The Kansas Senate has approved a bill containing Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s proposal to require voters to show photo identification at the polls. The vote Wednesday was 36-3. The Senate version of the bill still includes Kobach’s proposal to require people registering to vote for the first time in Kansas to prove they’re citizens, but that would be delayed until 2013. Kobach and the House wanted that provision to take effect next year. The Senate’s version of the bill also omits proposals from Kobach to increase penalties for election crimes and to give the secretary of state’s office the authority to file and prosecute voter fraud cases in state courts. Read More
With Democrats invoking racist images of the nation’s past and accusing Republicans of trying to disenfranchise minorities and the poor, the Ohio House voted yesterday along party lines to impose a new requirement that voters show a photo ID at the polls. House Speaker William G. Batchelder, R-Medina, said he was “a little bit embarrassed by the floor debate,” which featured passionate speeches mixed with repeated mentions by Democrats of Jim Crow laws and how the bill represents a modern-day poll tax. Read More
Democrats in the usually congenial Texas House gave heated speeches Wednesday – sometimes with raised voices – against the Republicans’ voter ID bill, which they said discriminates against minorities. But after a long day and night of debate, Democrats just didn’t have to votes to significantly change or derail the measure. The bill passed 101-48. The Senate passed its version earlier in the legislative session. Both chambers were tasked by Gov. Rick Perry with making voter ID legislation a priority. The measure would require Texans to show a valid photo ID – such as a driver’s license or state-issued ID card, a military ID or a passport – to vote. The measure in the House is more stringent than the Senate version. Speaking against the bill, Rep. Rafael Anchía, D-Dallas , said there is “intentional disenfranchising of African Americans and Latinos” in the bill. Full Article
The Tucson City Council has given preliminary approval for future mail-in ballot elections. Before it’s finalized, the council plans to hold a public hearing. Forty-six percent of all registered voters signed up to receive their ballot by mail in 2011. In the 2009 city election and 2010 general election, about 65 percent of voters cast ballots by mail. Read More
Boulder Democratic Rep. Claire Levy’s House Bill 1219 got a unanimous vote of approval from members of the Colorado House’s State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, according to the House Democratic staff. “It’s essential that we bring uniformity to voting laws for military personnel and civilians abroad,” Levy said in a statement. Levy said her bill, co-sponsored by Colorado Springs Democratic Rep. Pete Lee, “will help clear up uncertainties in the law and help to more fully enfranchise U.S. voters who are abroad.” Read More
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