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Mail Dispute Could Be Hurdle for Overseas Voters

It should be no surprise that mail plays an important role in elections, particularly for those living abroad. In 2016 almost 3 million voting-eligible citizens lived overseas, according to the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), a Department of Defense program.

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Attendees at NCSL’s redistricting seminar in Providence were given the chance to get hands-on practice with drawing districts. The seminar offered a virtual mapmaking exercise to redistrict 14 state house districts in Dallas County, Texas.  

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Recall Elections: Embodying Spirit of Democracy or Political Tool?

When state legislators do something we don’t like, do we have to wait until the next general election to vote them out of office, or should we be able to get rid of them right away?

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Virginia House Lacks Standing to Defend Redistricting Plan

Does one chamber of a state legislature have “standing” to litigate a redistricting case? Not unless state law says so, the Supreme Court ruled.  

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The Wide Wild World of Redistricting—May Edition

Next month will be the peak of the annual redistricting news cycle, as the Supreme Court is expected to deliver its opinions on two partisan gerrymandering cases and one racial gerrymandering case. These are big deals (at least for politicos).

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Early Voting - Fewer Holdouts Remain

It is rare that all 50 states agree on any one topic. Like siblings, states have their own, distinct way of doing things that makes each different from the rest. This is often visible in state policy decisions.

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Alabama Goes Big on the Census

Every Alabamian matters. How, then, can the Yellowhammer State make sure every Alabamian is counted in next year’s U.S. census?

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2020 Census: One Year From Today and Counting

It is important for everyone residing in the United States to be counted in the census to ensure all voices are heard and represented. The census equals fair representation and fair federal funding for states, cities and communities every year until 2030.

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SCOTUS Hears Oral Argument in Partisan Gerrymandering Cases

The Supreme Court heard oral argument—yet again—in two cases arguing it should adopt a standard for when partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional.

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Supreme Court Hears First Big Redistricting Case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday heard the first of three big redistricting cases this session, Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill.

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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.