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Justice Breyer Allows Ranked-Choice Voting to Proceed in Maine

In the Supreme Court’s first non-COVID-19 related emergency case regarding a state election requirement relevant to the 2020 presidential election, Justice Stephen Breyer refused to overturn a state court decision which allows Maine to use ranked-choice voting. 

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By the Numbers: Election and Redistricting Ballot Measure Trends

This summer, I often heard that both the number of elections and redistricting ballot measures were higher this year compared to years past, and I wondered if the two increased together or if 2020 was unique. With my background in computer science and data analysis, I decided to put this to the test.

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Experts Prepare for Healthy Election Day—Read More in the October Canvass

During this pandemic, we hear a lot of talk about healthy people, healthy practices, even healthy democracy. So what about healthy elections?

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U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Judge-Made Change to South Carolina Absentee Voting Requirement

In Andino v. Middleton the Supreme Court has continued its trend of striking down judge-made changes to state election laws in response to COVID-19.

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State Elections 2020: Elections Ballot Measures

A year that has roiled the world in unimagined ways has ushered in unprecedented changes to election policy through legislation, executive orders and court rulings.

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State Elections 2020: Redistricting Ballot Measures

At the beginning of the year, it looked like this could be a busy November for redistricting ballot measures: Citizens initiatives were organizing in more than half a dozen states, and legislatures were considering several referral measures of their own. Then COVID-19 hit, and the difficulties of political organizing during a pandemic stymied many groups. In the end, three redistricting measures made it on the ballot, all of which were referred to the ballot by legislatures.

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Here and There: How People Vote

“The U.S. is one of the few countries where no-excuse absentee voting is even a thing!” That was the big takeaway after we talked absentee voting with the Carter Center’s Avery Davis-Roberts.

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Elections Flood the Courts—Read More in the September Canvass

Overwhelmed by the surge of pre-election lawsuits? Intrigued by which cases will end up at the U.S. Supreme Court? Ready to brace yourself for potential post-election litigation?

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Mail Voting: What’s Temporary and What’s Permanent?

Does California use vote-by-mail? That question is harder to answer than you might think.

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Double Trouble: How States Keep People From Voting Twice

In the last few days, we’ve noticed a rare interest in how states keep people from voting twice.

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