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June Canvass: Nevada, Vermont Establish Statewide All-Mail Elections

In a year when headlines have been abuzz with states potentially limiting absentee and mail voting, the number of states with universal mail voting has just increased by 40%.

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Colorado Supreme Court Limits Legislature’s Role in Redistricting

Independent redistricting commissions. You’ve heard about them. You may even have an idea of what they are. But the degree of “independence” as contemplated by legislators and advocates varies, and those variations show up in codification.

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'Differential Privacy' Heats Up Census Voting Debate

While we wait for redistricting data to arrive in August, there’s a little-known but hot-hot issue in the redistricting world: differential privacy, the system chosen by the U.S. Census Bureau to protect the privacy of census responses.

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A Case Study: Redistricting in Ohio

In the 2010s, the Ohio General Assembly took the unusual steps of putting redistricting reform measures before Buckeye voters—twice.

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Census Data Will Be Released Aug. 16: Are Alternatives Available in the Meantime?

Nearly five months behind schedule, the delays at the bureau have had significant impacts on states’ abilities to comply with their own redistricting deadlines. While these delays may provide states with new and unique opportunities to gather public input or make policy changes, the primary challenge states face is addressing the legal catch-22 many states find themselves in.

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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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