By Patrick R. Potyondy
Now that 2017 is done and dusted, it’s time to take a comprehensive look back at last year’s election administration legislation.
This past year tracked similarly to years since 2011 both in the total number of bills introduced (2373) and in the total number enacted (267).
Every state and the District of Columbia introduced an elections administration bill, and of those, 42 states enacted at least one piece of legislation. Enactments, too, track consistently with previous years. (To get the exact numbers from previous years, please see our Elections Legislation Database.) Seen from this perspective, America’s representative democracy is alive and well.
But to learn more than that, you’ll have to join NCSL's election director Wendy Underhill and me at noon eastern time for a free webinar Monday, Jan. 29. We’ll review the 2017 enacted and introduced election administration legislation across the 50 state legislatures and Washington, D.C.
Now, we won’t be able to cover everything, but we’re going to cover a lot. Topics will include cybersecurity, equipment funding and technology, voter registration lists, voter ID, absentee voting, mail voting, audits, felon voting rights, and more.
We’ll also take a tiny peek at what may be coming down the pipeline in 2018 based on the first round of introductions. So if you want to know what’s been happening in the world of elections administration legislation world—and remember, that affects everyone who votes—then be sure to register and attend our webinar next Monday.
Patrick Potyondy is a legislative policy specialist and Mellon-ACLS public fellow in NCSL’s Elections and Redistricting Program.