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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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How to Recruit Poll Workers and More in the July Canvass

As a political science major, I love nothing more than voting.  But elections don’t just happen—they require thousands of poll workers, many of whom are older, retired Americans. This year, many veteran poll workers are choosing to stay home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and elections will need young people like me to step up and work the polls.

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Swing By the Elections and Redistricting Team’s (Virtual) Office

Are you sitting up at night thinking about census delays? Or voting by mail? Maybe you have some questions before diving in to redistricting? Worry no more—we’ve got answers for you!

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SCOTUS Rules States May Sanction Faithless Electors

In Chiafalo v. Washington, the Supreme Court upheld Washington state’s law fining “faithless” electors that do not vote for the candidate that won the state’s popular vote.

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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.