Elections changes revived

Posted June 15, 2011

It's back: Senate Bill 47, a sweeping election law rewrite favored by conservative lawmakers, is expected to emerge on the House floor tonight.

On Tuesday, the House Elections committee amended the bill to remove a provision getting rid of same-day voter registration. 

But in the latest version of the bill, expected to be approved later today in committee, that provision has magically reappeared. 

While there's no telling what might happen to the measure in committee later, here's what's in it now: 

  • Repeals same-day voter registration
  • Shortens early voting by a week
  • Bans Sunday early voting (aka "Souls to the Polls, popular in some African-American churches)
  • Bans straight-ticket voting
  • Limits contributions to political parties to no more than $250,000 per election from any "entity"

No word yet on the time of the House Elections meeting.  Follow me on Twitter @nccapitol for the latest updates.

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  • Chatham Rebel Jun 16, 2011

    I am so glad to see this bill in congress and I hope it passes. I have said for years the most unfair vote is the straight ticket with some people (Bev) riding in on others coat tails. Thank you Rep. Lewis!