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 V. Legislative Updates

Federal Legislation: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) has introduced the Register America to Vote Act that would ensure every state develops and implements a secure process to automatically register eligible citizens to vote.

New York: The New York City Council is considering a bill that will make it easier for first-time voters to register online to vote. The bill would require the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) to create a secure website and mobile app for residents who want to register online.

Oklahoma: Sen. Rob Standridge says he plans to re-file legislation in the 2018 session that would require legislators to pay for special elections to replace them. “I think we need to be cognizant as legislators what we cost the public when we do that,” he told the Norman Transcript. “Somebody has to foot that bill. We just had another one of the House resign last week. That’s going to cost the taxpayers another $30,000 or so. If you’re in the House and you’ll just stay until Jan. 1, a special election doesn’t have to be called.”