Every week, State of Elections brings you the latest news in state election law.
– Soon, even a candidate’s tweets will be governed by a legion of rules and regulations. The Maryland Board of Elections is attempting to devise rules for the use of social media by candidates.
– The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that would require potential voters to show proof of citizenship before registering. The state Attorney General believes that the law could potentially violate the federal Motor Voter Act.
– Congressman Michael Capuano has written an editorial for the Boston Herald about Citizens United and the proposed Shareholder Protection Act. For more about shareholder protection and Citizens United, see this post by William and Mary law professor William Van Alstyne.
– The recent British election and the swift transfer of power from Gordon Brown to David Cameron has some wondering how the U.S. could reduce the time between elections and inaugurations. See this article from Slate for a proposal for how such a reduction could be accomplished without a constitutional amendment.
– Pedro A. Cortés, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Commonwealth and the top election official in that state, has resigned. Cortés will be pursuing opportunities in the private sector, as vice president of a voting technology company.