WASHINGTON - This past fall, citizens in Florida votedto give most former felons the right to vote and in doing so they may have fundamentally altered the electoral math in the nation's swingiest perpetual swing state - or … maybe not. In 2018, 65 percent of Florida's voters approved an amendment to the state's constitution that would automatically "restore the right to vote for people with prior felony convictions, except those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, upon completion of their sentences, including prison, parole, and probation." The change brought Florida in line with most other states, where such restorations are commonplace, but it also dramatically changed the potential voter pool in the state. By some estimates, the change could add as many as 1.4 million new voters to the rolls in Florida. And an analysis by two newspapers in the state showed those new voters could have a specific partisan lean. The Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald looked at the most … [Read more...] about Vote registration slow for Florida ex-felons
BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana officials say they have nailed down the voting registration method they'll use for convicted felons whose rights will be restored under a law effective March 1. Some lawmakers Friday said the multiple-step process for the estimated 36,000 felons is too complicated. They also want more outreach to announce the voting rights restoration. Lawmakers voted last year to allow people on probation or parole for a felony to register to vote if they haven't been in prison for five years. Under plans devised by elections and corrections officials, felons will have to get a form from their probation or parole officers and bring that to their local registrar of voters office. New Orleans Democratic Rep. Gary Carter suggested automating registration. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said that requires law changes. … [Read more...] about Lawmakers question multistep voting registration for felons
By Annie Sciacca | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: October 24, 2018 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: October 24, 2018 at 7:00 am If you didn’t register to vote by Oct. 22, you missed the deadline to vote in California at your regular polling place — but you have a second chance. California residents who did not register or update their voter registration information can go to their county elections office or a designated vote center to register and vote “conditionally.” That means their ballots will be processed once the county elections office completes voter registration verification process, according to the office of the California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla. The conditional voter registration process is Oct. 23 through Election Day, which is Nov. 6. “We want make sure that everybody who is eligible to register to vote has ample opportunity to cast their ballot,” Joe Canciamilla, the Contra Costa … [Read more...] about Missed the voting registration deadline? Here’s your second chance
POLITICS 10/09/2018 05:30 pm ET The nonprofit told him that “claiming our graphic for partisan hackery when you support voter suppression & the disenfranchisement of millions is gross.” By David Moye A nonprofit dedicated to registering young voters is accusing Eric Trump of stealing its intellectual property. The president’s son posted a graphic Tuesday on Twitter that showed the final dates to register for the Nov. 6 elections in each state. Friends, today is the LAST day to register to vote in in the following states! https://t.co/27k5n882TU #MakeAmericaGreatAgain 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/HNdZ6NuwoB— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) October 9, 2018 If the map looks familiar to you, you’re not alone. It was included in a tweet Monday from the Rock the Vote Action Fund, an organization that wants to build the political power of young progressives. Naturally, the organization wasn’t happy … [Read more...] about Rock The Vote Accuses Eric Trump Of Stealing Its Voting Registration Graphic
POLITICS 09/11/2018 04:44 pm ET The state is seen as one of the most progressive in the country, but lawmakers have been unable to change archaic laws that make it more difficult to vote. By Sam Levine New York residents who go to the polls on Thursday will do so despite a number of obstacles, imposed by the state, that make it harder for people to vote. The lack of easy ballot access has essentially created a system of suppression in what’s considered one of the bluest states in the country. Thursday is the second primary election day New Yorkers have had this year. In June, they voted in primaries for federal contests. This week, they’re having their say in the races for governor and other state officials. Most states put all of their elections on one day. New York’s confusing primary system is part of a larger set of voting laws and procedure critics say are among the worst in the country and that state lawmakers could easily fix, but … [Read more...] about New York Is One Of The Bluest States In The Country. Its Voting Laws Are Horrendous.