More election bills were enacted in 2019 than any year going back to at least 2011. Lawmakers enacted 367 election-related bills last year, up slightly from the 336 bills enacted in 2019. All but four states enacted election legislation in 2019. These numbers track with the growth in attention to elections as the nation heads into 2020.
NCSL’s Elections Legislation Database contains exact numbers for 2019 and previous years, as well as bills introduced in 2020.
Voter registration was the most common topic, with 46 enactments, followed by pre-Election Day voting (40), election security (18) and voting equipment and vote-by-mail (15 each).
This webpage provides highlights on key 2019 election-related enactments.