Chief among those bills is the Voting Rights Act of 2013 which promotes equal voting opportunities and fairness in political subdivisions to improve representation of under-represented groups. The bill empowers local communities that have had difficulties getting communitiy members elected at-large.
Other voter bills passed today:
- HB 1267 changes registration deadlines to 11 days prior to Election Day.
- HB 1279 allows 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote when they get their driver's license. They will not be allowed to vot until they are 18, of course, but will be registered and ready.
- HB 1195 expands the requirement that no primary be held when there are no more than two candidates filing for office to include all nonpartisan offices.
- HJM 4001 requests Congress to enact a constitutional amendment returning authority to regulate election-campaign contributions to Congress and the state legislatures. This Joint Memorial is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.