Every week, State of Elections brings you the latest news in state election law.
– ACORN, the controversial voter registration and activist group, is disbanding because of declining revenue.
– In the Arkansas Senate race, there’s some controversy over an obscure state law that prevents the use of professional or honorary titles on ballots. One Republican Senate candidate had hoped to put the title “Colonel” in front of his name on the ballot, but was refused by election officials. Nicknames, however, are perfectly legal. Just ask Harold Kimbrell, who will appear on the ballot as “Porky” Kimbrell.
– During last week’s election law Symposium at William & Mary, the panelists mentioned that census data can be skewed when large numbers of incarcerated felons are counted as “residents” of the state they are incarcerated in. Here a few editorials discussing that practice.
– More news on the California Redistricting Commission. Even though over 25,000 people filed the initial application to be on the Commission, less than 1,200 have completed the second step of the application process. For more general information on the Commission, see this post.
– Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has signed a law that should make absentee voting easier in that state. The law will require election officials to send a replacement ballot, or notify the voter that he should cast a new ballot, if an absentee voter’s ballot is rejected.
– After much debate, the Florida Senate has passed an electioneering bill. An alternate version of the bill was ruled unconstitutional for requiring all organizations to register with the state and comply with financial reporting requirements if they even mentioned a candidate or political issue. The new version of the bill would still require certain organizations to register, but not those that focused only on issues.