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Turning up ways to boost voter turnout

There’s an old joke I’ve heard one time too many. It goes like this: A politician is asked to respond to an election with turnout so low that only three voters showed up. The response: “Fine, as long as two of them vote for me.”

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NCSL Launches Initiative & Referendum Database

How has the initiative and referendum process changed over the years? What are some laws that could be affecting my state this year?

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3D Printing Aiding Many Industries - And One Little Girl

The focus of Thursday’s Legislative Summit session on 3D printing—which produces 3D models directly from designs—was on innovation and applications.But all of a sudden the room got misty.

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Unclear if States Will Face Scrutiny of Elections Policy

State and federal lawmakers are far from done with fallout from the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision that disengaged a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.

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Webinar Thursday on Energy Development and the Department of Defense

While the Department of Defense is a strong proponent of renewable energy, the department is also responsible for ensuring that wind turbines, solar panels and other infrastructure located on or near military installations do not conflict with test and training activities.

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States Acting to Reform Individual Health Insurance

The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes more than a dozen consumer protections aimed at fixing previous local variations or shortcomings in availability, affordability and adequacy of individual market health insurance.

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States, Cities—Wet and Dry—Embracing Water Recycling

Many tourists love to watch the beautiful, intricate water show at Las Vegas’ Bellagio. What they may not realize is the water that splashes the crowd is non-drinkable recycled water.

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Vegas: Where State-of-the-Art Elections Are a Sure Bet

The warehouse that houses Clark County’s election department may not have the lights and glitz of the nearby Las Vegas strip, but it is no less awe-inspiring.

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Category: Elections
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No Summer Recess for Infrastructure

With only two weeks left until Washington, D.C., hits its annual summer recess, we saw a pair of announcements from the administration last week that struck a common theme: infrastructure.

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The View of Vote-by-Mail from Washington State

I asked the assembled election officials what’s good and what’s not-so-good about running elections entirely by mail. Here are a few of the answers:

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Category: Elections
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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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