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Do You Want Your State’s Details on Absentee/Mail Voting?

Have you followed the news about elections lately? If so, probably 1/3 has been about the horseraces, and 2/3 has been about election administration, a complete reversal of the usual status at this point in a general election year.

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Voting Challenges in Indian Country and More in the June Canvass

Just after we published The Canvass saying that voting by mail is hard for many American Indians and Alaska Natives, we received a new report from the Native American Voting Rights Coalition (NAVRC): “Obstacles at Every Turn: Barriers to Political Participation Faced by Native American Voters.”

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June 2 was sort of a Second Super Tuesday, with eight states (Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Dakota) and the District of Columbia running either presidential or state primary elections.

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Now Available: NCSL’s 50-State Summary of Redistricting Systems

If you’d asked NCSL’s elections and redistricting team at the beginning of the year what the hottest issues of 2020 would be, we would have said two things: the 2020 elections and the run-up to next year’s redistricting.

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COVID-19 Brings Historic Changes for Citizen Initiatives

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began and consequently limited in-person signature gathering, I’ve often been asked: Which states allow electronic signatures for citizen initiative petitions? Until recently, the answer was none. Now, it’s one.

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All Elections are Hybrid Elections—Read More in the May Canvass

While many tout the convenience of mail ballots, in this month’s edition of The Canvass, we consider the voters who need or choose to vote in person.

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Need Vote by Mail Information? We’ve Got a Table for That

As election officials and voters consider the value of mail ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more policymakers want to know how other states handle absentee, or mail, voting.

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California the Latest State to Embrace Voting By Mail

California is now the sixth state in the nation with plans to conduct its November general election by mailing ballots to all voters.

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Amid COVID-19, Primaries Continue

With state primaries, the big story this year is about changing dates and changing processes. In 2016, 10 states held their state primaries in April and May. This year, just four states have done, or will do, so—and all of these elections are relying more than ever on absentee, or mail, voting.

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Lots of Questions as Census Bureau Delays the Count

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau asked Congress for permission to delay its 2020 Census data releases by 120 days.

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