Alabama’s Governor has signed a bill that clarifies which felony convictions involve “crimes of moral turpitude” and thus result in loss of voting rights. There is disagreement over how many voters will have their rights restored as a result, but the law represents a huge step toward clarity and administrability for local election officials by reducing guesswork and discretion.
The Maine Supreme Court has ruled that a voter-approved initiative establishing ranked choice voting (RCV) for state elections violates the state Constitution. Now, the state is faced with what is likely to be a fierce fight over whether to remake or repeal the law. It’s a decision that’s bound to divide the Legislature – and one that could complicate planning for elections in 2018.
This week, my family will be celebrating my daughter’s graduation as part of Yale University’s Class of 2017. The blog will return Wednesday, May 24.
electionlineWeekly’s Mindy Moretti has a piece in this week’s newsletter about how Contra Costa County, CA is leveraging its online voter registration system to improve outreach to young voters.