Lawmakers Look to Take Down Barriers to Voting

(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)

With the long lines on Election Day still somewhat fresh in the minds of voters, and as the year kicks off with efforts to rig the electoral vote and lessen the impact of the votes of historically disenfranchised communities, lawmakers in some states are introducing proposals to expand and protect the vote:

Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner proposed a package of election reform legislation to protect and expand early voting hours and reduce long lines at polling places. [Columbus Dispatch]

Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to reverse his own policy and restore early voting days to "restore Floridians' confidence in our election system." [Miami Herald]

A South Carolina House committee advanced a bill that would allow a week of early voting, but end in-person absentee voting that is currently available for a month in advance of Election Day. [AP]

Many states have either enacted or are considering online voter registration. [Washington Times]

A voter ID bill in Montana was defeated after seeing bipartisan opposition. [Huffington Post]

How Minnesota defeated Voter ID. [The American Prospect]

Some lawmakers in Montana want to repeal election day registration, however. [Missoulian]

An election day registration bill was introduced in Vermont by State Rep. Suzi Wizowaty. [Vermont Legislature]

Why we should enshrine the right to vote in the U.S. Constitution. [The American Prospect]


Read the full Dispatch from February 2, 2013 here.