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 IV. Legislative Updates

Illinois: Senate Bill 1479 has been approved by both chambers and is awaiting the governor’s signature. Under the legislation the grace period for voter registration and changes of address for eligible residents at nursing homes would be enhanced.

Maine: After state lawmakers were unable to agree on modifying or killing voter-approved ranked choice voting, the voting method will remain on the books for the time being.

New Mexico: The Santa Fe City Council will consider whether or not to rescind its decision to postpone trying to implement ranked choice voting. The issue will be revisited at the council’s meeting on July 26.

Rhode Island: This week, Rhode Island became the ninth state to legalize automatic voter registration. Gov. Gina M. Raimondo signed a bill into law that will automatically register voters doing business with the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles unless they decline.

Texas: Senate Bill 5, filed by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), would elevate the seriousness of some voter fraud crimes, raising them from Class B to Class A misdemeanors. A companion bill has been filed in the House during this special session.