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All-Mail Voting Increases Turnout and Saves Money in Hawaii Special Election

Results from Hawaii's recent all-mail special election for Congress are in--and the clear winner was the mail voting system that dramatically increased turnout and saved the state sorely needed money. 

Youth Registration Law Approved in Maryland

With a vote on the final day of the Maryland legislative session and an expected governor's signature, Maryland will become the fifth state with 16-year-old youth voter pre-registration.  The bill, HB 217, is expected to create thousands of new voters and encourage participation among young people.

Update: Options for Reining in Corporate Election Cash in Wake of Citizens United Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission (FEC) decision earlier this year gave corporations the same First Amendment rights as citizens with regard to advocating for or against political candidates, unleashing a flood of new corporate cash into state races and a range of new state policy initiatives that aim to protect the integrity of their elections.  In response, states are pursuing other reforms, such as requiring shareholder approval for corporations spending election cash, tighter public disclosure and attribution in ads, public financing of elections, and calling for a federal constitutional amendment to reverse the Citizens United decision.

Vote by Mail: Saving Money in Colorado

Highlighting the gains from allowing vote by mail options, Boulder County has joined a growing list of Colorado counties and localities that will conduct the 2010 primary election only by mail.

Election Reform: Multi-State Agenda Campaign Update

The major election reforms PSN is promoting this session are new options for voting by mail and national popular vote.  Permanent absentee voting, sometimes called “no-excuse voting” allows registered voters to vote by mail without having provide an excuse to register for an absentee ballot before each election. Laws like these address voting barriers and will help drive voter turnout in states across the country - just in time for the coming 2010 and 2012 election years.