– On June 8th, California voters will weigh in on two election reform measures, Propositions 14 and 15. Proposition 14 would create a single ballot for primary elections. The two candidates who received the most votes would face off in the general election, regardless of their party affiliation. Theoretically, this could result in a general election contest between two members of the same party. Prop 14 also allows candidates to choose to keep their party affiliation off the primary ballot.
Proposition 15, also known as the California Fair Elections Act, would repeal California’s ban on public funding for elections. Candidates for Secretary of State would be eligible to up to 1,000,000 dollars in public funding for primary elections, and 1,300,000 in public funding for the general election. Candidates who accepted the funds would be prohibited from raising or spending any money beyond what they receive from the public fund.
– On May 29th, Florida governor Charlie Crist signed a far-reaching elections bill. The bill will have a number of effects, including a requirement that any group engaging in political advertising disclose their source of funding. The bill will also make it easier for overseas and military voters to cast their ballots. Interestingly, HB 131 has been criticized by the ACLU for failing to provide adequate voting machines for disabled voters.
– The California State Senate has approved a bill to allow Election Day voter registration.
– In Ohio, a redistricting reform bill has stalled in the legislature.