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The Blue Wave Is Coming, But Pollsters Can't Say How High

Los Angeles—Strange and surprising. That’s about as good a summary of this year’s midterm election landscape as you’ll get, in the view of pollsters Kristen Soltis Anderson and Margie Omero, who made the final General Session presentation at NCSL’s Legislative Summit.

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Voter Turnout, History and the States

Through the latest primaries at the end of June, voter turnout increased, with 13 million voters so far in the Democratic primaries (up from 8.7 at this point in 2014), and 12.3 million in Republican races, an increase of 2 million.

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The Halfway Point: Looking at Today's Primaries

After a slew of elections two weeks ago, 26 states have held their primaries, so we're over halfway through primary season.

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A Sticky Situation at the Polls

After every Election Day, a slew of news articles tout what went right, or focus on what went wrong. This primary season there seems to be a new, yet subtle trend in the news: stickers.

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A Few Hiccups in the 'Super Tuesday' Primaries

Elections are at the core of American democracy, but even after 200 years we still haven’t worked out all the kinks. And Tuesday’s so-called “Super Tuesday” primaries in eight states were no exception.

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What You Might Not Know About Today's Primaries

Eight states—Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota—hold their state primaries today, June 5.

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The Midterms Are the Unofficial Start to 2020 Redistricting Season

The midterm elections are doubly important this year. Not only are state and congressional control at stake, but the midterms represent the unofficial start to the 2020 redistricting cycle, which begins after the census data are released in early 2021.

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17-Year-Olds in Primaries

Looking nationwide, 16 states plus the District of Columbia allow 17-year-olds to vote, and the number is slowly growing.

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What's In a Name When It's on a Ballot?

With so much importance riding on a name, it may not come as a surprise that many states have decided to codify what can or cannot be included as part of a candidate’s name on a ballot.

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NCSL Launches StateVote 2018

You can read all about the upcoming legislative elections, and the dozens of statewide ballot measures that will be voted on that day too, on NCSL’s new StateVote 2018 webpage.

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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.