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State Elections 2020

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What Happens After the Voting Ends?

Tomorrow is Election Day—but by no means the end of election processes.

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Check In With NCSL for the Latest Election Night Results

NCSL likes to be the first to have the news about state elections. Presidential and congressional results? Others have those races amply covered. But for news from the states, NCSL is tops.

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Supreme Court Clears Way for North Carolina Ballots Received After Election to Be Counted

The Supreme Court left in place a nine-day extension to count absentee ballots in North Carolina. If North Carolina absentee ballots are postmarked on or before election day they may be counted if received up to nine days after the election.

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State Elections 2020: Gambling Ballot Measures

No surprise that 2020 has left many feeling down on their luck.

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Navigating the Thicket of Campaign Finance

Like it or not, money is a huge part of America’s political processes.

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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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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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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.