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State Legislatures Act to Expand Absentee Voting in Response to COVID-19

The election landscape has changed dramatically in the last few weeks as COVID-19 sweeps the nation.

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What with all the news on public health, politicos are probably sighing with relief that we’ve got a lull in presidential and state primaries for the next few weeks. This lull reflects the calendar as it was, as well as the postponement of primaries due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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StateVote 2020: States Delay Presidential Primaries Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Louisiana last week became the first state to postpone its presidential primary in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Voting by Mail and More in the March Canvass

“Whether healthy or sick, please don’t lick!” That’s the message coming from the Washington secretary of state’s office in the lead-up to the state’s March 10 presidential primary. As the Evergreen State responds to the first COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., Washington voters may have one thing to be thankful for—all-mail elections.

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StateVote 2020: What the Heck is a 'Firehouse Primary'?

While Super Tuesday was the largest single day of the presidential primary season, it was far from its conclusion.

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StateVote 2020: Super Tuesday—When Legislative Primaries Begin

Besides Democrats running for president, you know who else Tuesday is a big deal for? Anyone vying for a legislative seat in California, North Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas or Texas. Those state primaries-- the first four in the nation--will be held in conjunction with their presidential primaries.

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Elections 2020: Super Tuesday

What’s so ‘super’ about Super Tuesday?

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Elections 2020: Nevada’s Quirks

We’ve heard lots about how Nevadans have a plan for vote tabulation and reporting that is different than Iowa’s. What we haven’t heard as much about is what makes Nevada’s caucus process unique.

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Elections 2020: Why There’s No National Primary

For most of American history, parties chose their nominees at party conventions, with rank-and-file party members and unaffiliated voters having little to no role in candidate selection.

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Elections 2020: Shifting From Caucuses to Primaries

Now that the dust has settled on Iowa's raucous caucuses, let’s take a step back to survey how presidential nomination processes across the nation have changed from 2016 to 2020.

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