By Karen Shanton

For the past 12 years, has been the go-to place for elections junkies in search of comprehensive, nonpartisan information about election reform. Director Doug Chapin, editor Mindy Moretti and the other researchers and writers who have been part of the electionline team over the years have consistently brought us top news, interesting profiles and insightful analysis.

Fall forum logoOne of electionline’s signature features is the In and Out List, an annual roundup of what’s in and out in the world of election reform. Earlier this year, electionline went on indefinite hiatus but they were kind enough to publish one last pre-hiatus In and Out List before signing off.

As we might expect given the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby County v. Holder this summer, the Voting Rights Act features prominently in this year’s list. Voter ID, vote-by-mail and the new Presidential Commission on Election Administration also all make appearances. Check out the Aug. 8 issue of electionlineWeekly for the full list.

We’re crossing our fingers that our friends from electionline will be back from hiatus soon. But, if you need an elections fix in the meantime and will be in the Washington, D.C., area Dec. 3-4, come join electionline director Doug Chapin and NCSL’s Redistricting and Elections Task Force during a pre-conference to NCSL's Fall Forum for a discussion of what to expect in elections policy in 2014. The session, which features Ned Foley of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, John Fortier of the Bipartisan Policy Center and Alysoun McLaughlin of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, will kick off a complete elections and redistricting program with sessions on topics ranging from election apps and gadgets to the future of the Voting Rights Act.

Please see here for more information about the elections and redistricting program and contact Wendy Underhill or Morgan Cullen to register.

Karen Shanton is a legislative studies specialist and American Council of Learned Societies public fellow at NCSL.

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