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The Election Administator's Prayer - An Addendum

For years, the election administrator’s prayer has been “Please, please, please let the winners win big.”  The idea is that close elections are the ones that require recounts (a time-consuming and expensive process) and draw questions about procedures and accuracy.

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Category: Elections
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In the Hunt for Votes – Bears, Wolves and the Right to Hunt on the Ballot

While states across the country and NCSL staff prepare for the election season, hunters across the country gear up for fall hunting seasons—many of which are well underway.

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State Strategies Guide Long-Term Energy Policies

A comprehensive state energy plan creates a strategy and framework to help states meet changing energy needs and ensure access to affordable, diverse and reliable energy.

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Health Marketplaces Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 15

With fall leaves painting the landscape, it’s time to think about the next open enrollment period to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

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A Day in the Life of a Rural Texas Elections Administrator

There are no shortcuts to running an election, especially when your county is the largest in Texas.

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What's Next For Same-Sex Marriage?

The Supreme Court’s announcement that it would not hear any of the seven petitions striking down same-sex marriage bans was stunning.

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Category: Public Policy
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Lessons From North Dakota's Energy Boom

A bipartisan delegation of state legislators—representing eight states—traveled to North Dakota in June to see first-hand how the state is using a range of modern technologies to extract fossil resources.

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Legislative Staff Meet Communications Challenges Head on at LINCS PDS

Working as a communications professional in state legislatures is trickier than ever.

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Voters to Decide on 147 Statewide Ballot Measures

Voters in 40 states and the District of Columbia will  face 137 statewide ballot measures—those policy questions on which voters get to be the final deciders.

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Category: Elections
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There's an Elections App for That!

In a bid to make election information more accessible to a population that spends more and more of its time staring at a smart phone screen, election jurisdictions across the country are creating apps for smart phones that provide voters with essential information about the upcoming election.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.

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