Everything You Need to Know About State Elections

11/1/2016

From Legislative Races to Ballot Measures, NCSL's Election Team Has the Answers

NCSL NewsDenver—On Election Day, voters will determine the winners of 5,915 regularly scheduled elections for legislative seats in 86 chambers in 44 states. That’s more than 80 percent of all the 7,383 state legislators nationwide. In 35 states and the District of Columbia, voters will decide more than 150 ballot questions.

NCSL is your comprehensive source for sorting out the results on Election Night.

  • StateVote: NCSL's StateVote page contains the most detailed resources and analysis on state legislative elections. Access NCSL analysis on party control changes, ballot issue results, and trends in the states. Check back frequently for updates.
  • What's on the Ballot in My State?: Search NCSL's database by state and topic to find all the statewide ballot measures across the nation. On Election Night, each entry is updated with 'pass' or 'fail.'
  • NCSL Blog: Read the NCSL blog for continued analysis of elections issues and for stories from the states on election night. Follow NCSL on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for up-to-the-minute news on Election Night.
  • The Canvass: NCSL's monthly elections newsletter, explores the latest topics and trends in elections and voting. The October issue looks at the types of election observation in the states, which states allow electronic ballot transmission and much more.
  • State Legislatures magazine: The current issue of State Legislatures details what voters can expect in the upcoming election and a topical breakdown of statewide ballot measures.
  • Absentee and Early Voting Laws: NCSL offers a complete list of absentee and early voting laws across the country. In 37 states and the District of Columbia, any qualified voter may cast a ballot in person before the election. Every state also allows some form of absentee voting.
  • State Voter ID Laws: NCSL has complete coverage of state legislative action on voter ID. Thirty-two states will require voters to show ID when they go to the polls on Nov. 4. Thirty-four states have passed voter ID laws, but the laws in West Virginia and North Carolina will not be in effect this Election Day.
  • State Trends in Online Voter Registration: Currently, 31 states offer online voter registration. Seven more states have passed legislation, but haven't begun registering voters online. NCSL maintains the complete list as well as information on election observers and the Electoral College.
  • Elections Legislation Database: This searchable database contains bills from all 50 states relating to the administration of elections. Bills are organized into more than 80 categories, including absentee voting, voter registration, voter ID and primary elections.

StateVote Post Election Briefing: Join the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) StateVote elections team, in cooperation with The Hill, for a post-election discussion Monday, Nov. 14, 1-5 p.m., The National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. Hear from analysts and national political experts, about what the outcome will mean for states, and what to expect in the upcoming legislative sessions. Registration is required, but free to credentialed members of the media. You can register here.  On-site registration for media is available but advanced registration is highly encouraged. Please review NCSL’s media policy before registering.


NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.