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Women Legislative Candidates Jump 28 Percent Since 2016

When women run, women win. So, what happens when more women run than ever before? This year is already breaking records for women in state legislatures, as January marked the first time the nationwide share of women serving reached 25 percent.

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A Cybersecurity Newbie Attends One of NCSL’s Elections Security Meetings

I’m still a bit new to the elections and redistricting team at NCSL, and to the organization as a whole. So I jumped at the chance to attend Elections Security: States Teaming Up in the Great Lakes Region, my first in-person meeting hosted by NCSL.

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Category: Elections
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State Legislatures Magazine: Midterm Legislative Races, Ballot Measures

When midterm elections roll around, most voters aren’t thinking about their legislature.

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Veto Overrides: Now (and Potentially) Post-Election

NCSL often counts heads, chambers, legislatures and states by party. Now that the general election is just 73 days away, it’s worth a quick review of those four measures

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Ballots and Beer: America's Tipsy Relationship

Ballots and beer seem to be sewn into the very fabric of this nation. Many Americans can relate to having a drink or two while watching the election returns, and then, maybe a few more either in celebration or disappointment.

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In Memoriam: Redistricting Pioneer Tom Hofeller

With a curmudgeonly nature leavened by a twinkle in his eye, Tom Hofeller was one of the nation’s best brains when it came to thinking spatially and legally. In other words, he was a redistricter par excellence.

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Do Election Primary Snafus Portend November Troubles?

As of last Tuesday, 40 states have held their primary elections, meaning we are most of the way through primary season—and are fast approaching November’s general election.

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Counting, Citizenship Questions Abound for Census Official at Summit

Los Angeles—In a fiery session at the recent NCSL Legislative Summit, James Whitehorne, chief of the redistricting and voting rights office of the U.S. Census Bureau, faced questions from an overflowing room touching on all aspects of the 2020 Census.

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Category: Elections, Census
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From Redistricting to Right to Work: This Year’s Ballot Measures (So Far)

Missouri voters’ repeal of a right-to-work law was the highest-profile result of a dozen ballot measures decided during the primary season. The remaining ballot issues will be on general election ballots in November.

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States Taking Election Cybersecurity Seriously

Los Angeles—If you have only been reading news headlines about vote-hacking risks or Russian interference, it might be easy to conclude that America has been sitting on its hands when it comes to election security since 2016.

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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.