Link. Voters in a booming oil New Mexico city are set to decide on an ordinance that would require a photo ID in local elections in what is the latest battleground over requiring strict identification to cast ballots. A special election has been scheduled in Hobbs for Dec. 9 on a proposed voter ID law. The election comes after a number of cities and states across the country have enacted similar measures.
A controversial proposal to offer cash prizes to Los Angeles voters is dead — at least for next year’s city elections. Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson said this week that he wanted more time to consider the idea of using money or other gifts to lure voters to the polls. For now, he is looking to persuade voters on March 3 to move city elections from odd- to even-numbered years — when state and federal contests are held — beginning in 2020. Link.