RCV is having a rough week coast-to-coast
San Diego reformers were hoping to make big changes to how the city votes — like opening up the primary and using ranked-choice voting in the general election. But the city council killed that idea. Speaking of RCV, now there are four voters in Maine who are trying to stop it in its tracks.
Captain America might not be coming to save democracy, but his real-life counterpart is making an effort. Marvel star Chris Evans has launched an app to help with civic engagement.
And in New York, voters might soon be able to automatically register to vote. (The bill is still waiting on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's John Hancock.)
Here's your latest vote-by-mail news:
- For anyone hoping for a change to Arkansas' absentee ballot rules — think, again. The lawsuit seeking changes was dismissed this week.
- Hey, Maryland. Get ready for a "normal" election this fall. Since the primary was such a debacle, Gov. Larry Hogan is planning to spend big — about $21 million — in November.
- There were absentee ballot expansions in Alabama, Vermont and Connecticut.
- A new poll says about half the country is worried that voting by mail will cause more voter fraud this fall.
- And Florida settled a lawsuit that will loosen vote-by-mail restrictions for its upcoming primary.
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