This year has seen a number of new laws that will improve ballot access and streamline the election process for both voters and elections officials.
Colorado recently passed the Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act that includes provisions for Election Day Registration and portable registration, in addition to creating a bipartisan task force to study voting changes and consider future reforms.
Last month, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed HB 7013 into law which will take effect January 1, 2014. The new law increases the number of early voting days and hours allowed, expands the types of sites that can be used as early voting locations, allows new residents to change their addresses at the polls, and gives absentee voters who forgot to sign their ballot the opportunity to correct the mistake.
In addition to expanding early voting, Maryland will allow same-day registration during the early voting period beginning in 2016. Both Virginia and West Virginia have passed online voter registration, bringing the number of states that have passed or implemented online registration to nineteen.