Every week, State of Elections brings you the latest news in election law.
– The Hawaiian Office of Elections has set May 22nd as their target date for a special election to replace Congressman Neil Abercrombie. Due to that state’s budget troubles, the election will be held entirely by mail. For an overview of Hawaii’s recent election problems, go here.
– Senators Chris Dodd and Tom Udall have proposed a constitutional amendment to overrule the Citizens United decision. The amendment would allow the federal and state governments to place limits on the amount of contributions that can be made to a candidate and on the amount of expenditures that can be made by a candidate.
– A Georgia program for verifying voters’ citizenship has ruffled some feathers over at the Department of Justice. Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the DOJ has the right to stop any state election administration laws from taking effect. The DOJ has objected to the Georgian program, as it claims the state has not demonstrated that the program does not have a discriminatory purpose.
– The ALCU has appealed a federal court ruling that upheld Montana’s ballot access laws. Independent candidates seeking to run for statewide office in Montana must meet some of the stringent requirements in the country, including an early filing deadline and steep filing fees.