MULTIPLE STATES’ VOTING BILLS
April 2, 2013
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As the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, there are state legislatures addressing related issues, such as Election Day registration, early voting and photo ID requirements. Here are a few of these states and their legislative measures:
- Arkansas: SB 2 would require voters to show photo ID when they go to the polls. After contentious debate and some procedural maneuvering, the bill just passed the House and the Senate.
- Hawaii: HB 511, introduced to address Hawaii’s very low voter turnout rate, would establish Election Day registration.
- Maine: LD 156 would trigger a statewide referendum to change language in the state constitution to allow early voting, either into a ballot box or a voting machine outside of their precincts, rather than by an absentee ballot that is sealed until Election Day.
- Virginia: SB 1256 would require voters to show photo ID at the polls, eliminating all forms of identification that do not contain a photograph from the list of forms of ID, including U.S. passport and a student ID with a photograph.