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Transportation Funding Mishmash at 2019 Ballot Box

Voters in three states—Colorado, Maine and Washington—voiced their opinions on statewide transportation funding proposals in the 2019 elections.

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Presidential Primaries and More in the December Canvass

With less than two months between now and the Iowa caucuses, politics dominates nearly every conversation about presidential primaries. But the process for choosing presidential candidates matters, too, which is why this month’s Canvass—the NCSL election administration newsletter—provides an extensive report on how state political parties are handling their states’ 2020 presidential primaries.

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SCOTUS Warns Too Low State Law Campaign Contribution Limits May be Unconstitutional

Following Thompson v. Hebdon, states with low individual-to-candidate or individual-to-group campaign contribution limits may want to review their constitutionality. 

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Check Out NCSL's 'Critical Update' Redistricting Forum Post-Conference

The elections and redistricting program will host a post-conference on redistricting options for policymakers following the conclusion of the NCSL Capitol Forum in Phoenix next month.

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Geo-Enabled Elections & More in the November Canvass

The new trend of using Geographic Information Systems in election offices offers one method for ensuring that each voter receives the correct ballot.

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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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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.