Over the past few months, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has initiated a variety of electoral reforms in Minnesota. He has been in the news recently because of his work to implement online voter registration, bypassing the political gridlock of the state legislature. The system was used by nearly 1,500 people in its first month.
What started as a bill on electing school board members received an important amendment as it went through the Illinois Senate, transforming it into a major piece of positive election reform. HB2418 was approved by both chambers this week and has been sent to the governor for his signature.
It’s rare we get to write a blog headline as ridiculous as this, and we certainly wish this one was a joke, but unfortunately it’s all too true. Last month, Ohio election officials referred a group of absentee voters to the local prosecutor’s offices claiming they committed “voter fraud” by requesting an absentee ballot and then voting a provisional ballot in the same election.
Wisconsin seems to have dedicated this past month to limiting voting rights in the state. Last week, an omnibus bill was announced which would place numerous restrictions on Wisconsin voters. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has long been a proponent of such regulations as well as the state’s photo ID legislation. Following Vos’s lead, Rep.
On April 17, the Connecticut House of Representatives voted in favor of placing on the 2014 ballot a proposed constitutional amendment allowing early and no-excuse absentee voting. Currently, the state does not allow any voting before Election Day unless a person has an acceptable excuse and has applied for and submitted an absentee ballot. Acceptable excuses include illness, travel, disabilities, and religious beliefs that would prevent a voter from going to the polls.
With Election Day only five days away, it’s essential to know about all of your voting options. If you won’t be able to vote on Election Day, find out if there is still time to apply to vote by mail and to submit your completed ballot.
The Connecticut General Assembly is currently considering a series of reforms intended to make voter registration and voting itself easier and more accessible. Among the proposals, which are backed by Secretary of State Denise Merrill and Governor Dannel Malloy, is the plan to introduce so-called “no-excuse” absentee ballots.