The New Jersey state legislature recently introduced multiple versions of a bill called “The Democracy Act” that aims to bring sweeping reforms to numerous elements of the state’s voting and election laws. The first version of the bill (NJ A 4574) was introduced to the Assembly, referred to several committees, amended, and has not passed the Assembly yet. The second version of the bill (NJ A 4613) passed the State Assembly, moved on to the State Senate where it also passed, and is now headed to Governor Chris Christie’s desk where it will likely be vetoed. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, aims to make voting and registering to vote much easier, but also aims to deal with deceptive voting practices and voter fraud. Despite containing seemingly bipartisan provisions, the bill has been supported along partisan lines, gaining support amongst Democrats and opposition from Republicans.
Lawsuit by Arizona and Kansas to Force Changes in Federal Voter Registration Form Reaches the End of the Road
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the United States Supreme Court denied a Petition for Certiorari filed by Arizona and Kansas in Kobach v. U.S. Election Assistance Commission. By refusing to hear an appeal in the case, the Supreme Court leaves in effect the November 2014 decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals, which unanimously ruled that Arizona and Kansas cannot force the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to alter the federal voter registration form to require documentary proof of citizenship.
On Thursday I had the privilege of traveling to Roanoke, Va. to rally alongside hundreds of people in support of the Voting Rights Advancement Act. The Act, introduced in Congress on Wednesday by Senators Leahy, Durbin and Coons and Representatives Lewis, Sewell, Sanchez, and Chu, has a simple objective: restore the Voting Rights Act, the law that has guarded against discrimination at the polls for 50 years. It is hard to imagine such an objective could be controversial, yet for two years now Congress has refused to consider the issue.