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July Canvass: Voting Challenges and Solutions for Citizens Abroad

Watermarks grace our passports, the cash in our wallets, and now even our ballots. Some states, such as California and Tennessee, require watermarks on their ballots to prevent counterfeit ballots from being processed and counted.

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NCSL Intern Dives Into Elections Research

Diana Jordan, a rising senior at Stanford University from Sacramento, Calif., majoring in political science, is a summer intern in NCSL's Elections Program. She produced this Q&A blog for Stanford's Bill Lane Center for the American West.

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Salt Lake City Bound: Let's Talk All Things Redistricting

What’s really great is that we have the nation’s redistricting experts gathered all in one place. We have litigators who can go toe-to-toe in a courtroom, but in Salt Lake City, they’ll be sitting side-by-side on the stage, sharing their expertise.

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RCV, It’s Easy as 1-2-3. Or Is It?

All eyes are on New York City as it works to complete counting the largest ranked choice voting (RCV) election in U.S. history.

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SCOTUS Upholds Arizona’s Voting Requirements

In Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that Arizona’s requirement that ballots cast in the wrong precinct and ballots collected by anyone other than a limited group of people not be counted didn’t violate §2 of the Voting Rights Act. 

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Redistricting Is Way Behind Last Decade

After last year’s floods, fires, and of course, a pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau redistricting data is scheduled to be almost five months late.

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June Canvass: Nevada, Vermont Establish Statewide All-Mail Elections

In a year when headlines have been abuzz with states potentially limiting absentee and mail voting, the number of states with universal mail voting has just increased by 40%.

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Colorado Supreme Court Limits Legislature’s Role in Redistricting

Independent redistricting commissions. You’ve heard about them. You may even have an idea of what they are. But the degree of “independence” as contemplated by legislators and advocates varies, and those variations show up in codification.

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'Differential Privacy' Heats Up Census Voting Debate

While we wait for redistricting data to arrive in August, there’s a little-known but hot-hot issue in the redistricting world: differential privacy, the system chosen by the U.S. Census Bureau to protect the privacy of census responses.

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A Case Study: Redistricting in Ohio

In the 2010s, the Ohio General Assembly took the unusual steps of putting redistricting reform measures before Buckeye voters—twice.

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