A petition in Missouri to create one of the most expansive early voting periods in the country will not appear on the November ballot. The citizen petition, which would have established a no-excuse early voting period of 42 days including weekend voting, failed to receive enough verified signatures to appear on the ballot this fall.
The Virginia State Board of Elections (SBE) will meet this Wednesday to finally determine what will constitute a “valid” photo ID for voting purposes this November. Nonprofit civic engagement organizations across Virginia have already begun education campaigns to prepare voters for the change that was passed in 2013.
After nearly three long years of litigation, Wisconsin’s voter ID law remains in limbo.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that the contentious voter ID law supported by Gov. Walker was constitutionally sound. Even so, the law remains blocked by a federal district court decision that came to the exact opposite conclusion nearly four months ago.
A Florida circuit court judge ruled last Friday in Romo v. Detzner that two of the Sunshine State’s congressional districts violated the “Fair District” amendment to the Florida constitution. The court found that unfair political gerrymandering in favor of the Republican Party made the redistricting plan invalid.
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Though Massachusetts has historically been ahead of the curve on many issues, our election laws are far behind most other states, in fact, Rock the Vote ranked us 42nd in the nation in 2012. Fortunately, the Massachusetts House and Senate have now both passed legislation to update our voting laws. This is a major victory but it’s not law yet. The two pieces of legislation now head to conference where both houses will hash out what the final piece of legislation will look like before it heads to the Governor’s desk.
Last week, the Wisconsin State Senate approved a bill that would bar early voting on weekends and cap total early voting per week at 45 hours. If this bill is passed and signed, early voting in clerks’ offices will only take place on weekdays between 8 a.m.