possible Amendment to the City’s Charter that would allow Non-Citizens who are Legal, Permanent Residents, to Vote in Local Elections.

Massachusetts: The Joint Committee on Elections Laws heard Testimony last week on Legislation that would allow for Automatic Voter Registration in the Commonwealth.

Amherst Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose has Submitted Legislation that would allow Non-Citizens to Vote in Town Elections. The Bill would only apply to Legal Permanent Residents and only to Amherst Elections.

New Jersey: The Assembly has Approved a Bill that would allow Voters to Take and Post on Social Media Ballot Selfies. The Senate has not taken action on the Bill yet.

Oregon: This Week the Oregon Legislature Approved a Bill allowing 16-year-olds to Pre-Register at the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) when getting their First License. Approximately 20,000 16-year-olds get their License each year.

Legal Updates

Louisiana: The Advancement Project Filed Notice with the Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal with their intention to Appeal a March Ruling that Rejected a Lawsuit seeking to Restore Voting Rights to People on Probation Parole for Felony Crimes.

Missouri: The American Civil Liberties Union and other Civil Rights Groups have Filed Suit in the Cole County Circuit Court seeking to Stop the Implementation of the State’s New Photo ID Law.

North Carolina: A Case has been Filed in the Middle District of North Carolina arguing that the State’s New Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement because it Discriminates against Unaffiliated Voters by denying an Unaffiliated Member on the State Board.

U.S. Virgin Islands: The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has Ruled that it’s up to the Virgin Islands Legislature to determine whether or not to Seat a Senator-Elect in a Contested Election.

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