• Potential ID biometrics study in New Mexico – Link to ABC News

    The push to require New Mexico voters to present some form of identification at the polls has long divided Democrats and Republicans, but one state senator is taking the debate in another direction. Senate Minority Whip William Payne introduced a proposal this week that calls for the state’s top elections officials to study the feasibility of bringing biometrics into the mix.

    That could mean anything from retinal scans to the thumbprint-imaging technology used to access smartphones. After hearing the same debate year after year, the Albuquerque Republican said he wanted to find a way to take some of the “venom” out of the argument that requiring photo identification would lead to voter suppression.

    “This could put to rest the criticism that voters cannot afford to produce reliable photo identification when they vote,” Payne said. “Everyone has an eyeball or thumb that could be scanned for identification. No need to produce a photo ID.” While other countries have adopted biometrics for identification purposes, the idea has yet to take off in the U.S. Oklahoma was the first state last year to propose legislation that would require future voter ID cards to include photos as well as fingerprint images, but that measure stalled in committee.

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  • The Associated Press reports that Virginia Black lawmakers are unhappy with a lawsuit filed by the Democratic Party that focuses on reducing majority minority seats designed to increase Democrats in the Virginia House of Delegates. A columnist in Richmond states this is part of the the strategy of Governor McAuliffe and Democrats to retake power in Virginia.

    A lawsuit seeking to redraw Virginia House district boundaries has surprised and sparked concern among some of the Democratic African-American lawmakers.  A suit filed in December by a law firm with ties to the Democratic Party argues that state Republicans illegally packed black voters into a dozen House districts when it drew new district lines in 2011.  But many of the African-American lawmakers who represent those districts said they weren’t consulted about the lawsuit before it was filed.

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  • The Hartford Courant has the latest:

    A proposal by the city council to begin the process of removing Hartford’s three registrars has raised questions over what would happen to the office.

    State law says the deputy registrars would take over. But the city charter says the council has the power to fill vacancies that arise in elected positions.  Council President Shawn Wooden said he is hoping a bill that would allow the city to appoint a single, nonpartisan registrar will solve the issue… Wooden said the change would create “a clear line of accountability” in the office.

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