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SCOTUS Leaving Stay-At-Home Orders Alone; Disallowing Judge-Made Changes to Election Laws

Since April, the Supreme Court has handled numerous emergency requests related to COVID-19.

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Women's Suffrage Law Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Today (Aug. 26) marks the 100th  anniversary of the 19 Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, becoming law. To celebrate this historic event in U.S. history, the Women’s Legislative Network held a celebratory event highlighting the past, present and future of honoring women.

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#Trending? Ballot Measures, Tech and a Sign of the Times

As a student at Stanford, a university located at the epicenter of Silicon Valley, I am hyper-aware of the contemporary issues salient to the tech industry.

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Messages to Help Your Constituents Vote

At NCSL we’re usually thinking about what lawmakers need to know. Yet as the elections team fields more and more voter questions, we thought we’d take a moment to consider what voters need to know—and how legislators can help.

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Supreme Court OKs Consent Decree Changing Rhode Island Mail Ballot Requirements

The Supreme Court refused to overturn a consent decree in which Rhode Island state government officials agreed, due to COVID-19, to not enforce state law requiring the signature of two witnesses or a notary public for mail ballots.

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SCOTUS Won't Let Lower Court Rewrite Oregon Ballot Initiative Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court has not allowed a federal district court order to go into effect which required Oregon to include a ballot initiative with only 50% of the signatures required by Oregon’s constitution, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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