Thank you! We had a tremendous response to our action alert asking you to let your Senator know that you opposed SJM 8002, calling for a constitutional convention. Despite a very aggressive campaign by well-funded supporters, SJM 8002 was never brought up for a vote. Senate leadership cited messages from League supporters as having a real impact--your action is making a difference.
We are now seeing more of our priority bills in the opposite chamber from where they were introduced and passed being heard by committee--bills that have passed the House are now being heard in the Senate and vice versa.
The following bills we support will be heard this week at a meeting of the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee on March 20 at 8:00am:
HB 1722 / SB 5708 The Local Options Bill will create uniformity in state law by permitting jurisdictions across the state to adopt Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) and expand voter choice. SB 5708 was not passed out of the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations and Elections Committee. HB 1722 was voted out of the House State Government and Tribal Relations Committee, but it failed to leave the House Appropriations Committee. No further legislative action will be taken on the Local Options Bill this year.
You can read more about the League’s position on this issue by reading our study here.
The League will work with legislators during the 2019 legislative session to improve election security by supporting:
The following bills have passed out of the House and will be heard in the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations, & Elections Committee on Wednesday March 20 at 8:00am. If your legislators are members of this committee, please contact them and urge them to vote YES to move these bills out of committee.
HB 1820 Extends the retention period for the storage of election material, requiring elections with non-federal contests and federal contests to retain materials for at least 24 months. Electronic records would need to be kept for at least 5 years. Increasing the retention period allows for detection and recovery should an error or interference occur during an election.
HB 1821 Requiring standardized postelection audit reports. County auditors would need to include information such as the races audited, any discrepancies found, and the voting systems audited. Uniform reporting of audit results would allow for increased public confidence in election outcomes and election security statewide.
HB 1822 Enhancing election data by improving statewide election data collection and reporting standards.
HB 1823 Relating to the disclosure of electronic ballot images. Transparent elections are necessary for public trust and confidence in election outcomes. Allowing the public to inspect electronic ballot image files that are created when voted ballots are scanned during tabulation allows for greater public observation and participation in post-election audits.
HB 2111 Concerning enhancing cybersecurity by eliminating the return of ballots by fax and email. This act addresses cybersecurity attacks and reduces vulnerability and the risk of election tampering. This is accomplished by eliminating email and fax submission of ballots.
The League will be working on the following issues in this session:
2SSB 5287 passed the Senate and is currently in the House State Government &Tribal Relations Committee. If you have a Representative on this committee, please contact them and ask that they vote to pass this bill out of committee.