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SCOTUS Disallows Court-Ordered Changes to Idaho’s Citizen’s Initiative Process

To get a citizen’s initiative on the ballot in Idaho, petitioners must obtain signatures from 6% percent of electors by April 30. Reclaim Idaho asked to be temporarily allowed to gather signatures online due to COVID-19. It sued after state government officials informed it that Idaho statutes don’t allow electronic signatures for petitions and the governor didn’t intend to take executive action.

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You Have Election Questions, NCSL Has Answers

Voters often reach out to the NCSL elections team with questions about absentee ballots, where to vote, when to vote and more. Although it is not NCSL’s stated mission to help voters, as we serve legislators and staff, we feel a responsibility to answer these requests and help voters find what they are looking for.

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California Circumvents Census Calamity

With the Census Bureau’s field operations delayed for months by COVID-19, thus pushing back the release of census operations (if Congress grants the bureau’s request), states dependent on census data are strategizing on how to mitigate the expected delays’ negative impacts.

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An Intern's Summer Project: Combining Data Analytics With Political Science

I always wanted to combine data analytics with political science, because I believe that numbers and figures can help tell stories that we often ignore.

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How to Recruit Poll Workers and More in the July Canvass

As a political science major, I love nothing more than voting.  But elections don’t just happen—they require thousands of poll workers, many of whom are older, retired Americans. This year, many veteran poll workers are choosing to stay home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and elections will need young people like me to step up and work the polls.

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Swing By the Elections and Redistricting Team’s (Virtual) Office

Are you sitting up at night thinking about census delays? Or voting by mail? Maybe you have some questions before diving in to redistricting? Worry no more—we’ve got answers for you!

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SCOTUS Rules States May Sanction Faithless Electors

In Chiafalo v. Washington, the Supreme Court upheld Washington state’s law fining “faithless” electors that do not vote for the candidate that won the state’s popular vote.

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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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