By John Mahoney
With the Democratic presidential primary, congressional investigations and the World Series monopolizing the news cycle, it’s understandable if you don’t have next Tuesday circled on your calendar. We’re here to remind you, however, that voters in three states will head to the polls Nov. 5 to cast their ballots in state legislative races that will decide the partisan makeup of their legislatures for the next two years.
A total of 394 legislative seats will be up for grabs in Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia, with an additional 144 seats to be decided in Louisiana on Nov. 16. Twenty-one legislative seats will also be up via special election, and 20 ballot measures will be voted on across six states on issues ranging from criminal justice to sports betting.
Chamber control is unlikely to change in Louisiana, Mississippi or New Jersey. Virginia, however, may provide some fireworks come election night. Republicans currently hold a single-seat advantage in both the House and Senate and, due to these tight margins, there is a real possibility that the Old Dominion will become the 15th state under total Democratic control on the morning of Nov. 6.
See NCSL’s StateVote 2019 webpage for a breakdown of current party control in the states, analysis of the races and a rundown of the 20 statewide ballot measures. NCSL’s elections team will report election results early on Nov. 6.
John Mahoney is a policy specialist with NCSL’s Center for Legislative Strengthening.