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Welcome to The CanvassStates and Election Reform®—a newsletter by NCSL for legislatures. With support provided by the Pew Charitable Trusts, The Canvass is designed to synthesize data, legislative practices, and insight from the 50 states and U.S. territories into an executive summary for legislators and key staff. 

We hope The Canvass will give you an edge in perspective as you work to improve your state's elections, and we welcome your feedback. Feel free to call or email us with any questions or comments.   

Current Issue of The Canvass

The July issue of The Canvass focuses on elections conducted entirely via vote-by-mail. Supporters of all-mail elections say it increases convenience for voters and saves administrative costs but the voting method has raised concerns about chain-of-custody security.

Additionally featured is information about NCSL's recently lauched Elections Administration Research Database, which provides access to over 1,900 reports from state and local elections administrators, nonprofits and government organizations.

This edition also includes an interview about elections policy with Utah Senator Margaret Dayton and a Q&A with David Maeda, city clerk for Minnetonka, Minn.

A printable PDF version of The Canvass also is available.

Topical Index of The Canvass

Featured election articles from past issues of The Canvass can be found in a Topical Index.

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