OR GOV SIGNS ELECTION BILLS

OREGON Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed legislation this month that will allow Oregonians to mail in their election ballots for free starting with the November 2020 contests. Brown also signed a measure that will require so-called “dark money” groups to disclose large donors, but it won’t take effect until December 2020. (OREGON PUBLIC BROADCASTING)

IL SPENDING BIG ON ELECTION SECURITY

State and local officials in ILLINOIS are spending millions of dollars to upgrade their election systems’ cyber defenses, including hiring internet security specialists and buying new polling machines. Election websites in at least 21 states were targeted by Russian hackers in 2016, but Illinois suffered a significant breach of its voter database, exposing the names, addresses, partial Social Security numbers and other personal information of 76,000 voters (CHICAGO TRIBUNE)

MT SLOWING PLANS FOR NEW VOTING SYSTEM

MONTANA will hold off on implementing a new voting system until 2021 instead of doing so before the 2020 election as planned, according to the secretary of state’s office. County election administrators had expressed “grave concerns” about the aggressive timeline of the transition. (INDEPENDENT RECORD [HELENA])

-- Compiled by KOREY CLARK