Florida made headlines this week as it continued its push against alleged non-citizen voters. As we mentioned in last week’s round-up, several counties in Florida are reviewing records on thousands of registered voters whom the state believes may not be citizens. While the state is still in the early stages of their investigation, already troubling behavior from officials is being reported.
In the arena of student voting, the Minnesota Public Interest Group proposed an idea this week which would allow students an excused absence on Election Day in order to vote. The proposal was put in the form of an amendment to current University of Minnesota policy and is now up for debate by the University Senate.
This week was full of great news for voting rights advocates. Voter suppression laws in both Missouri and Nebraska were dealt major blows.
In Missouri, where FELN worked with representatives from Advancement Project and the ACLU, a judge ruled in agreement with a complaint that declared the ballot language of the states’ proposed voter ID amendment confusing and misleading.
Student voting was a hot topic this week, one that we even covered in our own blog when we discussed how students at several Pennsylvania colleges will not be able to use their student ID to vote because it lacks an expiration date. In Tennessee, State Rep. Joe Pitts advocated to make student IDs acceptable under the state’s new voter ID law.