Tuesday, April 28, 2009
According to this report, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is expected to sign the National Popular Vote bill sometime today.
Under the National Popular Vote bill, all of a state’s electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes (270 of 538). Read more at www.nationalpopularvote.org.
Thanks to Ballot Access News for this report.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Now that's scary.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Introduced on March 29, the student VOTER (Voter Opportunity To Encourage Registration) act would enable an estimated 90% of colleges and universities to act as voter registration agencies. The bill, HR 1729, would requiring all institutions of higher education that receive federal funding to offer voter registration to students when the register for classes.
Read the bill here.
Thanks to electionline for this update.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Huffington Post has the story.
Monday, April 13, 2009
The U.S. Census Bureau submitted to Congress its proposal for a Census Recovery Plan to create jobs, strengthen the economy and conduct a successful 2010 Census. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Census Bureau was provided $1 billion.
- Coverage Follow-Up Enhancement ($30 million)
- Partnership Program Enhancement ($120 million)
- Public Outreach ($100 million)
- Group Quarters Operations ($138 million)
- Update Leave ($116 million)
- Update/Enumerate ($108 million)
- Local Census Office Staffing Operation ($388 million)
Thursday, April 9, 2009
- Substantial increase in participation by African American, Latino and under-30 groups
- Largest turnout gains were among minority youth, who turned out 5-10% more in 2008 over 2004
- A drop in participation by white and older voters
“The right to vote is one of our most precious freedoms, guaranteed to all eligible U.S. citizens regardless of their race, gender, religion, income level or social status, and policymakers must be especially careful when tinkering with this fundamental right,” said Gov. Henry in his veto message. Read the press release.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
April 1st- "Norm Coleman's lawyers all but conceded defeat Tuesday and promised to appeal after a panel of three judges ordered no more than 400 new absentee ballots opened and counted, far fewer than the Republican had sought to overcome the lead held by DFLer Al Franken." Read more.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Thanks to Phil Sparks of Communications Consortium Media Center for this update.