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California the Latest State to Embrace Voting By Mail

California is now the sixth state in the nation with plans to conduct its November general election by mailing ballots to all voters.

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Amid COVID-19, Primaries Continue

With state primaries, the big story this year is about changing dates and changing processes. In 2016, 10 states held their state primaries in April and May. This year, just four states have done, or will do, so—and all of these elections are relying more than ever on absentee, or mail, voting.

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Lots of Questions as Census Bureau Delays the Count

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau asked Congress for permission to delay its 2020 Census data releases by 120 days.

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How Vote-From-Home Works in Utah

Utah uses a vote-by-mail (or, to use the newest phrase, vote-at-home) system, in which all registered voters are sent a ballot. It’s the same as absentee voting in any state, but in Utah (and Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington), all voters get a ballot, no request required.

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Coronavirus Prompts Election Delays—Read More in the April Canvass

Georgia—one of the first states to delay a primary election in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic—has delayed its state and presidential preference primaries for a second time.

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StateVote 2020: Citizen Initiatives Struggle Amid the Pandemic

In April of a general election year, citizen initiative campaigns are typically in full swing, collecting signatures, raising money and building momentum for the November election. But not this year.

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Wisconsin Primary Election Leads to SCOTUS Ruling

Today's election in Wisconsin is both a presidential primary and an election of numerous judgeships, over 500 school board seats, and several thousand other positions. Per the Wisconsin Supreme Court, in person voting will go on. Per the United States Supreme Court, only absentee ballots received or postmarked today will be counted.

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State Legislatures Act to Expand Absentee Voting in Response to COVID-19

The election landscape has changed dramatically in the last few weeks as COVID-19 sweeps the nation.

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What with all the news on public health, politicos are probably sighing with relief that we’ve got a lull in presidential and state primaries for the next few weeks. This lull reflects the calendar as it was, as well as the postponement of primaries due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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StateVote 2020: States Delay Presidential Primaries Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Louisiana last week became the first state to postpone its presidential primary in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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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.