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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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Back From the Not-So-Dead: NCSL Talks Voter ID in October Canvass

Few topics are more perennial in the elections sphere than voter identification.

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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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