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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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Stay on Top of Election News With The Canvass

In our current issue, we provide a roundup of 2019’s legislative action on elections. The newest Canvass also includes an interview with New Jersey Senator James Beach (D) and a short review of how states are making absentee voting accessible to blind and visually impaired voters.

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Census 2020: Counting the Hard-to-Count in Alaska 

For the last three censuses, the Census Bureau has selected a remote Alaska village to be the first community to be counted.

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Supreme Court to Decide What States May do about 'Faithless Electors'

Washington state could not have summarized this case in one sentence better than this:  “[T]his case gives the Court the rare opportunity to decide a constitutional question related to presidential selection in a non-emergency setting.” 

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New Census Estimates Show Political Power Shifting South and West

With only weeks to go before the 2020 census begins, the Census Bureau has released its population estimates for 2019. 

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The Electoral College and More in the January Canvass

For most of the population, the Electoral College used to be little more than a footnote in history textbooks. Now—whether you like it or not—the Electoral College has become a political flashpoint

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Navigating the Initiative and Referendum Process

In the 2018 general election, voters weighed in on more than 150 ballot measures across 36 states.

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Redistricting From the Right and the Left

Redistricting is the million-piece jigsaw puzzle of American politics.

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Redistricting: The Most Consequential Election of the Decade is Upon Us

This year, 5,025 legislators who will participate in redistricting (which we refer to here as “redistricters”) will be elected, giving them the power to shape politics in their states for the next 10 years—far longer than a four-year presidential term.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.