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Happy International Day of Democracy!

Created in 2007 by the United Nations, the International Day of Democracy promotes democratic governance among UN Charter nations and the human rights conferred under democratic systems, such as power, full participation and personal agency.

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Voting While Homeless? You Bet

In 2020, the population of people experiencing homelessness in the United States was 580,466, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Generally, about a third of this group is likely to be registered but just 10% actually vote.

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Census Redistricting Data Arrives A Little Bit Early

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that detailed data from the 2020 decennial census (aka P.L. 94-171 redistricting file, aka “the redistricting data”) will arrive on Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. ET. This comes as surprising news as the U.S. Census Bureau had promised it by Aug. 16.

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Census Bureau Announces Traditional Redistricting Data Not Recommended for Use This Decade

The Census Bureau released a blog yesterday describing what the redistricting data will look like when it is released in three weeks. It will reflect the demographic changes and shifts that normally occur every 10 years, but it will also show the effects of the COVID pandemic and differential privacy.

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July Canvass: Voting Challenges and Solutions for Citizens Abroad

Watermarks grace our passports, the cash in our wallets, and now even our ballots. Some states, such as California and Tennessee, require watermarks on their ballots to prevent counterfeit ballots from being processed and counted.

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NCSL Intern Dives Into Elections Research

Diana Jordan, a rising senior at Stanford University from Sacramento, Calif., majoring in political science, is a summer intern in NCSL's Elections Program. She produced this Q&A blog for Stanford's Bill Lane Center for the American West.

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Salt Lake City Bound: Let's Talk All Things Redistricting

What’s really great is that we have the nation’s redistricting experts gathered all in one place. We have litigators who can go toe-to-toe in a courtroom, but in Salt Lake City, they’ll be sitting side-by-side on the stage, sharing their expertise.

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RCV, It’s Easy as 1-2-3. Or Is It?

All eyes are on New York City as it works to complete counting the largest ranked choice voting (RCV) election in U.S. history.

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SCOTUS Upholds Arizona’s Voting Requirements

In Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that Arizona’s requirement that ballots cast in the wrong precinct and ballots collected by anyone other than a limited group of people not be counted didn’t violate §2 of the Voting Rights Act. 

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Redistricting Is Way Behind Last Decade

After last year’s floods, fires, and of course, a pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau redistricting data is scheduled to be almost five months late.

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