Every week, State of Elections brings you the latest news in state election law.
– A recently filed lawsuit in North Carolina seeks to challenge Section 5 of the Voter Rights Act. Section 5 requires that certain states and municipalities “preclear” changes to their voting laws with the Attorney General. Essentially, the Attorney General has a veto over any changes to voting laws in certain states, but not in others. This North Carolina lawsuit (LaRoque v. Holder) claims that Section 5 exceeds Congress’s authority under the Fifth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution.
– The iPad has already made its mark on the election law community. Project Vote, a voter registration and engagement organization, is teaming with Echo Interaction Group to develop a new voter registration application for the iPad. The application would allow users to instantly and accurately record, collect, and upload voter data to a secure server. Only four states currently allow online voter registration, but the organization is optimistic that more states will follow suit.
– California State Senator Leland Yee has introduced a bill that would permit same day registration in that state.
– The Ohio House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill that will allow overseas military forces to request absentee ballots electronically, instead of requiring the request be sent through regular mail.