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Key Votes

2017 All Campaign Finance and Elections Key Votes

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 The 2016 Election is over, but things are not quiet in politics! Citizens have been busy using votesmart.org to find out what their officials and candidates have been up to.

We went through our website and pulled our most viewed webpages from over the past month, to give you an idea of the topics that seem to be sparking the interest of our users.

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Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
Nov. 7, 2017 WI AB 153 Amends State Election Recount Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 13)
Oct. 17, 2017 NC SB 656 Prohibits Part Primaries for Certain 2018 Court Elections Veto Override Passed - House (72 - 40)
Oct. 16, 2017 NC SB 656 Prohibits Part Primaries for Certain 2018 Court Elections Veto Override Passed - Senate (26 - 15)
Sept. 26, 2017 PA HB 171 Authorizes Any Registered Vote to be Appointed a Poll Watcher Bill Passed - House (106 - 91)
Sept. 14, 2017 MI SB 335 Authorizes Unrestricted Campaign Contributions by PACs Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 12)
June 21, 2017 OH HB 41 Amends Absentee Voting Procedures Bill Passed - House (64 - 30)
June 6, 2017 NC SB 655 Authorizes Even-Year Primaries to be Held in March Bill Passed - House (71 - 46)
June 1, 2017 NH SB 3 Establishes New Voter Eligibility Requirements Bill Passed - House (191 - 162)
May 31, 2017 RI H 5702A Authorizes Automatic Voter Registration at DMV Bill Passed - House (62 - 10)
May 6, 2017 TX HB 25 Prohibits One-Punch Straight Ticket Voting Bill Passed - House (88 - 57)
May 5, 2017 IL SB 1933 Authorizes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
May 4, 2017 CA AB 84 Authorizes Earlier Presidential Primary Bill Passed - House (52 - 20)
April 27, 2017 MI HB 4177 Amends Guidelines for Party Labels on Ballots Bill Passed - House (63 - 46)
April 25, 2017 NY S 1229 Establishes Term Limits for Legislative Leadership Positions Bill Passed - Senate (49 - 9)
April 24, 2017 NE LB 75 Restores Voting Rights Upon Completion of a Felony Sentence Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 13)
April 21, 2017 MT SB 368 Increases the Individual Limit for Campaign Contributions Bill Passed - House (54 - 46)
April 5, 2017 DE SB 27 Establishes Bipartisan Commission for Drawing Legislative Districts Bill Passed - Senate (12 - 7)
April 3, 2017 TN SB 38 Amends Provisions for Campaign Fundraising Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 2)
March 30, 2017 ME LD 156 Repeals Electoral College Bill Failed - House (66 - 73)
March 28, 2017 NH SB 3 Establishes New Voter Eligibility Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 9)
March 23, 2017 IA HF 516 Requires Identification to Vote Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 21)
March 20, 2017 CA AB 18 Authorizes a Ballot Measure to Appropriate $3 Billion to State Parks Bill Passed - House (59 - 19)
March 16, 2017 NJ S 3048 Requires Presidential Candidates to Disclose Tax Returns Bill Passed - House (49 - 25)
March 13, 2017 NJ S 3048 Requires Presidential Candidates to Disclose Tax Returns Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
March 9, 2017 IA HF 516 Requires Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (59 - 40)
March 8, 2017 NC HB 100 Restores Partisan Court Elections Concurrence Vote Passed - House (74 - 43)
March 8, 2017 AR HB 1047 Requires Voters to Provide Identification When Voting Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
Feb. 22, 2017 NV IP 1 Requires Automatic Voter Registration when Applying for Driver's License Bill Passed - House (27 - 15)
Jan. 31, 2017 AR HB 1047 Requires Voters to Provide Identification When Voting Bill Passed - House (74 - 21)

About the Selection and Description of Key Votes

Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the project's community of advisors, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.

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