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Entries for November 2020

09
COVID19 Crisis Shifts Priorities for Legislative IT Staff

In an August survey, key information technology CIOs and directors in state legislatures said they have shifted priorities and provided new services to meet the demands of a remote workforce and to support virtual legislative sessions and hearings.

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09
State Vote 2020: Leadership Updates

Going into Election Day, we expected 22 of the 99 chambers to lose their top leader, mostly from term limits and retirements. Though, four top leaders lost their primaries earlier in the year: West Virginia Senate, New Mexico Senate; Delaware Senate and Alaska Senate.

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State Elections 2020: Post-Election Ballot Measure Updates

So far, voters have passed at least 76 of 124 statewide ballot measures, with a large handful still waiting to be called—especially in the western states.

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2020 Legislative Election Results: It’s Status Quo in the States

For the visual learners out there, compare the postelection map of legislative control against the map of preelection control. Can you spot the differences? Probably not. At this point there are no changes. That is phenomenal in and of itself.

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Supreme Court Denies Prison Officers Qualified Immunity

In a very brief, unauthored opinion the U.S. Supreme Court denied qualified immunity in Taylor v. Riojas to a number of correctional officers who confined Trent Taylor to a “pair of shockingly unsanitary cells” for six days. The court didn’t hear oral argument in this case, and Justice Amy Coney Barrett didn’t participate in it. 

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Latest Results for State Legislative and Ballot Issues

Days to report? Parsing exit polls? Lawyers on the courthouse steps? Not in rural, remote New Hampshire where Dixville Notch's five voters head to the polls at midnight.

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03
An Ode to “I Voted” Stickers

My earliest memory of Election Day is tagging along with my mom to vote at a local church. I was maybe seven years old, and my patience while she filled out her ballot was rewarded with my very own “I Voted” sticker.

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03
Here and There: Who Runs Elections

I work in elections, so of course I ask my friends if they’ve voted. But I also ask, “How are you voting?” by which I mean, what method have they chosen to exercise their democratic rights. I voted by mail in Colorado, and my friends shared stories of voting early in-person in New York, by absentee ballot in South Carolina or their plans to do so in person on Election Day in Alabama.

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Category: Elections
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02
What Happens After the Voting Ends?

Tomorrow is Election Day—but by no means the end of election processes.

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02
Check In With NCSL for the Latest Election Night Results

NCSL likes to be the first to have the news about state elections. Presidential and congressional results? Others have those races amply covered. But for news from the states, NCSL is tops.

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