Under new authority to prosecute election crimes, Kansas is prosecuting a man accused of voting in both Kansas and Colorado.
Congressman Ted Deutch encouraged the Florida Secretary of State to enroll Florida in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), which is a national database aimed at preventing duplicate voter registrations and vote fraud. ERIC members currently include 15 states and the District of Columbia.
Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney proposed online voter registration legislation. Denney makes the case for the legislation noting that “currently 30 states plus the District of Columbia are doing some form of online voter registration.”
On Feb. 10, 2016, the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee approved a voter ID bill. The bill is currently under consideration by the entire House of Delegates.
A lawsuit has been filed against the Election Assistance Commission and its Executive Director Brian Newby by a coalition of voting groups. The suit alleges that Newby impermissibly changed the instructions on the federal voter registration form to require proof of citizenship to complete a registration in Arizona, Georgia, and Kansas, in…
The Connecticut Secretary of State is recommending the legislature enact automatic voter registration. The recommended system would “enable people to automatically register as Connecticut voters when they do business with the Department of Motor Vehicles.”
A bipartisan committee with the support of Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann recently released a report recommending reforms to Mississippi’s election process for consideration by the legislature. The recommended reforms included online voter registration.
Senate Democrats in Missouri have threatened to filibuster a pair of voter ID measures passed by the House if the Senate considers them.
Washington and Illinois currently have automatic voter registration bills under consideration in the House/Senate. Links to the proposed legislation are below: Washington – (Full document) Illinois – (Full document)
On January 29, the Election Assistance Commission sent letters to the Georgia Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, and Kansas Election Director, Bryan Caskey, allowing them to require proof of citizenship with federal postcard voter registrations in an effort to comply with the laws in their respective states.