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State Elections 2020: Redistricting Ballot Measures

At the beginning of the year, it looked like this could be a busy November for redistricting ballot measures: Citizens initiatives were organizing in more than half a dozen states, and legislatures were considering several referral measures of their own. Then COVID-19 hit, and the difficulties of political organizing during a pandemic stymied many groups. In the end, three redistricting measures made it on the ballot, all of which were referred to the ballot by legislatures.

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Here and There: How People Vote

“The U.S. is one of the few countries where no-excuse absentee voting is even a thing!” That was the big takeaway after we talked absentee voting with the Carter Center’s Avery Davis-Roberts.

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Elections Flood the Courts—Read More in the September Canvass

Overwhelmed by the surge of pre-election lawsuits? Intrigued by which cases will end up at the U.S. Supreme Court? Ready to brace yourself for potential post-election litigation?

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Mail Voting: What’s Temporary and What’s Permanent?

Does California use vote-by-mail? That question is harder to answer than you might think.

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Double Trouble: How States Keep People From Voting Twice

In the last few days, we’ve noticed a rare interest in how states keep people from voting twice.

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SCOTUS Leaving Stay-At-Home Orders Alone; Disallowing Judge-Made Changes to Election Laws

Since April, the Supreme Court has handled numerous emergency requests related to COVID-19.

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Women's Suffrage Law Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Today (Aug. 26) marks the 100th  anniversary of the 19 Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, becoming law. To celebrate this historic event in U.S. history, the Women’s Legislative Network held a celebratory event highlighting the past, present and future of honoring women.

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#Trending? Ballot Measures, Tech and a Sign of the Times

As a student at Stanford, a university located at the epicenter of Silicon Valley, I am hyper-aware of the contemporary issues salient to the tech industry.

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Messages to Help Your Constituents Vote

At NCSL we’re usually thinking about what lawmakers need to know. Yet as the elections team fields more and more voter questions, we thought we’d take a moment to consider what voters need to know—and how legislators can help.

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Supreme Court OKs Consent Decree Changing Rhode Island Mail Ballot Requirements

The Supreme Court refused to overturn a consent decree in which Rhode Island state government officials agreed, due to COVID-19, to not enforce state law requiring the signature of two witnesses or a notary public for mail ballots.

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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.