Colorado has taken major step to improve voters’ rights while simplifying, modernizing and making the state’s election system more fiscally responsible. With Governor Hickenlooper’s signing of the Voter Access and Elections Modernization Act, HB1303, Colorado has become the most recent example for what states should be doing to improve elections.
A recent report from MontPIRG shows why Election Day registration, allowing citizens to register and vote on the same day instead of requiring a two-step process, is important to advancing voters’ rights. Using the University of Montana as a case study, the report demonstrates extensive use of Election Day registration among students and faculty.
Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board (G.A.B), the nonpartisan state government agency that administers the state’s elections, has released a report detailing the cost to taxpayers that would result from eliminating Election Day registration (E.D.R.) in the state. E.D.R. allows eligible individuals with proof of residence to register to vote at their polling place on Election Day.
The Connecticut House of Representatives passed a bill this week that would allow eligible residents to register to vote on Election Day and would create an online voter registration system. Gov. Dan Malloy issued the following comments: “Passage of this legislation demonstrates Connecticut’s commitment to fair, accessible elections, and I applaud the House for their action on this bill.
Many state legislatures are winding down but several are still looking at bills that would change voting laws – both for better and worse – that will have an impact on voter’s ability to cast a ballot. Here’s a rundown of what we could see this week.