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Voters Say 'Yes' to Majority of 2019 Ballot Measures

Voters were in an affirming mood Tuesday, approving at least 14 of 20 ballot measures across seven states. Earlier this year, Louisianans approved two out of four ballot measures, and voters in the U.S. Virgin Islands also weighed in on one measure, though it failed due to low voter turnout. Results are still rolling in, and three measures remain too close to call.

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Democrats Flip Virginia Legislature; Kentucky Democrat Claims Win in Governor’s Race

While votes are still being tallied, Virginia Democrats have picked up at least five seats in the House of Delegates and two seats in the Senate to take control of state government (Governor Ralph Northam is a Democrat) for the first time in over two decades.  

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Redistricting, Explained Graphically

Arcane. Complex. Incomprehensible. These are words often used to describe redistricting. We all know the old saw that a picture is worth a thousand words, so NCSL decided to give pictures a chance at explaining what redistricting is all about. We hired a graphic recorder, Matt Orley of Big Paper Strategy, to draw what he heard at October’s redistricting seminar.

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Nov. 5 Election Helps Determine Who Will Redistrict Next

From ballot initiatives to school boards to city councils, a lot is on the table in these off-year elections. But perhaps nothing will be as consequential for future policy decisions as the elections for those officials who will draw legislative and congressional districts following the 2020 census.

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Keeping Up With Campaign Finance Laws: Online and Capitol Forum

How much can an individual donate to a state candidate in Illinois? How much money can a PAC contribute to a candidate in Arizona? What about a union contributing to a candidate in Utah or a corporation contributing to a candidate in Connecticut?

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UPDATE: The Lowdown on 2019’s Ballot Measures

Election day is right around the corner and by the time results roll in, citizens from eight states and one territory will have voted on 25 ballot measures this year.

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Election Day Preview: Three States Head to Polls Nov. 5

Voters in three states will head to the polls Nov. 5 to cast their ballots in state legislative races that will decide the partisan makeup of their legislatures for the next two years.

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States and the Prohibition of Foreign Contributions

Amidst the near daily developments in the ongoing Ukraine affair, you may have missed the part involving a potential campaign finance violation.

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Defining 'Personal Use' in Campaign Finance Laws

Federal campaign laws prohibit using campaign funds for “personal use,” and the “irrespective test” is used to distinguish between campaign/officeholder expenses and personal expenses. If the expense would exist irrespective of the person’s role as a candidate or elected official, then campaign funds cannot be used.

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Child Care and the Future of Campaign Funds

I recently joined the Elections and Redistricting team at NCSL, and in my early research on campaign finance, I was surprised to see so many incoming questions about the use of campaign funds for child care. I shouldn’t have been.

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