Republicans in the Ohio House have introduced new legislation to revise state election law. The bill would forbid ballot drop boxes from being stationed at any location other than a local elections office. It would also restrict the amount of time voters have to apply for a mail-in ballot and increase the number of ID forms required to apply for an absentee ballot. While the bill contains many restrictive provisions, it would also create an online application form for absentee ballots and broaden the
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill to automatically restore voting rights to anyone who has been released from prison. Gov. Cuomo’s office has been restoring voting rights to most of the state’s parolees through executive orders, but the passage of this bill will restore these rights to even more formerly incarcerated people and much more quickly. A contentious political primary in New York is scheduled for June 22nd and anyone released from prison before May 28th will have the opportunity
Texas GOP’s voting restrictions bill could be rewritten behind closed doors after final House passage
After accepting several amendments offered by the Democratic minority, Republicans of the Texas House have sent a controversial voting bill to a conference committee, where its final form will be decided. While a growing public outcry against the bill means certain provisions have been modified to make the legislation less restrictive, Republican control of the Texas government makes it likely that the final version of the bill will remain unacceptable to many voting rights advocates and Democrats. Additionally, the revision process in the conference
A call from Pennsylvanian Republicans for stricter voter ID requirements has been met with a swift rejection by the office of Democratic Governor Tom Wolf. Gov. Wolf has indicated a willingness to work with the Pennsylvania legislature’s Republican majority on a bipartisan overhaul of the state’s election laws, but any effort to tighten voter ID requirements appears to be a non-starter. Visit the Associated Press to learn more.Image Credit: Governor Tom Wolfe (CC BY 2.0) Voter Education Week Young adults will be the nation’s largest voting bloc in
The ambitious voting rights bill known as the For the People Act is being taken up by the Senate Rules Committee. Democrats, such as the bill’s lead sponsor Jeff Merkely (D-OR) and Rules Committee Chair Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), are planning to add a number of revisions to the bill. These changes are largely designed to ease administrative and logistical burdens the bill’s provisions may have on the states. Loosening the deadlines contained in the current version is a key feature of the new amendments.