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Calling all the Kids—Youth Poll Workers Save the Day!

Do you pay much attention to who runs your polling place on Election Day?

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The Lowdown on 2019's Ballot Measures

Election season is right around the corner, and before the year is out, citizens from nine states will have voted on 25 ballot measures.

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Walking Through Ranked-Choice Voting at Summit

What state capital would be a good choice for NCSL’s next election policy meeting? We asked attendees to a session at Summit to help us out—and to do so by using ranked-choice voting.

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Election Realities: Wilson County, Tenn., Election Commission

At Legislative Summit, nobody works 9 to 5. And so it was that hours before Dolly Parton made a standing room-only Summit splash last week, a small but intrepid group visited the Wilson County Election Commission on the outskirts of Nashville, early on a Monday morning, to see the reality of running elections in Tennessee.

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Strong States: Spending the Summer Exploring the Ins and Outs of State Legislatures

Theresa Nelson, a rising sophomore at Stanford University majoring in public policy and Spanish, is a summer intern in NCSL's Elections program. She produced this Q&A blog for Stanford's Bill Lane Center for the American West.

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Mail Dispute Could Be Hurdle for Overseas Voters

It should be no surprise that mail plays an important role in elections, particularly for those living abroad. In 2016 almost 3 million voting-eligible citizens lived overseas, according to the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), a Department of Defense program.

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Attendees at NCSL’s redistricting seminar in Providence were given the chance to get hands-on practice with drawing districts. The seminar offered a virtual mapmaking exercise to redistrict 14 state house districts in Dallas County, Texas.  

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Recall Elections: Embodying Spirit of Democracy or Political Tool?

When state legislators do something we don’t like, do we have to wait until the next general election to vote them out of office, or should we be able to get rid of them right away?

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Virginia House Lacks Standing to Defend Redistricting Plan

Does one chamber of a state legislature have “standing” to litigate a redistricting case? Not unless state law says so, the Supreme Court ruled.  

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The Wide Wild World of Redistricting—May Edition

Next month will be the peak of the annual redistricting news cycle, as the Supreme Court is expected to deliver its opinions on two partisan gerrymandering cases and one racial gerrymandering case. These are big deals (at least for politicos).

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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.