Every week, State of Elections brings you the latest news in state election law.
– Implementation of the Tennessee Voter Confidence Act has been delayed until 2012. The Act, which would require paper ballots in all Tennessee elections, has been highly controversial and strongly opposed by Republicans in the legislature. Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey even declared that delaying the bill was his No. 1 priority. Bernie Ellis, a leading proponent of the Act, posted this editorial on State of Elections in December. For more background, check out this article by Drew Staniewski.
– A federal judge in Arizona appears ready to dramatically change that state’s system of funding elections. Under Arizona’s Clean Elections system, certain candidates receive government funding for their campaigns. The system is designed to allow less well-funded candidates to compete with more affluent opponents. Judge Roslyn Silver, however, has written a draft order that would strike down these matching funds as unconstitutional.
– Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna and Secretary of State Sam Reed have announced that they will appeal the 9th Circuit Court’s decision in Farrakhan v. Gregoire. The decision restored the voting rights of felons in Washington. For more of State of Election’s coverage of the debate over felon voting rights, go here and here.