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State Elections 2020

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Elections 2020: Former Legislators Running for Congress

Since 2005, about half of U.S. representatives and senators have had state legislative experience, ranging between 48% and 51%. Currently, 49% of our federal lawmakers are former state legislators: 24 Republican and 22 Democratic U.S. senators, and 91 Republican and 105 Democratic U.S. representatives, along with one independent and one New Progressive Party member.

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What If an Absentee Voter Dies Before Election Day?

What happens when an eligible voter casts an absentee ballot and then passes away before Election Day? This question comes up more and more, as absentee/mail voting, and even early in-person voting, gain in popularity. 

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Here and There: Elections Turnout Around the Globe

We met up with The Carter Center’s Avery Davis-Roberts again, this time to discuss voter turnout. In 2016, the U.S. voting-age participation was 55.7%. That’s a high turnout rate for the U.S., but it’s low compared to our peers in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Belgium, Sweden and Denmark all saw turnout rates of over 80% in their most recent elections.

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10 Things to Know About the 2020 Elections

This year’s election season is about a whole lot more than who will live in the White House on Jan. 20. From NCSL’s perspective, it’s all about, who will be running the states.

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State Elections 2020: Marijuana Ballot Measures 

Proposals to allow for medical or adult use of cannabis continue to grow across the country, with eight measures appearing on ballots in five states.

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Justice Breyer Allows Ranked-Choice Voting to Proceed in Maine

In the Supreme Court’s first non-COVID-19 related emergency case regarding a state election requirement relevant to the 2020 presidential election, Justice Stephen Breyer refused to overturn a state court decision which allows Maine to use ranked-choice voting. 

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By the Numbers: Election and Redistricting Ballot Measure Trends

This summer, I often heard that both the number of elections and redistricting ballot measures were higher this year compared to years past, and I wondered if the two increased together or if 2020 was unique. With my background in computer science and data analysis, I decided to put this to the test.

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State Elections 2020: Health Ballot Measures

Contemplating which state and national officials to elect during a pandemic, voters in at least nine states face another choice—the opportunity to weigh in on their state’s health policy.

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State Elections 2020: Elections Ballot Measures

A year that has roiled the world in unimagined ways has ushered in unprecedented changes to election policy through legislation, executive orders and court rulings.

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State Elections 2020: What We’ll Be Watching on Election Night

When it’s campaign season for legislators, it’s election prep season at NCSL.

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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.