Pending Legislation

Federal

The DC FAIR Act would bring Congressional representation to the District of Columbia.

The Right to Vote Amendment would guarantee the right to vote to all U.S. citizens 18 and over.

Federal Election Integrity Act of 2005 would prohibit chief state election administration officials from actively participating in federal election campaigns.

The Count Every Vote Act of 2005 would introduce a variety of voting reforms and ensure standardization of voting systems.

The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2005 would improve the accuracy and accessibility of voting systems and mandate paper trails.

The Voting Opportunity and Technology Enhancement Rights Act of 2005would introduce regulations for new voting technologies and introduce several voting reforms.

The Election Weekend Act would move federal elections to the first consecutive Saturday and Sunday of November.

The Same Day Voter Registration Act of 2005 would require all states to allow for same day voter registration.

The Ex-Offenders Voting Rights Act of 2005 would allow former felons to vote if they're no longer incarcerated, on probation, or paroled.

The Civic Participation and Rehabilitation Act of 2005
would allow former felons to vote if they're no longer incarcerated.

California

Assembly Bill 158 would move the voter registration deadline to up to seven day before an election instead of the current 14 days.

Illinois

House Bill 715 would require every public institution of higherlearning to make voter registration materials available on the web and with course registration materials. This bill has passed both houses of the legislature and has been sent to the Governor.

Senate Bill 227 would allow 16 and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote.

Louisiana

House Bill 336 would allow no-excuse early voting.
This bill has passed both houses of the legislature and has been sent to the Governor.

Minnesota

Senate Bill 852 would require postsecondary institutions to submit student resident lists to election administrators for the purpose of verifying student addresses. It also expands the list of documents accepted as proof of residence at polling places.

New York

Assembly Bill 3480 would require the Departments of Motor Vehicles and Taxation and Finance to share data with the state Board of Elections to create a voter list.

Rhode Island

Senate Bill 719 would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to give a voter registration form to every person who applies for or renews a driver license or state identification card.

Texas

House Bill 2056 would require every high school to appoint deputy voter registrars to register students during their senior year.

 
Recent Articles
October 19th 2009
Mandatory Voting? Automatic Registration? How Un-American!
Huffington Post

President of Air America Media, Mark Green, explains why Instant Runoff Voting, Automatic Registration and Mandatory Voting are not only important but could lead to a more democratic society.

September 30th 2009
Can a 17-year-old register to vote? It depends
Ventura County Star

"Most Californians register to vote not because a political cause has touched their heart, but rather because they checked a box on a form at the Department of Motor Vehicles when they received or renewed their driverís license."

September 27th 2009
Giving teens a civic voice
The Fayetteville Observer

In January, North Carolina will become the third state to implement FairVote-endorsed youth preregistration.

September 8th 2009
Give voters final say on vacancies
Politico

The two legislators proposing a constitutional amendment mandating elections to fill Senate vacancies make their case in the pages of Politico.