Michigan Bill to End Elections for Partisan Educational Posts Faces Opposition

On February 15, the Michigan House Elections Committee held a hearing on several bills to eliminate elections for statewide educational posts. According to this Detroit News article, Democrats in the legislature oppose the idea, and because the bills need a two-thirds vote in the legislature, they are unlikely to pass. Thanks to John Anthony LaPietra for the link.

North Carolina Legislature Passes Bill for Composition of State Election Board

On February 13, the North Carolina legislature passed HB 90, which says the Governor may appoint all nine members of the State Election Board. He must appoint four Democrats, four Republicans, and one person who is neither. The old law on composition of the State Board was struck down by the State Supreme Court late last year. That law provided for an eight-member board, four Democrats and four Republicans.

New Mexico Legislature Adjourns Without Passing Resolution for Study of Election Laws, but Study Likely to Go Ahead Anyway

The New Mexico legislature adjourned at noon on Thursday, February 15. The House Joint Memorial to set up a committee to study election law reform issues failed to pass. It had passed the House unanimously and the Senate Committee unanimously, but then it ran out of time.

However, the Secretary of State will probably set up the study group anyway. The bill had said the study group would study ballot access, non-partisan redistricting, ranked choice voting, proportional representation, automatic voter registration, public financing, and primary systems.

South Dakota Bill Mandating Primaries for All State Offices is Withdrawn

On February 14, South Dakota HB 1259 was withdrawn by its sponsors. It would have changed nomination procedures for South Dakota statewide state elective positions other than Governor. Current law says all qualified parties, large and small alike, choose nominees for the executive statewide posts (other than Governor) in conventions in the summer. The bill would have said they should all be nominated by primary. Thanks to Lori Stacey for this news.