Capitol Ideas

Capitol Ideas is a periodic listing of story ideas and background information from new NCSL research. For more information, contact NCSL's Press Team.

The Latest on Voter ID

Whether or not to require voters to show identification at the polls—and what kinds of ID they must provide—continues to be a hot topic in state legislatures. Thirty states currently require voters to present some sort of ID, and ID legislation was pending in 22 states as of Jan. 30. This includes new voter ID proposals in nine states, measures to strengthen existing photo ID laws in six states and other changes to existing laws in seven states. View a summary of these bills. NCSL also breaks down state statutes, provides a 50-state map of the types of voter identification laws, and summarizes legislative action and court cases. More …

Online Gambling Action

New Jersey became the third state in the U.S. to authorize Internet gambling in February of this year. California, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Texas are hoping to join Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey and authorize online gambling in their states in 2013. NCSL is tracking states’ current actions on Internet gambling here.