Since early bill filing began on Nov. 9, there have been approximately 100 election bills filed, and more are expected. The largest concentration of these bills focus on voter registration. However, some of the bills filed are in response to the mandamus lawsuits filed by the Office of the Attorney General in various courts to restrict the methods used by certain counties to conduct their elections.
The array of election bills address:
- Electronic voter registration,
- Election integrity,
- Improving the voter registration process when registering to vote while obtaining or renewing a driver’s license,
- Designating certain election days as state holidays,
- Length of early voting days,
- Changes to curbside voting,
- Reinstating straight-party voting,
- Voting by mail,
- Voting identification requirements,
- Polling locations,
- Repealing limitations and population brackets as to who can participate in countywide polling locations program,
- Training for election officials, and
TAC will continue to monitor all elections bills as they are filed and will keep you apprised as to their importance to counties and election officials. Also see our Legislative Bills by Office web page for bills important to each county office.
For more information, contact Nanette Forbes.