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Voter ID, citizenship, ranked-choice voting: Here’s what voters in these states decided about rules for future elections | News84Media Politics




Voters in several states on Tuesday were asked whether to amend rules that will determine how elections will be run in the future, focusing on issues such as citizenship and registration, photo identification, and early voting.

Several states have approved new rules, according to News84Media projections. Here’s what we know so far:

Connecticut: Connecticut voters on Tuesday backed a state constitutional amendment to allow no-excuse early voting, clearing the way for the state legislature to further consider the step. Connecticut currently is one of just a handful of states without some form of early, in-person voting before Election Day, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Nebraska: Voters approved a ballot initiative on Tuesday that would require voters in the state to present a valid photo ID to cast ballots which is among the most restrictive in the country, News84Media projects. State lawmakers will be responsible for writing legislation to implement the change.

Ohio: Voters backed an amendment to their state constitution that will bar local governments from allowing non-citizens to vote in local elections. It also requires citizens to be registered voters 30 days ahead of Election Day to cast a ballot.

Several other states also have similar ballot measures that News84Media has not yet projected.

Arizona: A ballot measure that stemmed from Republican legislators’ concerns about the security of the 2020 election would mandate that in-person voters present an unexpired photo ID that includes the voters’ name and address, if approved by voters. (That means that people who might use a US passport as their identification when voting, for example, also would have provided proof of their address, such as a utility bill, according to the underlying legislation.)

Michigan: Michigan voters were asked on Tuesday whether to ease rules for voting in a variety of ways. If passed, it would establish nine days of in-person early voting, require state funding for ballot drop boxes and provide prepaid postage to return absentee ballots, among other things.

Nevada: Nevadans voted on Tuesday to decide if ranked-choice voting will be brought to the state. Ranked-choice voting would establish an open primary in which the top five candidates who received the most votes would move on to the general election.

Then, in the general election, voters would rank their preferences among the remaining candidates. If a candidate is the highest ranked on a majority of ballots in the general election, that candidate is declared the winner and the tabulation is over. If no candidate emerges as the outright winner, more rounds of tabulation would proceed. The ranked-choice voting measure must pass in 2024 as well. If voters approve the measure in two elections, state lawmakers would have to pass legislation implementing the change and it would go into effect for the 2026 elections.