New Alabama Law Clarifies “Crimes of Moral Turpitude”

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.

Maine Supreme Court Invalidates Ranked Choice Voting

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.