2021 Election Enactments

6/17/2021

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The unprecedented attention on our election systems that began in 2020 has continued into 2021. Due to the pandemic, a smaller number of bills than average were introduced and enacted in 2020, but this year legislatures have been working hard to catch up.

All 50 states have introduced election-related bills so far this year. Many states have debated whether to make permanent policies that were temporary adjustments for 2020 and the most popular topics under consideration are increasing or limiting absentee and mail voting, ballot drop boxes and voter identification requirements.

This webpage tracks all election-related enactments. For detailed information on pending election legislation, please see our database.

2021 Election Enactments

Alabama

  • HB 116 allows the secretary of state to conduct a post-election audit of the November 8, 2022 election in three counties. It provides that the expenses of these audits would be reimbursed from the Help America Vote Act federal funds.
  • HB 123 permits a registered voter or the spouse of a registered voter, who is a federal or state prosecutor, federal, state, probate, or municipal judge, or law enforcement officer, to submit a signed affidavit requesting that the secretary of state omit all information except the name of the registered voter or the spouse of the registered voter.
  • HB 167 prohibits a voter from Alabama from also voting in another state. It makes voting more than once at any election held in other states a Class A misdemeanor or a Class C felony.
  • HB 285 prohibits curbside voting. It requires that all voting machines be installed or operated in an enclosed building designated as a voting place.
  • HB 287 establishes and sets the compensation of election officers, the return officer, and the inspector and clerks in Morgan County.
  • HB 312 requires precinct election officials to be registered voters in the county in which they serve but aren’t required to be registered at that precinct. Priority may be given to the poll workers and alternate poll workers who are registered voters at that precinct.
  • HB 314 revises the process to update the statewide voter registration database. The board of registrars, or the Secretary of State, will use change-of-address information supplied by the United States Postal Service through the National Change of Address database and by at least one other voter registration database, including, but not limited to, the Electronic Registration Information Center or NVRA designated agency, to identify registered voters whose addresses may have changed.
  • HB 538 revises the timeframe for applying to vote by absentee ballot and certain procedures for processing absentee ballots. Applications returned by mail must be received not less than 10 days prior to the election. Applications returned by hand must be received not less than five days prior to the election.
  • SB 31 revises the date for runoff elections to be four weeks after the regular election for all runoff municipal elections and runoff special primary elections.
  • SB 119 revises the time frames for municipal run-off elections.

Arizona

  • HB 2054 requires the secretary of state to compare death records with the statewide voter registration database. 
  • HB 2181 requires a write-in candidate running for an elective office in any election be a resident of that county or district for one hundred and twenty days before the date of the election, except if running for a city or town office.  
  • HB 2307 requires a county board of supervisors to provide a written notice advising the voter if the voting equipment used for an election provides for the rejection of overvoted ballots or ballots that contain other irregularities. The notice informs the voter, who may overvote or override any other ballot irregularity, that the voter’s vote will not be counted.
  • HB 2359 requires any method of physical or electronic access to a voting machine or electronic pollbook to be secured to prevent unauthorized access and to verify security procedures before a voting machine or electronic pollbook is placed into service.
  • HB 2365 allows political candidates filing nomination papers and petitions to use a post office box or private mailbox address in place of the candidate's actual residence address to protect access by the public.
  • HB 2569 prohibits the state or other public body that administers elections, from receiving or expending private monies for the purpose of preparing, administering or conducting an election.
  • SB 1002 specifies that absentee ballot envelopes must not reveal the voter’s political party affiliation. 
  • SB 1003 requires early voter instructions to state that the ballot will not be counted without the voter's signature on the return envelope. If a signature is missing from an early ballot return envelope, it requires the county recorder or other officer in charge of elections to make reasonable efforts to contact the voter and allow that voter to add their signature no later than 7:00 p.m. on election day.
  • SB 1485 requires a county recorder or other officer in charge of elections to remove a voter from the active early voting list if the voter fails to vote by early ballot in all regular primary or regular general elections for which there was a federal race on the ballot. And all city or town candidate primary or first elections or city or town candidate second, general or runoff elections for two consecutive election cycles. It requires counties to notify a voter prior to removing that voter from the list.
  • SB 1492 amends the statutory requirements for election ballots, dates, deadlines, election boards, nomination petitions, polling locations and recognition of new political parties on city, town or county ballots.
  • SB 1530 requires early ballots to be sent in an envelope with directions to mark the unopened envelope "return to sender" and deposit the envelope in the mail if the addressee does not reside at the address.

Arkansas

  • HB 1081 appropriates money to the State Board of Election Commissioners for the 2021-2022 fiscal year to pay for twenty temporary or part-time employees, personal services and operating expenses.
  • HB 1112 amends the state’s current voter ID law to require voters casting provisional ballots to show photo ID by noon on the Monday following Election Day. Previously, voters without an ID could cast provisional ballots and sign a sworn statement for their votes to be counted.
  • HB 1202 requires each sample ballot must be submitted at least twenty days before each presidential preferential primary and general election and ten days before each general primary, general runoff, school, or special election. All sample ballots will be published on the secretary of state’s website
  • HB 1244 authorizes a license to be issued without a photograph based on a licensee's sincerely held religious belief. This license is not valid for voter identification purposes.
  • HB 1332 requires a shorter time requirement to post a public notice of elections before the beginning of early voting for a presidential preferential primary, general primary, general election, general runoff, school, or special election.
  • HB 1338 increases the number of elector signatures required for petitions for political group or independent candidates for president or vice president of the United States to be listed on the ballot.
  • HB 1522 creates a misdemeanor offense for false statements by candidates about his or her qualifications.
  • HB 1568 requires the House and Senate Committees on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs to meet and conduct a legislative study on the use of certain election technology to increase transparency and security.
  • HB 1595 requires all voting machines operate without a connection to the internet or to an external network.
  • HB 1615 states a county board of election commissioners will not change a polling site for any precinct less than thirty days before an election other than a preferential primary or general election, except in the event of an emergency. If the county board reduces the total number of polling sites in the county in a preferential primary election or a general election, a voter may appeal that decision.
  • HB 1715 implements stricter limits on absentee ballot collection and prohibits election officials from distributing unsolicited absentee ballot applications, among other changes.
  • HB 1777 protects domestic violence victims voter registration information by allowing a victim to request secure voter status. The county clerks shall not reproduce any address of a secure voter in any format unless otherwise authorized by law.
  • HB 1803 establishes the Arkansas Balloting Integrity Act of 2021. It amends the complaint process for election law violations and the authority and duties of the state board of election commissioners.
  • HB 1866 forbids any county board of election commissioners from taking or accepting any funding, grants, or gifts from any source other than from a city or incorporated town, county, the state of Arkansas or the US government.
  • SB 426 makes technical and legislative intent changes to the election code.
  • SB 486 restricts electioneering within one hundred feet from the primary exterior entrance to a building where voting is taking place.
  • SB 487 requires the county board of election commissioners to certify to the secretary of state and the county quorum court that the county has a secure electronic connection to prevent unauthorized access to electronic pollbook, voter registration database, voting equipment and materials.
  • SB 488 creates an exemption to the examination and copying of public records and amends the law concerning the Freedom of Information Act of 1967 and voted ballots.
  • SB 496 changes the dates and laws concerning the annual and special school elections.
  • SB 498 requires any written complaint concerning any election law violation or irregularity be sent by the county board of election commissioners to the State Board of Election Commissioners for evaluation.
  • SB 549 requires all county board of election commissioners to prepare a report of all provisional and rejected ballots cast in the county for each election. Within sixty days of each election, the State Board will compile the information reported by the county boards and make the reports publicly available.
  • SB 557 amends the duties of a county board of election commissioners by allowing the delegation of supervision of election officials by an affirmative vote of a quorum of all county board members. It clarifies the duties of county employees designed as election officials.
  • SB 582 amends how county election commissioners take the oath. Each oath will be filed with the county clerk and a duplicate will be forwarded to the secretary of state. Also, it amends the qualifications of state and county commissioners, election officials, poll workers, and certified election monitors.
  • SB 643 amends the date when applications absentee ballot applications must be submitted by the registered voter, designated bearer, or administrator of the absentee voter. In person, the application must be submitted by the close of business on the Friday before election day at the county clerk’s office.
  • SB 644 disallows a person convicted of a misdemeanor offense or felony from serving as an election official. The bill establishes an election law violation hotline, and all allegations of violations will be referred to the Attorney General's office.

California

  • SB 29 extends the state’s temporary adoption of all-mail voting in 2020 through 2021.

Colorado

  • HB 1001 permits members of a state party central committee or state party executive committee to meet and cast votes remotely, e.g., via telephone, email, or internet. Also allows for the adoption of bylaws to implement remote participation to establish policy.
  • SB 160 makes updates and administrative clarifications to the local government election code and statutes pertaining to special districts. It allows special districts, by resolution, to establish director districts for their board of directors, or to consolidate into a single-district board structure.
  • SB 188 allows a voter with a disability to either print the ballot or return the ballot by electronic transmission if printing the ballot is not feasible. A ballot must include a signed affidavit or a copy of an acceptable form of identification and must be received by the election official in the applicable jurisdiction before the close of polls on election day. The bill also requires the secretary of state to establish an electronic transmission system through which a voter with a disability may request and return a ballot.

Florida

  • SB 90 makes changes to the election administration laws regarding vote by mail ballots, drop boxes and more. It requires an additional numeric identifier of a voter when a vote-by mail ballot is requested, and it applies to all requests. It requires drop boxes to be geographically located to provide all voters in the county with an equal opportunity to cast a ballot.

Georgia 

  • HB 682 reestablishes the board of elections and registration for Pickens County.
  • HB 683 creates a board of elections and registration for Pickens County and provides for its powers and duties.
  • HB 684 creates create a board of elections and registration for Troup County and provides for its powers and duties.
  • SB 202 is an omnibus bill that makes several changes, including requiring ID to request and return absentee ballots, establishing guidelines for ballot drop boxes and giving the State Election Board more power over county election administration.

Hawaii

  • HB 199 requires the county clerk, not the chief election officer, to issue an election proclamation listing all voter service centers and drop boxes, including the days, location, and hours of operation for each.

Idaho

  • HB 198 requires precinct committeeman for each political party to be registered and reside in the voting precinct for a period of at least six months preceding the next election.
  • HB 231 amends the filing date for independent candidates for president and vice president to align with the filing date for independent candidates for federal, state, district, and county offices.
  • HB 290 clarifies the requirement that county clerks verify voter signatures of electors and petition signers. Also, it requires the secretary of state to provide training and guidance on how signatures are to be verified.
  • HB 299 clarifies that Idaho public universities or colleges will not offer extra credit to students to vote or not vote, or to influence a vote for or against a candidate or ballot measure.
  • SB 1062 requires that write-in candidates for President of the United States must provide their Vice-Presidential selection and their Presidential Electors for Idaho at the time they file their declaration of candidacy as a write-in candidate.
  • SB 1064 clarifies that when voters request a particular type of absentee ballot for a primary election, they can only request the issuance of a new ballot of the same type they originally requested.
  • SB 1067 makes numerous technical corrections to Idaho’s election laws, including making the county clerk the recipient of all but state recall petitions, eliminating the role of the city clerk.
  • SB 1168 requires that elections must be funded by only appropriations from federal, state, or local government entities.

Illinois

  • HB 1871 allows HAVA funds to be used for ballot drop boxes, adds provisions related to drop boxes, permits curbside voting, and requires ballots returned without postage to be accepted. 
  • HB 3653 requires that the Department of Corrections provide information about voter registration to citizens when they are released from incarceration and allows the department to participate in the state’s automatic voter registration program. 

Indiana

  • HB 1365 requires the entry of filing information concerning all candidates into the statewide voter registration system. Election certification documents will be filed only through the statewide voter registration system. Also, it clarifies the process by which an Indiana resident who has been imprisoned for conviction of a crime in another state is removed from the voter registration list.
  • HB 1479 allows the county election board to adopt a resolution authorizing the circuit court clerk to use the office of the circuit court clerk or establish a satellite office to permit voters to cast absentee ballots for at least four hours on the third Saturday preceding election day.
  • HB 1485 provides that an identification document issued by a Native American Indian tribe or band may be used as sufficient proof of identification for voting.
  • SB 260 allows 16- or 17-year-olds to serve as a precinct election officers without the written approval of the school principal if school is not in session on Election Day. Also, it provides that absentee ballots may be scanned, but not tabulated, not earlier than seven days before Election Day.
  • SB 398 provides that a political subdivision that administers an election may not receive or expend funds received from a person (other than from the state or the federal government) for preparing, administering, or conducting elections, including registering voters.

Iowa

  • SB 413 makes several changes, including reducing the early voting period from 29 days to 20 days, requiring that absentee ballots be received by the close of polls on Election Day and creating penalties for election officials who willfully fail to perform their duties. 
  • SB 568 relates to the conduct of elections, including changes to nominations, proposed amendments to the Iowa Constitution, public measures, holding multiple elective offices, voter registration, ballots, voter identification, reporting election results, election audits, presidential elector per-diem, and county seals.

Kansas

  • HB 2183 amends election law regarding mail ballots, registered voter information reporting, assistance with the return of advance ballots, advance ballot return deadlines, the authority of the Secretary of State, duties of election officials, electioneering, and election funding. It also creates the crime of false representation of an election official.  
  • HB 2332 amends election law regarding addresses maintained for registered voters, solicitation of advance voting ballot applications, alteration of election laws, and the crime of election tampering. Also, it establishes a process for the handling of temporary vacancies created by officers or employees of the State or political subdivisions of the State due to military service.

Kentucky

  • HB 574 establishes three days of early voting, allows vote center polling places, creates an online absentee ballot request portal and allows voters to cure signatures on absentee ballots. 
  • SB 1 limits the effective dates of executive orders issued by the governor to 30 days unless an extension is approved by the General Assembly and prohibits the governor from issuing a new executive order relating to the same emergency without the approval of the General Assembly. 

Louisiana

  • HB 86 provides that in Lafayette Parish, the parish executive committee of a recognized political party will be increased and composed of one member elected from each councilmanic district and nine members elected at large from the parish.
  • HB 139 requires annual training of members of a parish board of election supervisors. The training is prepared by the secretary of state and approved by the attorney general.
  • HB 141 requires persons conducting exit polls in or near polling places to register with the secretary of state.
  • HB 168 allows a district attorney to decide whether to determine and review evidence presented by a registered voter regarding objections to a candidacy for elective office.
  • HB 214 requires a registrar of voters appointed after 2021 to complete orientation and training that is prepared by the secretary of state and the Registrar of Voters Association and approved by the attorney general. The orientation and training will be conducted by the secretary of state.
  • HB 285 changes the amount of time a voter may remain in the voting machine from no more than three minutes to no more than six minutes. Also, it allows election officials to allocate additional time in an equitable manner if the ballot is lengthy or complex.
  • HB 378 provides that a person with a felony conviction can register and vote if the person has not been incarcerated within the last five years and was not convicted of a felony offense of election fraud or any other election offense. It removes the requirement of submission of documentation to the registrar of voters.
  • SB 64 clarifies the legislative intent is to preserve the integrity of the election process, and to protect the right of citizens to vote freely for the candidates of their choice. The state has a compelling interest in establishing a zone securing polling locations against voter intimidation, election, fraud, confusion, and general disorder.

Maine

  • HB 68 allows the processing of absentee ballots to begin seven days before Election Day.

Maryland

  • HB 156 and SB 283 allows a military or overseas voter to submit a federal post card application electronically and to use a common access card to sign the federal post card application only for the purpose of verifying identity and allowing an individual to fulfill the signature requirement. It also requires a public institution of higher education to designate a staff member as the student voting coordinator, who must develop and implement a student voting plan.
  • HB 206 and SB 596 alters the hours during which early voting centers are required to be open in elections. In a presidential election, hours will be between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. and in all other elections, during the hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each early voting day.
  • HB 222 requires the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to provide individuals released from a correctional facility with a voter registration application and to inform individuals who are no longer incarcerated that their voting rights have been restored. Also, the bill requires the State Board of Elections to adopt regulations establishing a program to inform eligible voters of upcoming elections and how to exercise the right to vote.
  • HB 738 alters the deadlines for a successor candidate, if a candidate for Governor or Lieutenant Governor dies, withdraws the candidacy, or becomes disqualified for a primary election. Also, the complete text for all constitutional amendments and questions must be posted or available to the public 65 days prior to the general election.
  • HB 745 increases the number of early voting centers in certain counties.
  • HB 1048 allows for a voter to request permanent absentee ballot status and be placed on a permanent absentee ballot list. It also requires that an absentee ballot application be sent to each eligible voter (except those voters with permanent absentee ballot status) before the statewide primary election in 2022 and 2024. The bill requires a local board to consider the certain factors when determining the location of a ballot drop box.
  • HB 1343 alters the way in which members of the Anne Arundel County Republican Party Central Committee are elected.
  • SB 525 requires the Baltimore City centralized booking facility to provide a secure, designated ballot drop box for eligible voters incarcerated in the facility to easily submit absentee ballot applications, absentee ballots, and voter registration forms.
  • SB 683 allows for a voter to request permanent absentee ballot status and be placed on a permanent absentee ballot list. Also, it establishes provisions governing ballot drop box locations and requires that absentee ballot applications be sent to each eligible voter before the regular primary elections held in 2022 and 2024.

Massachusetts

  • HB 73 extends temporary mail-in voting expansions passed in 2020 through June 2021.

Montana

  • HB 176 changes the deadline for voter registration from same day voter registration to close by noon on the day before the election.
  • HB 429 revises the Governor's power to suspend temporary election laws during emergencies without the consent of the legislature through a regular or special legislative session. If the legislature is out of session, the secretary of state will poll lawmakers within three days of the governor’s request.
  • HB 506 requires that an individual meet residence and age requirements before a ballot may be issued to the individual and the individual may cast a ballot.
  • HB 530 requires the secretary of state to adopt rules defining and governing election security. It prohibits a person from accepting, a pecuniary benefit in exchange for distributing, ordering, requesting, collecting, or delivering ballots. The bill requires the secretary of state and county election administrations to conduct election security assessments beginning January 1, 2023, and each year there after.
  • SB 15 requires election officials to provide accessible voting locations for disabled voters during elections conducted primarily by mail. 
  • SB 93 requires at least one poll watcher from each political party be permitted at each drop box for a mail ballot election. Poll watchers must be allowed at each drop box during the days and times that the drop box is open.
  • SB 169 revises the identification requirements for voter registration, voting and provisional voting. To vote, a voter must present either a government issued photo ID or a Montana concealed carry permit. If not, the voter must present two forms of identification, at least one including a photo ID with the voter's name.    
  • SB 170 requires voter list maintenance processes to be conducted annually, rather than every other year. 
  • SB 196 allows election officials to reduce hours of operations in polling places if they expect fewer than 400 voters who intend to vote in person to noon to 8 p.m. All other polling places must be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • SB 350 revises the election law regarding minor parties. It states that after the certification of petitions by minor parties, shall nominate its candidates for public office by primary election.  
  • SB 351 allows county election administrators to test vote tabulation machines before automatic tabulation begins.

Nebraska

  • LB 285 authorizes secure data-sharing with certain third parties by the Secretary of State to facilitate participation in the Electronic Registration Information Center and improve voter file accuracy. It restricts the posting, display, and internet distribution of voter lists abstained through public records requests.

Nevada

  • AB 21 authorizes a person for whom a fictitious address has been issued by the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) to request a county assessor or county recorder to maintain the personal information of the person contained in county records in a confidential manner without having to obtain a court order. The bill prohibits the secretary of state, a county, or a city clerk from making personal contact information available. It also authorizes any person with a fictitious address has been issued by DCFS to also request that the Department of Motor Vehicles display an alternate address on the person’s driver’s license, commercial driver’s license, or identification card.
  • AB 121 requires the secretary of state to allow the electronic transmission system to be used by an elector with a disability to register to vote and by a registered voter with a disability to apply for and cast an absent ballot. Also, it requires the secretary to prescribe procedures to be used by local elections officials in accepting, handling and counting absent ballots received from a registered voter with a disability using the electronic transmission system.
  • AB 321 establishes the procedures for the use of mail ballots in all elections. The county clerk is required to prepare and distribute to each active registered voter in the county a mail ballot for every election.
  • AB 390 requires that any notice of a contested election must be provided by the person contesting the election to the candidate whose election is being contested. If the contest is for a candidate for the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, member of the Assembly or the state Senate, Supreme Court justice, or appeals courts judge, both the person contesting the election and the secretary of state must notify the candidate whose election is being contested.
  • SB 84 increases the maximum size of an election precinct from 3,000 to 5,000 registered voters.
  • SB 292 revises the qualification requirements for a minor political party and the deadline to challenge the qualification of a minor political party. It also revises the provisions for filling a vacancy in the office of United States Senator, Representative in Congress or State Legislator.

New Hampshire

  • HB 273 proclaims May 13, 2021 as youth franchise and youth officeholder day in New Hampshire, in honor of the 50th anniversary of New Hampshire’s ratification of the 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
  • SB 43 authorizes an audit of the ballot counting machines and their memory cards and the hand tabulations of ballots regarding the general election on November 3, 2020 of the Rockingham County district 7 state representative race.

New Jersey

  • AB 5373 allows county boards of elections to determine the location of ballot drop boxes under certain circumstances.  
  • AB 5842 revises and suspends certain requirements for polling places for the June 2021 primary election. It permits a minimum of two poll workers at each polling place (not from the same political party) and National Guard members to serve as poll workers so long as they are in civilian clothing. The bill also waives the requirement that poll workers be registered voters and residents of the county.
  • SB 2973 permits a county of the fifth class to create the office of deputy superintendent of elections once the office of superintendent of elections has been established. The deputy superintendent of elections would be filled by a nominate of the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate and cannot be from the same political party as the superintendent of elections. 
  • SB 3203 requires counties to hold nine days of early in-person voting ending the Sunday before Election Day in November. Primaries will have fewer days of in-person voting: three for a non-presidential primary and five in a presidential election year. 

New Mexico

  • HB 231 provides Native American polling place protections. A polling place located on an Indian nation or on tribal or pueblo land cannot be closed or consolidated with other polling locations without the written agreement of the Indian nation, tribe, or pueblo in the event of an emergency. At least one polling location within an Indian nation, tribe, or pueblo should be in operation if registered voters are unable to leave the Indian nation, tribe, or pueblo due to public health concerns.
  • SB 286 provides temporary procedures that would regulate special elections to fill vacancies for the office of U.S. representative during the Covid-19 pandemic. It would allow all polling locations to operate as voting convenience centers and any voter in the county could cast a vote at the center, regardless of the voter’s home precinct.
  • SB 304 requires the secretary of state to collect and make geographic information system (GIS) data available for each voting district. This information would be made available on the secretary of state’s website, free of charge, by January 1, 2022.

New York

  • AB 2574 adds the State University of New York as a designated voter registration agency for automatic voter registration. 
  • AB 4686 decreases the number of signatures for independent nominating petitions of candidates for public office to two and one-half percent of the total number of votes cast for governor at the last gubernatorial election.
  • AB 6478 authorizes a change of location of early voting polling places for certain special, primary and run-off primary elections when no voters of the municipality with the highest population within the county are eligible to vote.
  • SB 830 amends the election law regarding voting by formerly incarcerated individuals convicted of a felony. Any person convicted of a felony will be notified that his or her voting rights will be restored upon release.
  • SB 1310 allows Washington county to have at least one polling place designated for early voting.

North Dakota

  • HB1078 relates to presidential elections and the adoption of the Uniform Faithful Presidential Electors Act.
  • HB1253 a voter to take up to thirty minutes to mark and cast the ballot after receiving the ballot from the election judge and requires that any dispute regarding a candidate’s residency may only be resolved by a court order.
  • HB1256 prohibits any state and political subdivisions from soliciting, accepting, or using any grants or donations from private persons for elections operations or administration.
  • HB 1447 allows an institution of higher education to issue students a printable document containing the institution's letterhead or seal. The document must contain the student's legal name, current residential address in the state, the date the residential address was established, and date of birth. This printable document, along with a student photo identification card, will be accepted as a valid form of identification for voting.
  • SB 2142 revises the processing of absentee ballots by providing an earlier start date for verifying the signature on the application for an absent voter's ballot with the signature on the voter's affidavit.
  • SB2271 opposes the national popular vote interstate compact and urges Congress not to consent to the interstate compact and to oppose any efforts to seek a national popular election of a president other than through an amendment to the Constitution.

Oklahoma

  • HB 1752 sets a 30-day time limit for a county election board to remove deceased people from the central registry and voter registration list after receiving notice of a county resident death from the Secretary of the State Election Board.
  • HB 2564 amends the process of election recounts to require for recounts on statewide issue or question elections. The governor or the attorney general may request a recount of any state question. Subject to funding, the Secretary of the State Election Board will order an automatic recount of a state question if the margin of votes required for approval is one half of one percent or less of the total number of votes cast for or against a state question.
  • HB 2663 adds an additional day of in-person absentee voting for even-year elections and modifies hours for in-person absentee voting. Requests for absentee ballots must be received by the appropriate election officials no later than 5:00 p.m. on the third Monday preceding an election.
  • HB 2939 directs the secretary of the county election board to record a voter’s history to indicate how the voter casts a ballot. The voter’s method will not be disclosed to the public except for regularly scheduled federal or state election or a statewide special election for a state question.
  • SB 347 creates a new law that prohibits any county, school district, technology center school district, municipality, fire protection district or other political subdivision from scheduling an election conducted by a county election board on the second Tuesday of December 2021, the second Tuesday of January 2022 or the first Tuesday of March 2022.
  • SB 710 authorizes the State Election Board to participate in multistate voter list maintenance organizations such as the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) and authorizes expenditures related to membership.
  • SB 712 authorizes the State Election Board to purchase any equipment and software necessary to implement an electronic precinct registry system (electronic poll books), dependent on the availability of funds.
  • SB 959 requires special elections for U.S. Senate vacancies to be held on the same dates as regular elections. A special candidate filing period will be on the same dates as the regular candidate filing period for those elections.

Oregon

  • HB 2323 prohibits anyone from knowingly communicating materially false statement, including by electronic or telephonic means, with intent to mislead voters about date of election, deadline for delivering ballot, voter registration deadline, method of registering to vote, locations of drop boxes, qualifications of voters or voter registration status within 30 days of primary election or special election or within 60 days of general election.
  • HB 2681 prohibits moving voter to inactive status due to voter not voting or updating voter registration for any period of time. County clerks are required to mail all currently inactive voters notification of reason for inactive status and information on how voter can reactivate voter registration.

South Dakota

  • HB 1119 states that ballots for municipal elections will be available no later than seven days prior to a runoff election. Also, in any municipality, the person having the highest number of votes for any office will be declared elected. However, a municipality may, on or before October 1 in the year preceding, approve an ordinance requiring a runoff election.
  • HB 1124 requires that sample ballots and official ballots will be printed and in the possession of the county auditor not later than forty-eight days prior to a primary or general election.
  • HB1125 The members of the precinct election board or the counting board shall immediately proceed to count publicly the votes received at the polls and continue without leaving the site until the count is completed.
  • SB 25 removes an incorrect cross-reference in provisions regarding elections.
  • SB 102 allows voters to apply to the secretary of state to protect their voter record from public access under certain conditions. 
  • SB 184 allows the county auditor to direct the county board of elections to meet on Election Day prior to the closing of the polls to review absentee voters' affidavits if the auditor deems this procedure necessary due to the number of absentee ballots received. 

Tennessee

  • HB 722 prohibits a county election commissioner from qualifying as a candidate for public office and being a member of the commission. Also, a county election commissioner must abstain or be recused from the official duties of the commission for at least thirty days before an election in which a spouse, parent, sibling, or child is on the ballot for public office.
  • HB 1098 establishes that an independent living facility on the same property as a licensed nursing home, assisted care living facility, or home for the aged is considered a nursing home for the purpose of required absentee voting procedures.
  • HB 1178 requires a county election commission that has permanently established convenient voting centers to provide a report to the coordinator of elections including an evaluation of the centers, issues, and suggestions for improvements within 90 days after each general election.
  • HB 1611 changes the date to elect mayors and aldermen from the first Thursday in August to the Thursday after the first Monday in August for the city of Tullahoma.
  • SB 1315 creates the Tennessee Election Integrity Act. It prohibits any state election commission, state election officials and employees from accepting any funding or contributions, including in-kind contributions, for conducting an election unless the funding or contribution originates from the federal or state government.
  • SB 1534 prohibits any person from contributing, including in-kind contributions, donating, paying, or otherwise transfer money or equipment to the state election commission or the coordinator of elections for purposes of conducting state or local elections.

Texas

  • HB 574 creates felony offenses for any person knowingly or intentionally makes any effort to count votes the person knows are invalid or alter a report to include votes the person knows are invalid. And by a person who refuses to count votes the person knows are valid or alters a report to exclude votes the person knows are valid.
  • HB 1128 allows certain persons to be lawfully present in a polling place from the time the presiding judge arrives on election day to make the preliminary arrangements until the precinct returns have been certified and the election records have been assembled for distribution.
  • HB 1264 requires the local registrar of deaths to file each abstract with the voter registrar of the decedent ’s county of residence and the secretary of state as soon as possible, but not later than the seventh day after the date the abstract is prepared.
  • HB 1382 requires the secretary of state to develop or provide an online tool to each early voting clerk that enables a person who submits an application for a ballot to be voted by mail to track the location and status of the person's application and ballot on the secretary's website and county’s website if the county has a website.
  • HB 1397 requires voting system vendors to disclose ownership interests of each person or entity that had a 5 percent or greater ownership interest in the vendor, the vendor’s parent company, and each subsidiary or affiliate of the vendor.
  • HB 1622 requires early voting clerks to post early voting turnouts in a timely manner. It creates a formal complaint process for clerks who fail to adhere to seeks to the requirements regarding the maintenance and availability of early voting rosters.
  • HB 1987 revises the eligibility to be a candidate for or to serve as a county or precinct chair of a political party. It requires a candidate not be the holder of an elective office of the federal, state, or county government and if the office is a county or precinct chair of a political party, be a qualified voter of the county.
  • HB 3107 make technical corrections to the law regarding voter registration, officers and observers, early voting, candidates, presidential elections, recounts, and other miscellaneous provisions to clarify election practices and procedures.
  • HB 3920 clarifies the conditions under which a voter is entitled to not vote early by mail on the grounds of disability and childbirth. In Texas, a qualified voter is eligible to vote early by mail based on the grounds of disability or expected confinement for childbirth on election day. These do not constitute sufficient cause: a lack of transportation; a sickness that did not otherwise prevent the voter from leaving the voter’s residence; or a requirement to appear at the voter's place of employment on election day.
  • SB 231 requires the secretary of state to provide a standardized training program and materials for county election officers in the same manner it provides such a program to election judges and clerks.
  • SB 331 allows an election officer to appoint an interpreter to communicate with a voter if the voter had not selected an interpreter. Any person other than a voter's employer, an agent of a voter's employer, or an officer or agent of a labor union to which a voter belongs is eligible to serve as a voter's interpreter. It also removes the authorization for an interpreter to accompany the voter to the voting station for the purpose of translating the ballot.
  • SB 598 adds risk-limiting audits after August 31, 2026, to the election code. It requires the primary election officers, not later than 24 hours after all ballots have been counted in an election, to conduct a risk-limiting audit for a selected statewide race or measure. It also requires the secretary of state to conduct a pilot program, beginning with the November 8, 2022 election, of the risk-limiting audit program.
  • SB 1111 relates to a voter's residence during the process of confirming the accuracy of the voter's registration. It prohibits a person from establishing residence for the purpose of influencing the outcome of a certain election and from establishing a residence at any place the person has not inhabited. It also prohibits a person from designating a previous residence as a home and fixed place of habitation unless the person inhabits the place at the time of designation and intends to remain.
  • SB 1113 authorizes the secretary of state to withhold certain state and federal funds from registrars who failed to timely perform a duty requiring the approval, change, or  cancellation of a voter’s registration.
  • SB 1387 requires that, beginning September 1, 2021, voting system equipment must be manufactured, stored, and held in the United States and sold by a company whose headquarters, and the headquarters of their parent company, are in the United States.
  • SB 1418 allows for the presiding judge of the ballot board to be compensated at a higher rate than the other board members.

Utah

  • HB 12 requires that the names of deceased voters be removed from the voter rolls and that the lieutenant governor enforce these provisions.
  • HB 70 creates an online system for voters to track their mailed ballots and receive text or email status notifications. 
  • HB 75 provides that each municipality chooses whether to participate in the Municipal Alternate Voting Methods Pilot Project, which allows ranked-choice voting. It also removes the sunset date for a municipality entering a contract with a county to conduct an election.
  • HB 173 requires an election officer to report an estimate of the total number of ballots in the election official's custody that remain to be counted beginning on the day after election day and ending on the day before the canvass date.
  • HB 196 requires that the judicial retention section of a ballot includes a statement directing voters to the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission's website.
  • HB 197 specifies when a voter's designation or change of political party affiliation takes effect when the county clerk receives the signed form. In an even-numbered year, a form received after March 31 takes effect on the day after that year's regular primary election if the form changes a registered voter's political party affiliation.
  • HB 312 clarifies that there is a rebuttable presumption that a person's principal place of residence is in Utah and in the voting precinct claimed by the person if the person makes an oath or affirmation on a declaration of candidacy.
  • SB 92 provides that a regulated officeholder is not required to file a conflict-of-interest disclosure at the time of filing for reelection to office if they already filed a disclosure earlier the same year and indicates that the disclosure is accurate and up to date.

Vermont

  • SB 15 requires the secretary of state to mail every active voter a postage-paid ballot for each general election, held every two years in even-numbered years.

Virginia

  • HB 1810 provides that if a failure of the online voter registration system occurs prior to the close of registration, the governor has the authority to order the system to be available after the registration closing date for a period equal to the time the system was unavailable.
  • HB 1888 requires the establishment of ballot drop boxes and makes various changes to absentee ballot processing, including verifying the voter affirmation statement, and allows absentee voters to correct, or “cure,” the statement in certain circumstances.
  • HB 1968 permits localities to provide absentee voting in person in the office of the general registrar or voter satellite office on the first and second Sundays immediately preceding all elections.
  • HB 2020 revises nomination processes to ensure that qualified voters who are eligible but are unable to attend meetings because they are a servicemember on active duty; temporarily residing outside of the United States; a student attending school; a person with a disability; or a person who has a communicable disease can participate.
  • HB 2125 permits a person who is 16 years of age or older to preregister to vote.
  • HJR 555 provides that no person who has been convicted of a felony will be qualified to vote until the completion of his sentence. Once completed, the person’s right to vote will be restored without further action required. A convicted felon may also have his civil rights restored by the Governor or other appropriate authority.
  • SJR 272 proposes a constitutional amendment regarding the qualifications of voters. Every person who meets these qualifications will have the fundamental right to vote, except that no person who has been convicted of a felony can vote while imprisoned, and no person who lacks the capacity to understand voting may vote until his capacity has been reestablished by law.
  • SB 1097 eliminates the requirement for a witness signature on absentee ballots during states of emergency.
  • SB 1111 removes the power of election officers to appoint a person who is not a law enforcement officer to have all the powers of a law enforcement officer within the polling place and the prohibited area.
  • SB 1148 changes the primary election date from the second Tuesday in June to the third Tuesday in June. It also changes  candidate filing deadlines.
  • SB 1239 permits a general registrar to contract with a third party for the printing, assembly, and mailing of absentee ballots.
  • SB 1245 requires the establishment of a drop-off location for the return of marked absentee ballots at the office of the general registrar and each voter satellite office. Also, on Election Day, the bill requires a drop-off location be available at each polling place in operation.
  • SB 1281 removes the requirement that the general registrar of a locality be a resident of that locality or an adjacent locality.
  • SB 1331 requires the state to create a tool to allow voters with a visual impairment or print disability to electronically receive and mark absentee ballots. 

Washington

  • HB 1068 exempts from disclosure, under the Public Records Act, election operation plans, security risk assessments, and other election security records. Also, it exempts information related to election security, operations, and infrastructure.
  • HB 1078 restores voting rights to citizens on parole.
  • SB 5015 Any misrepresentation of an unofficial ballot collection site or device as an official ballot drop box that has been established by the county auditor is punishable as a gross misdemeanor.

West Virginia

  • HB 2372 allows pre-candidacy papers to be filed the day after the general election to receive contributions or make expenditures in preparing to become a candidate.

Wisconsin

  • SB 102 allows a pupil enrolled in a home-based private educational program to serve as an election inspector.
  • SB 208 requires the Wisconsin Elections Commission to post minutes within 48 hours after the meeting or hearing. The minutes must include a summary of every action the commission voted on, a record of each member’s vote for or against every action requiring a vote, a record of all motions and seconds, and a record of each member’s status as present or absent for any part of a meeting or hearing.

Wyoming

  • HB 75 requires voters to show an accepted form of ID to vote in person; acceptable forms include a driver's license, state or tribal ID, passport, military ID or a Wyoming public school, university or community college ID.
  • HB 136 revises language used on primary ballots by replacing the masculine possessive "his" with the gender-neutral possessive "the person's."
  • HB 163 requires persons seeking nomination or election for the offices of United States senator and member of congress to swear or affirm that they are not claiming residency in another state and that they are not receiving the benefits of residency from another state.