|A comprehensive rewrite of the state’s election law passed the Senate by a vote of 29-5 Wednesday. Engrossed Committee Substitute for SB565 now goes to the House. Judiciary Chairman Trump says the bill:· Prohibits county clerks from accepting private election funding.
· Standardizes how voter registration questions are to be asked when a person registers to vote at the Department of Motor Vehicles.
· Reduces the timeline for receiving confirmation notices from “idle voters,” those whose names are on the election books but who have not voted in several elections.
· Allows voters to vote an electronic absentee ballot when the time has passed for voting absentee.
· Requires absentee ballots be requested 11 days before an election.
· Changes dates for early voting in person. Early voting will run from the 17th day before the election until the seventh day before the election.
In addition, election contests are placed within the purview of the circuit court. Recounts must happen before an election contest is filed. Those making robo calls and doing push polling must identify the candidate with whom they are affiliated.
Meanwhile, the House Technology & Infrastructure Committee met Wednesday morning to continue discussing their originating bill regarding social media and elections information from the day before. Ironically, the technology committee met in a room where the audio technology hadn’t been working properly since yesterday and kept cutting in and out. The House has no video of committee meetings and does not archive their meetings as the Senate does. There was testimony from the office of the Secretary of State that keeping up with fact-checking election information on social media was a burden to their office in 2020 and they couldn’t fact check all of it, adding that there was a lot of inaccurate information being shared.