Every week, State of Elections brings you the latest news in election law.
– The Indiana Supreme Court heard oral arguments today regarding that state’s 2005 law requiring a photo ID at the polls.
– An Idaho bill to require a photo ID at the polls has passed that state’s House.
– Over 31,000 Californians have applied to be members of that state’s Citizen Redistricting Commission. In 2008, California voted to transfer the responsibility of redistricting from the legislature to a citizen’s committee. This Citizen’s Committee is unique among the states and the upcoming redistricting session will be its first test.
– A Virginia bill that would have created a bipartisan panel to prepare redistricting plans for the legislature has been shot down in a house subcommittee. The bill was proposed by Creigh Deeds, former candidate for Virginia governor, and passed unanimously in the state senate.
– The Justice Department is investigating the merger between voting machine manufacturers Diebold and Election Systems and Software.