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Primaries On Our Minds: 2022 Dates and 2021 Legislation

With the 2020 election behind us and just a handful of odd-year elections in 2021, many elected officials, staff members and election experts are already turning their attention to 2022. That includes NCSL’s Elections and Redistricting team.

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Census Data Coming in Sept ... Wait, What? AUGUST!!!

Redistricting data will be available to the states in the last half of August. That’s the latest news from the U.S. Census Bureau, and it didn’t get the attention it deserves, so let me say it again: Redistricting data will arrive in late August, which means redistricting can start soon thereafter.

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How Elections Have Changed Since 2000—Read More in the February Canvass

“The biggest change since 2000 is that voting has gotten more convenient for, and fairer to, voters thanks to reforms to every part of the process,” says Doug Chapin, director of election research at Fors Marsh Group.

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Supreme Court to Decide Case Challenging Nonprofit Donor Disclosure State Law

In Americans for Prosperity v. Becerra and Thomas More Law Center v. Becerra the petitioners claim that a California law requiring them to submit to the California attorney general their IRS Form 990 Schedule B, which lists their largest donors, violates the First Amendment.

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Alaskans Approve Sweeping Election Changes

Election results might be old news in most states, but in Alaska, it’s still breaking news.

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Ballot Measures Change Legislative Operations

In addition to establishing or continuing COVID-19 protocols, a handful of states sought voter approval on alterations to legislative operations. These may not be the flashiest of ballot measures—they don’t get the same attention as marijuana or election measures, for example—but they directly affect NCSL’s members and how they members can do their jobs.

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Some Noteworthy Election Firsts—and How Former State Lawmakers Fared

While most Americans were glued to the Presidential race between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump, history was being made down the ballot with several noteworthy firsts.

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Recounts? There’s a Law for That

Since the election, NCSL’s elections-info@ncsl.org inbox has been filled with citizen inquiries on how election recounts work. If they’re asking, it’s likely our constituents—lawmakers and legislative staff—want to know more too.

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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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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.