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Politics in Brief - March 18 2019

GA LEGISLATURE APPROVES SWITCH TO NEW VOTING MACHINES

GEORGIA’s GOP-controlled General Assembly has passed a bill (HB 316) providing for the adoption of new voting machines that utilize touchscreens and paper ballots for review by voters, sending the measure to Gov. Brian Kemp (R) for his signature. Democrats attempted to block the legislation, contending that the new machines will be just as susceptible to hacking and errors as the state’s current machines. (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, LEXISNEXIS STATE NET)

 

DE LAWMAKERS ADOPT NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE COMPACT

DELAWARE’s Democrat-led General Assembly approved legislation (SB 22) adopting the national popular vote interstate compact, which, if signed by Gov. John Carney (D), would award the state’s three electoral votes to the presidential candidate that wins the most votes nationwide, if enough other states to constitute 270 electoral votes sign onto the agreement. The tally currently stands at 181, with eleven Democratic-leaning states and the District of Columbia having already adopted the compact. (WBOC-TV [SALISBURY], LEXISNEXIS STATE NET)

 

NM LAWMAKERS CLAMP DOWN ON ‘DARK MONEY’

NEW MEXICO’s Democrat-controlled Legislature has passed a bill (SB 3) requiring that so-called “dark money” expenditures - those made without direct coordination with candidates or campaigns - in statewide elections that exceed $3,000 be reported to state election officials. The bill now goes to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D). (ASSOCIATED PRESS, LEXISNEXIS STATE NET)

 

U.S. HOUSE ENDORSES D.C. STATEHOOD

The U.S. House passed a bill (HR 1) that, among several other things, includes support for statehood for the District of Columbia. The “For the People Act” is the first legislation approved by a chamber of Congress endorsing statehood for the district. (WTOP-FM [WASHINGTON D.C.)

-- Compiled by KOREY CLARK