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The Blue Wave Is Coming, But Pollsters Can't Say How High

Los Angeles—Strange and surprising. That’s about as good a summary of this year’s midterm election landscape as you’ll get, in the view of pollsters Kristen Soltis Anderson and Margie Omero, who made the final General Session presentation at NCSL’s Legislative Summit.

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Preparing States for the Real Possibility of an Election Cyberattack

Los Angeles—In the commercial world, a cyberattack likely results in the public losing confidence in the reputation of a product or company. But in government? And specifically, elections? It’s about people losing confidence in America’s entire voting process.

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Voter Turnout, History and the States

Through the latest primaries at the end of June, voter turnout increased, with 13 million voters so far in the Democratic primaries (up from 8.7 at this point in 2014), and 12.3 million in Republican races, an increase of 2 million.

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States, Feds and Election Security

You may have heard something—or a whole lot—about election security recently: Russians, hackers, cyberthreats, misinformation…every day, a new story. The topic is everchanging, so at any point it’s hard to tell what’s what.

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Webinar Wednesday: Revitalizing Civics Education in Schools

Millions of American students and adults continue to be unfamiliar with how their government works, leading experts to sound the alarm about a civics education crisis and call for its revitalization.

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The Halfway Point: Looking at Today's Primaries

After a slew of elections two weeks ago, 26 states have held their primaries, so we're over halfway through primary season.

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Texas Legislature Wins Almost All of Its Racial Gerrymandering Supreme Court Case

Abbott v. Perez is odd and unusually complicated even for a racial gerrymandering case. In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld all but one of Texas’ 2013 congressional and state legislative districts.

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Supreme Court Fails to Offer a Legal Standard for Unconstitutional Partisan Gerrymandering

In 1986 a majority of the Supreme Court agreed that partisan gerrymandering may be unconstitutional in certain circumstances.

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Redistricting: Supreme Court (Doesn’t) Decide

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on what were expected to be a pair of blockbuster redistricting cases—Gill v. Whitford and Benisek v. Lamone. The end result: the status quo has not changed.

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A Sticky Situation at the Polls

After every Election Day, a slew of news articles tout what went right, or focus on what went wrong. This primary season there seems to be a new, yet subtle trend in the news: stickers.

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