We think this bill is a good first step toward making sure that all eligible Americans have the opportunity to vote and to have their votes accurately counted.
The CEVA provides a range of improvements to our voter registration system, including:
- Election Day registration and enhanced registration opportunities for newly eligible voters;
- Improved security for electronic voting machines, including accessible voter-verified paper records and audit requirements;
- Requirements for reducing waiting lines at the polls and ensuring equitable allocation of election resources; improvements to provisional balloting;
- Measures to reduce partisanship and conflicts of interest in election administration; and
- Enhancements to poll worker training and civic education.
In state voting news, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins also used the opportunity of the anniversary of Bloody Sunday to introduce election legislation. As noted by the Newsday blog Spin Cycle, her four bills “would create the misdemeanor crime of voter suppression, increase penalties for violations of the election laws, and make push polling illegal.” They report that Assemblyman George Latimer is expected to introduce the legislation in his chamber.