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Mississippi's Almost Open Primaries

Mississippi is among 39 states where primaries are not completely closed. So, when you live in Mississippi you can vote in whichever primary you like.

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What's an Election Cycle? Depends Where You Are

Pundits and politicians alike loosely use the term “election cycle” to reference the applicable time period in which elections occur. But in the campaign finance realm, the precise meaning of election cycle can determine both when candidates can receive contributions, and affect which election (primary or general) the contributions will count toward.

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California, New York Forge Ahead with Voting Preclearance

One year after a Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act and allowed states to make changes to elections laws without first seeking federal approval, at least two states are looking to create their own systems of preclearance.

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Wisconsin Elections: Decentralized Down to the Village Level

Wisconsin is a unique case study in elections administration because it is highly decentralized. Elections are run by 1,852 jurisdictions at the city, town and village level, rather than on the county level as in most other states.

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NCSL Launches Elections Administration Research Database

NCSL has launched the Elections Administration Research Database, which brings together over 1,900 reports that, altogether, address a wide range of elections topics. It is supported by generous funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Elections Technology CliffsNotes

We had the chance to go to a cool event in Denver last week. Academics, administrators and voting system testing experts (the techies that make sure our voting machines are working as they should) gathered. We, from NCSL, were a bit out of our element—or so we initially thought. 

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Maryland Suit Claims Voting System Unfair to People With Disabilities

A Maryland lawsuit has drawn attention to the challenge of ensuring each person has privacy and independence during voting.

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Minnesota's Election System Gets High Marks

Minnesota’s election system is a rightful source of pride. Turnout is consistently the highest in the nation, and the North Star State recently received high marks from the Elections Performance Index, a tool designed by the Pew Charitable Trusts to encourage election improvements at the state level.

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The Certain Uncertainty of Voter ID

In life, nothing is certain except death and taxes. With voter ID, nothing is certain except court challenges and media attention.

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Minnesota legislature moves quickly to keep online registration open

Minnesota’s online voter registration website never missed a beat last week thanks to the swift passage of a bill that defined the Legislature as the proper authority for setting state elections policy.

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