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How to have an election: An insider's tour of the Denver Elections Division

In previous internship experiences, I have considered access to the ballot box from an advocacy perspective. This summer, I have appreciated my internship at NCSL for exemplifying the potential to impact policy by presenting research and facts to legislators. 

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The Wild West of Primaries: Wyoming and Alaska

Tuesday’s primary wasn’t Wyoming’s first rodeo. But it (nearly) was for Alaska.

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 Supreme Court to Decide Alabama Redistricting Case

In Merrill v. Milligan the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether Alabama’s 2021 congressional redistricting plan, which contains one majority-Black district, violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

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SCOTUS to Consider Independent State Legislature Theory

In this case, North Carolina’s current legislative leaders argue that the “Times, Places and Manner” clause “forbids state courts from reviewing a congressional districting plan [that] violates the state’s own constitution,” an argument known as the “independent state legislature” theory.

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SCOTUS Puts Back in Place Congressional Map Drawn by Louisiana Legislature

n an order in Ardoin v. Robinson containing no written opinions the U.S. Supreme Court has frozen in place a federal district court preliminary injunction which required the Louisiana Legislature to enact a new congressional map with a second black-majority district.

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Primary Season Roars Into May

April was a quiet month in Primaryville, with no states holding primaries. May is another story altogether, with 12 states holding state primaries.

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Evaluate Elections Legislation With NCSL’s Election Bill Rubric

As sessions wind down throughout most of the country, legislators are swamped with reading bills and figuring out how to vote. This is oftentimes easier said than done.

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What happens when redistricting is over? The February issue of The Canvass, NCSL’s election administration newsletter, details the lesser-known post-redistricting workflow, where election administrators get to work matching voters to the correct districts based on newly adopted maps.

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SCOTUS To Decide State Legislature Lawsuit Intervention Case

In Berger v. North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the North Carolina legislature has a right to intervene in a lawsuit to defend North Carolina’s voter ID law when the North Carolina attorney general is already defending the law.

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Election Officials Under Threat—and More in the November Canvass

Election officials across the country have been targeted by threatening messages with some explicit enough to “put a reasonable person in fear of bodily harm or death,” according to a Reuters special report.

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