Ask your Representatives to VOTE YES!
Register support to your House Representatives for SB 5890 HERE.
PASSED THE SENATE!
• The substitute bill PASSED the SENATE on January 24th with unanimous support! Yeas, 49; Nays, 0; Absent, 0; Excused, 0.
• The bill had public hearing in the House State Government & Tribal Relations Committee on February 14th You can view hearing HERE.
• The bill also had an executive session House State Government & Tribal Relations Committee on February 16th, and PASSED out of the committee with unanimous support. It will now be referred to the House Rules Committee.
Bill Summary of First Substitute Bill:
• Requires county auditors to contact voters by phone or email when notifying voters their ballot is unsigned or the signature does not match the one on file, if the voter's contact information is available.
• Directs the Secretary of State to adopt statewide standards for signature verification, a training manual for implementing the standards, and tools to confirm compliance with the standards.
• Requires county auditors to develop a community outreach plan to educate voters about signature verification requirements.
• Creates a work group to approve a uniform ballot envelope design to be used by all counties in each election beginning with the 2026 primary election.
• Establishes other measures to assist voters and election officials with signature verification requirements.
Legislator & Staff Information
Committee & Bill Information
Submitting Written Testimony
How to Register to Testify Remotely
Additional Information About Testifying
Check The Schedule
Check the legislative website to know when a bill is scheduled to be heard. Be advised, schedules can change quickly, especially in the final days of a legislative session. You can also contact the legislative staff of the bill's prime sponsor to get an idea of when the bill might be heard in committee for public comment.
Know the Process and Players
Before testifying, know who is sponsoring the bill, who supports or opposes the bill and why. Be familiar with the committee chairs, committee members, and legislative staff. You may also let the sponsor of the bill or key legislators know beforehand you are testifying on the bill, especially if you are representing a group or organization. They may have specific points they want you to focus on.
Know the Purpose of Your Testimony
Understand why you are testifying. Are you there to persuade, dissuade, provide expertise, or delay action on a bill? Know how to separate out the important points of your testimony to ensure they are heard. Personal stories are a good way to illustrate your testimony and can make the biggest impact on committee members.
Essential Components of Your Testimony
Build Strategic Coalitions with "Likely Voters"
Do Your Research
Schedule Your Meeting
Be Polite, Professional and On Time
Introduce Yourself as a Constituent Who Votes
Making Your Ask & Providing Materials
Other Important Tips and Follow Up