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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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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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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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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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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.