In the News | October 2020

10/5/2020

Oct. 30

From abortion rights to 'magic mushrooms,' U.S. voters will decide
Reuters
In all, at least 124 statutory and constitutional questions appear on this year’s state ballots, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). About two thirds of them were put there by the legislatures, usually because direct voter approval is required on tax and bond issues and on constitutional changes, the NCSL said. In 24 states, mostly in the West, any citizen may collect signatures to put a proposed law on the ballot, although most legislatures can still override them, according to NCSL legislative policy specialist Amanda Zoch. This year, 38 of the ballot measures were put there by citizens, a decline from 60 in 2018 and 72 in 2016 as the coronavirus pandemic dampened populist participation, the NCSL said.
 
Deporting Brandon: How one mistake caused this teen to be uprooted from Georgia home
ABC News
Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. But Georgia is not one of them.
 
Voting 2020 live updates: Hurricane Zeta disrupts Georgia voting; 75% of voters worried about violence; NC town defies state over BLM signs
USA Today
The ballot selfie trend is all part of the age of social media, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. “The explosion of social media and ‘selfie’ culture has also challenged the traditional thinking that voters should not disclose how they voted,’’ the conference says. “Many young people, who share everything on social media, find it logical that they should be able to share a photo of their voted ballot with friends and followers.’’
 
In the hospital? You can still vote in California and most other parts of the country
Los Angeles Times
At least 37 other states allow emergency voting for medical reasons, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. But practices vary.
 
A guide to the 2020 election's top ballot initiatives
CBS News
The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates 32 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have on their ballots at least 120 initiatives.
 
Understanding the Split Supreme Court Decisions on Mail Ballots
Bloomberg
As of now, 28 states, including Wisconsin, require mail ballots to be received on or before Election Day, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Twenty-two, including Pennsylvania and North Carolina, accept ballots after Nov. 3 if they are postmarked by Election Day.
 
Gerrymander Power on the Line in Narrowly Divided Legislatures
Bloomberg
Even without a nudge from Washington, there’s been a trend toward commission-drawn maps: 109 congressional districts in eight states were drawn by independent boards; 93 additional districts were drawn by eight states with bipartisan or nonpartisan political processes, according to the National Conference of State Legislators.
 
Cisco to Release a Version of Webex for State Legislatures
Gov Tech
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 23 states adopted provisions in 2020 to allow for remote voting or meetings, and eight more made other operational changes to adapt.
 
The overlooked fight for control of the Georgia House
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Also, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, since 2000, Election Day has produced 15 state legislative bodies that were tied for control between Democrats and Republicans. In most cases, power-sharing agreements were reached.
 

Oct. 29

Democrats Seek Gains in State Legislatures During Critical Census Year
Wall Street Journal
It is a contrast to the 2010 election cycle, when Republicans won more than 725 state legislative seats and ended with control of 59 chambers as redistricting began. “2010 was a wipeout election for Democrats,” said Tim Storey, executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Yes, the lines are long. But voting is actually easier than ever
Fast Company
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 19 states have some form of automatic voter registration (AVR) in place, which has added millions of people to the voter rolls over the past two years without state customers having to do a thing but update their state ID.
 
Do hunting and fishing in Utah need constitutional protection?
Salt Lake Tribune
Vermont was the first state to recognize an inherent right to hunt and fish, writing the protections into its original constitution in 1777, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Ballot selfies, state by state
VOX
Some states that ban ballot selfies have suggested alternatives they say could achieve a similar effect, the National Conference of State Legislatures notes on its website.
 
It's time to modernize the way Connecticut votes
The CT Mirror
Across the country states facing similar questions have come to different conclusions. For example, according to 2019 study by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) electronic poll books in Maryland and Indiana are networked to a central database and receive immediate updates from other polling places. But other states, like Minnesota and Michigan, prohibit electronic poll books from being connected to a network.
 
Five ballot propositions that would affect students
CBS News 8
Prop. 18 will allow 17-year-olds who will be 18 at the time of the general election to vote in the state primary and special elections. Eighteen states have similar measures in place, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
This is how people in nursing homes vote
NBC News K5
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the most common way for residents to vote is by absentee ballot.
 
What are the rules around poll watching?
KMOV 4 News
In most states, political parties, candidates and ballot issue committees can appoint poll watchers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
What is the Electoral College and How Does it Work?
Spectrum News 1
Since 2000, bills have been introduced in every single state to change the process of electing the president, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
 
What is ‘ballot harvesting,’ and who can and can’t deliver your mail ballot in Pa.
Public Source
Ten states allow a family member to return a ballot for a voter, and 26 states allow a voter to designate someone to return their ballot, although 12 states have limits on how many ballots someone can submit, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
School bus driver killed in Meigs County crash identified; survivors in stable condition, officials say
Chattanooga Times Free Press
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, only eight states — Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Texas — have laws requiring installation of seat belts on school buses.
 

Oct. 28

From abortion rights to 'magic mushrooms,' U.S. voters will decide
Reuters
In all, at least 124 statutory and constitutional questions appear on this year’s state ballots, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
 
An 82-year old Hobart woman died two days after voting early. Now her ballot is going to be purged.
Chicago Tribune
Indiana is one of 17 states that prohibit counting ballots cast by someone who subsequently dies before the election, with 10 states specifically allowing it, according to research by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
U.S. voter info has always been public — but now it's getting weaponized
NBC News
But all 50 states and Washington, D.C., have at least some way to make access easy for requesters, according to a state-by-state tally by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
From Abortion Rights to 'Magic Mushrooms,' U.S. Voters Will Decide
U.S. News & World Report
In all, at least 124 statutory and constitutional questions appear on this year's state ballots, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
 
Can You Vote Anywhere On Election Day?

HuffPost
Seventeen states allow some jurisdictions to offer vote centers, or consolidated polling places. These counties or districts allow people to cast their ballots at any polling location throughout their jurisdiction on Election Day, giving voters much more flexibility. Voting centers can be found in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. If you’re in one of these states, you can check your local elections website to find out if your jurisdiction has them.
 
Alabama Secretary of State says no-excuse voting won't lead to higher voter turnout
WAAY
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, some kind of early voting is allowed in 43 states, including Alabama. However, only 34 states plus Washington D.C. have no-excuse early voting.
 
How to spot voter intimidation and what to do about it
ABC 11 News
While poll watchers can closely monitor voting, they can't campaign inside a precinct, or interfere with the voting process beyond reporting an issue, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Committee allows Idaho legislators to have flexibility with per diem
Lewiston Morning Tribune
In other action, the committee approved a 1.5 percent pay increase for lawmakers next year, followed by an additional 1 percent increase in 2022. That will increase their base pay from the current $18,415 to $18,691 beginning Jan. 1, and $18,875 in 2022. That still leaves Idaho in the bottom third nationwide for legislative compensation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 

Oct. 27

How Do States Verify Signatures on Mail-In Ballots?
Wall Street Journal
Many states will compare the signature on the absentee ballot envelope to the signature on a voter’s file (this could be from voter registration forms, ballot application or the D.M.V.), according to data collected by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
The real rules behind poll-watching
The Boston Globe
The most common type of poll watcher is a partisan observer, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan organization that provides support and ideas to the states. These observers represent political parties, candidates, or groups supporting or opposing a ballot proposition, according to the organization, which has compiled an extensive list of each state’s rules on poll watchers and challengers.
 
Election 2020: How to spot voter intimidation and what to do
ABC News
While poll watchers can closely monitor voting, they can't campaign inside a precinct, or interfere with the voting process beyond reporting an issue, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
A Skeptic's Guide to Election Day 2020
Politico
According to the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures, 34 states and Washington, D.C., already offer, at the very least, permanent no-excuse absentee voting, meaning any voter in those states can request a mail ballot.
 
Sorry, you probably can't wear a Biden shirt or MAGA hat when you vote
Vox
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, most states have restrictions on whether people can display signs, hand out campaign literature, or solicit votes within a specific distance of a voting station. In Michigan, it’s against the law to wear anything that “directly or indirectly makes reference to an election, a candidate, or a ballot question.” Some states have likeness clauses when it comes to displaying support for a candidate or their logo.
 
Magic mushrooms, racism, and wolves: What else is on the ballot in America this year?
The Independent
Initiatives have emerged as a key tool for legalization and decriminalization advocates, whose proposals are often more popular with voters than they are with legislators. A total of 14 states and territories have approved adult-use cannabis, and 33 have approved medical programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Guns, masks and voter challenges: Iowa officials prepare for what could be a contentious Election Day
Des Moines Register
Can I wear my political T-shirt, hat or button when I go to vote? Yes, but you can’t hang around showing off your swag after you vote – that’s considered electioneering, which is prohibited in polling places. Twenty states restrict political apparel at the polls, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. (Of Iowa’s neighboring states, only Nebraska is on that list.)
 
This is how drop box ballots are collected and counted
WUSA 9 News
But elections experts, including the National Conference of State Legislatures, tell Verify they are not aware of any state or county that allows anyone other than elections staff to touch a ballot once it is placed in a ballot drop box.
 
IN NEBRASKA, VOTING BY MAIL COULD BE EVEN MORE ACCESSIBLE, ADVOCATES SAY
Center for Public Integrity
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 19 states and the District of Columbia automatically register citizens to vote when they visit, or shortly after they interact with, the Department of Motor Vehicles, unless they decline. But Nebraska requires citizens to opt in.
 

Oct. 26

Things This Election Will Decide That Have Nothing to Do With Trump or Biden
Politico
So, what’s on the ballot this year, and what does that tell us about the direction American politics is headed in the 2020s? To sort through it all, POLITICO spoke with Amanda Zoch, a policy specialist at the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures, where she tracks statewide ballot measures. A transcript of that conversation is below, condensed and edited for length and clarification.
 
Officials stress security of election systems after US reveals new Iranian and Russian efforts
Washington Post
In addition, at least nine states, including swing state Michigan, do not conduct post-election audits, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
The Trailer: What Ballot Initiatives Will Matter
The Washington Post
NCSL Information Cited
 
Your Election Questions Answered
The New York Times
NCSL Information Cited
 
When will your ballot be counted in the 2020 election? A look at what goes into the tallying process
ABC News
Reporting contest results does not begin in most states until polls close, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Fake 'Proud Boys' Emails Blamed on Iran Startle US Voters | Voice of America - English
Voice of America
Most U.S. states including Alaska and Florida allow anyone to request a copy of the state voter rolls. In Arizona and Pennsylvania, they’re available for public inspection, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Louisiana legislators didn't do much but they got paid well
The Advocate
Florida lawmakers make $29,697 per year plus $152 per diem but don’t meet as often, according to a July report by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Alabama pays its legislators $49,861 annually plus $85 to $100 if they have to spend the night in Montgomery.
NCSL reports that most assemblies decide legislative pay. But doing so is politically unpopular.
 
What are the rules around poll watching?
Minneapolis Star Tribune
State rules vary on who can be a poll watcher, how many are allowed at polling places or local elections offices, and how they must conduct themselves inside the office or precinct. In most states, political parties, candidates and ballot issue committees can appoint poll watchers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. They are usually required to be registered voters, but states differ on whether the poll watcher must be registered in the county or precinct rather than just in the state.

NM officials, lawmakers mourn death of ex-legislator Nick Salazar
Albuquerque Journal
The Ohkay Owingeh Democrat was also one of the longest-serving legislators in the nation. Before retiring, he was one of only a dozen or so lawmakers with more than 40 years of legislative service, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Tax assessor-collector race brings promises of financial transparency, oversight
Austin American-Statesman
He said residents can already renew their vehicle registration online, and his next step is to ask the Legislature to allow voters to register online. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a total of 40 states and the District of Columbia offer online voter registration.
 
Should schools reopen? Here's the Republican take on it.
Montgomery County Sentinel
An additional point many Republicans have brought up in the discussion of whether children should return to school is the classification of essential workers. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), teachers are not considered essential workers, however many Republicans are forcefully against this.
 
Early voting begins today in New York
Gloversville Leader-Herald
New York’s nine-day early voting period is shorter than many other states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. California starts early voting 29 days before Election Day, while Virginia’s starts 45 days before. A bill sitting in the Assembly’s election law committee would extend New York’s early voting period to 14 days.
 

Oct. 23

'People are burned out': Brutal fire season is taking a toll on firefighters' mental health
USA TODAY
California lawmakers last year approved legislation that will make it easier for certain state and local firefighters and law enforcement officers to make such claims from 2020 to 2025. As of last March, Florida and Minnesota had similar laws on the books, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a Denver and Washington, D.C.-based group that advises state lawmakers.
 
Va. Police can keep license plate info indefinitely, state supreme court rules
The Washington Post
Sixteen states have laws governing the use and retention of license plate data by police, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, with a wide variety of requirements. Maine requires the data to be purged within 21 days, Georgia within 30 days, while Colorado allows retention for three years. In New Hampshire, license plate data “shall be purged from the system within 3 minutes of their capture, unless the number resulted in an arrest, a citation or protective custody or identified a vehicle that was the subject of a missing or wanted person broadcast.”
 
Voter intimidation is illegal. What counts and what to do if you see it at the election polls
CNET
Poll watching, also called poll challenging, is legal. A poll watcher is a partisan individual whose purpose is to observe a polling place in support of making sure their party has a fair chance, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Bismarck foster care agency ending program after half a century; pandemic a reason
The Bismarck Tribune
The trend is tied to the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018, which overhauled federal child welfare financing and emphasized family foster homes over congregate care for at-risk youth, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Joe Biden is the president for a pandemic
Chattanooga Times Free Press
The feds would deliver virus response funds and other assistance to state and local governments in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
How Virginia’s 2020 Fairness in Lending Act Reforms Small-Dollar Loans
Pew Trusts
H. Morton, “Payday Lending State Statutes,” National Conference of State Legislatures, July 13, 2020
 

Oct. 22

Nearly 300 public, private sector groups launch digital campaign pushing for a deal on a coronavirus relief
The Hill
The Covid Relief Now Coalition wrote a letter to congressional leadership in September also to call for Congress to not go on recess without a package. More than 175 organizations signed on, and the group has since grown to 300 organizations. Other groups in the coalition include the National Association of Counties, American Apparel and Footwear Association, Asian American Hotel Owners Association, the Go Live Together Coalition, International Council of Shopping Centers and National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Battleground states split on counting mail-in ballots if voters die before Election Day
Fox News
Despite taking measures to make sure dead people do not vote, it is difficult to stay on top of every single record. "The law may say that the ballot of a person who dies in that situation can't be counted, but it is a hard law to follow," Wendy Underhill, head of elections for the National Conference of State Legislatures, told The Associated Press.
 
FBI says Iran and Russia have US voter information
BBC News
In many states, voter data is available upon request, though each state has different requirements on who can request voter information, what data is available and how this data might be used, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Coronavirus relief act promised two weeks of paid leave for COVID-19. Here’s the reality.
The Charlotte Observer
Aiming to fill in the gaps left by the FFCRA, 13 states and Washington D.C. have enacted paid sick leave laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Tough Fire Season Takes Toll on Firefighters' Mental Health
Stateline
California lawmakers last year approved legislation that will make it easier for certain state and local firefighters and law enforcement officers to make such claims from 2020 to 2025. As of last March, Florida and Minnesota had similar laws on the books, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a Denver and Washington, D.C.-based group that advises state lawmakers.
 
Some states still prohibit taking a selfie with a ballot
wtkr.com
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon and Utah have made changes to their laws in the last five years which allow some form of ballot selfies.
 
 
As Last Resort, Oklahoma Quarantine Orders Rise Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Talequah Daily Press
Every state has some form of quarantine order law in their public health laws, according to research compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The federal government has its own quarantine laws, mostly dealing with international travel and imported goods.
 
Maryland Voters Weigh In On Proposed Budget Amendment
The Southern Maryland Chronicle
While Rouse was not willing to go so far as to say the Maryland General Assembly’s current limited budget authority was unprecedented among other states, a detailed assessment of Maryland’s budget process conducted in 2003 by the Department of Legislative Services, using materials prepared by the National Conference of State Legislatures, found “in most states, the governor’s proposal establishes a framework for budget discussion.”
 

Oct. 21

Why a Democratic landslide in November could crush the GOP for the next decade (or more)
CNN
As the National Conference on State Legislatures noted recently: "Going into the election, of the nation's 7,383 legislators, 3820 (52%) are Republicans; 3,436 (47%) are Democrats, 82 (including all 49 Senators in Nebraska) are either independents or from another party, and 45 seats are vacant. Democrats have not held a majority of seats in the nation's legislatures since the 2010 election, when Republicans took the lead." At present, there are 98 state legislative bodies in the country. (Two for every state but Nebraska, which has a single unicameral and ostensibly nonpartisan legislative body.) Of those 98, 59 are held by Republicans 39 by Democrats. That's roughly a 60-40 split in favor of Republicans.
 
Two weeks till Election Day, Democrats have a big lead in early voting
NBC News
Seventeen states prohibit counting ballots cast by someone who subsequently dies before the election, but 10 states specifically allow it. The law is silent in the rest of the country, according to research by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Final pitches made against, for state road tax
Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Since 2013, 31 states and the District of Columbia have enacted legislation to increase gas taxes, said Mick Bullock, a spokesman for the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Some states allow ballots if voters die before Election Day
Daily Mountain Eagle
"The law may say that the ballot of a person who dies in that situation can't be counted, but it is a hard law to follow," said Wendy Underhill, head of elections for the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
In Hawaii, Your Ballot Has To Be In By 7 pm On Election Day. Here's Why
Honolulu Civil Beat
A total of 18 states and the District of Columbia rely on the postmark date as opposed to a hard deadline or close of polls like Hawaii, according to a review of state laws by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Those states include: Alaska, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
 
60 small business owners oppose Portland minimum wage initiative
Press Herald
Seven states have enacted laws to increase their minimum wages to $15 an hour by 2025, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
As last resort, Oklahoma quarantine orders rise amid pandemic
The Journal Record
Every state has some form of quarantine order law in its public health laws, according to research compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The federal government has its own quarantine laws, mostly dealing with international travel and imported goods.
 
Final NH Wayfair Tax Report Waylaid By Pandemic
LAW 360
Almy said she hadn't heard complaints from businesses she'd tried to keep in touch with for purposes of estimating revenue. She also noted that meetings she'd attended with the National Conference of State Legislatures suggested that states applying Wayfair-inspired rules to collect and remit taxes had done so mostly to the internet platforms that support sales.
 

Oct. 20

If someone votes early but dies before Election Day will their vote count?
Chicago Sun-Times
Seventeen states prohibit counting ballots cast by someone who subsequently dies before the election, but 10 states specifically allow it. The law is silent in the rest of the country, according to research by the National Conference of State Legislatures. “The law may say that the ballot of a person who dies in that situation can’t be counted, but it is a hard law to follow,” said Wendy Underhill, head of elections for the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
What happens to your voter ballot if you die before Election Day? It depends on your state
The Ledger
Seventeen states prohibit counting ballots cast by someone who subsequently dies before the election, but 10 states specifically allow it. The law is silent in the rest of the country, according to research by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
What is a mega-precinct and how will one work on Election Day?
KSAT – San Antonio
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there a few possible advantages: There’s a chance for better voter convenience. For example, if a voter has trouble getting to his or her usual precinct because their work location is farther away, having a a mega-precinct closer to that work location could make it easier to vote. In addition, groups of people in the same jurisdiction who are friends or family but who don’t have the same voting location can vote together at a mega-precinct. Financial savings. Expenses on Election Day can be reduced with fewer locations to staff. Increased turnout. With better voter convenience, more people might be motivated to vote.
 
Who controls Maryland's budget? Voters can weigh in with amendment on ballot
Herald Media
While Rouse was not willing to go so far as to say the Maryland General Assembly’s current limited budget authority was unprecedented among other states, a detailed assessment of Maryland’s budget process conducted in 2003 by the Department of Legislative Services, using materials prepared by the National Conference of State Legislatures, found “in most states the governor’s proposal establishes a framework for budget discussion.”
 

Oct. 19

State legislative races take on added importance in 2020 as redistricting looms
NBC News
The census findings are used to divide federal funding among states, reapportion seats in the House of Representatives and redraw congressional boundaries — a process handled by state legislatures in a majority of states and one that “reverberates for the next 10 years,” according to Tim Storey, executive director of the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
What to know about poll watchers in the 2020 election
ABC News
"When we're talking about a poll watcher from an election administrative point of view, it is a very specific task, one that is rooted in decades of history where primarily people from the two parties -- partisan people -- watch over the shoulders of election officials to make sure that they're [watching over the polling site] according to the law," Wendy Underhill, a director at the National Conference of State Legislatures, told ABC News.
 
Election 2020: Why voting in the coronavirus pandemic will be unlike any other year
ABC News
Rules for processing and counting absentee ballots vary from state to state, ranging from some that allow immediate processing and counting of absentee ballots when they are submitted, to those that do not start counting them until Election Day. Some rules have changed temporarily to accommodate the increase anticipated for the pandemic, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Washington's mandatory sex-education referendum tests conservative power at the ballot box
Seattle Times
In November, with Referendum 90, Washington voters will have a chance to decide whether the law — passed by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Jay Inslee in March, but never enacted — will take effect. It’s the first time nationwide that sex education has appeared on a statewide ballot, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The law was sponsored and largely approved by Democrats; most lawmakers who oppose it are Republicans.
 
Donald Trump's Call to Militia to 'Watch' Polling Places Raises Fears of Voter Intimidation
Newsweek
The presence of poll watchers to monitor voting and track voter turnout for their parties is legal in many states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. But, possibly because of Trump's repeated claims of fraud, polls on Election Day may have many more legitimate poll watchers than usual, and there is less protection from possible intimidation this year.
 
What Is A Provisional Ballot, Anyway?
Huffington Post
In at least 19 states, your provisional ballot will be partially counted if you vote in the wrong precinct. This means your vote will count toward races in which you would have been eligible to vote regardless of precinct, such as a federal offices, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
California Eases Off Legal Threats Over GOP Unauthorized Ballot Drop Boxes
Capital Radio
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 26 states, including California, allow some form of this practice, with various limitations on how many ballots a designee can collect and who that designee can be.
 
Washington's mandatory sex-education referendum tests conservative power at the ballot box
The Bakersfield Californian
In November, with Referendum 90, Washington voters will have a chance to decide whether the law — passed by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Jay Inslee in March, but never enacted — will take effect. It's the first time nationwide that sex education has appeared on a statewide ballot, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The law was sponsored and largely approved by Democrats; most lawmakers who oppose it are Republicans.
 
Ballot drop boxes have long been used without controversy. Then Trump got involved
PolitiFact
The National Conference of State Legislatures found eight states that have permanent laws that expressly allow drop boxes and include rules such as design features, number and location.
 
Maryland voters weigh in on proposed budget amendment
Cumberland Times-News
While Rouse was not willing to go so far as to say the Maryland General Assembly’s current limited budget authority was unprecedented among other states, a detailed assessment of Maryland’s budget process conducted in 2003 by the Department of Legislative Services, using materials prepared by the National Conference of State Legislatures, found “in most states the governor’s proposal establishes a framework for budget discussion.”
 
Mail-In Ballots: A Convenience, Not a Hindrance
The Commentator
Some 29 states and the District of Columbia allow voters to track their ballots to ensure they are received, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Fourteen states and D.C. also allow voters to return their ballots by hand if they don’t trust the mail.”
 

Oct. 16

California Republicans spark national feud over 'harvesting' ballot boxes
Politico
California is one of 26 states that allow a voter to designate someone to deliver their ballot, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The state has some the most relaxed laws on third-party collection based on the NCSL database; 12 states, for instance, limit the number of ballots that one person can collect to deter coordinated campaign efforts. California does prohibit payment for ballot collection
 
Alaska judge refuses request for voters to fix ballot errors
San Francisco Chronicle
NCSL Cited.
 
Alaska Judge Refuses Request for Voters to Fix Ballot Errors
US News
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 18 states require that voters are notified and given a chance to correct issues when there is a missing signature or signature discrepancy.
 
Early Voting Soars Even as the Coronavirus Pandemic Rages On
US News
Early voting of some sort is now available in 43 states and the District of Columbia, according to a tally by the National Conference of State Legislatures. The options include mail-in voting, early in-person voting or in-person absentee voting. And 20 states, plus D.C., include weekend early voting options for those who cannot take time off work to vote on weekdays.
 
If we want results on election night, this is a reform both parties should support
The Washington Post
NCSL Cited.

Who controls Maryland's budget? Voters can weigh in with amendment on ballot
DelmarvaNow
While Rouse was not willing to go so far as to say the Maryland General Assembly’s current limited budget authority was unprecedented among other states, a detailed assessment of Maryland’s budget process conducted in 2003 by the Department of Legislative Services, using materials prepared by the National Conference of State Legislatures, found “in most states the governor’s proposal establishes a framework for budget discussion.”
 
Misleading information spreads over how much postage mail-in ballots need
KBTX – TV
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the United States Postal Service understands the importance of election mail.
 
More than 5 million people with felony convictions can’t vote in this year’s election, advocacy group finds
KESQ
Felon disenfranchisement varies drastically by state. In Maine, Vermont and the District of Columbia, people with felony convictions don’t lose the right to vote, even while they’re behind bars, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 

Oct. 15

Election 2020: How to fill out your mail ballot correctly and avoid having it rejected
ABC News
At least 17 states and the District of Columbia provide paid postage for mail voting, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
More than 5 million people with felony convictions can't vote in this year's election, advocacy group finds
CNN
Felon disenfranchisement varies drastically by state. In Maine, Vermont and the District of Columbia, people with felony convictions don't lose the right to vote, even while they're behind bars, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
GOP digs in on unofficial ballot boxes; Party vows to keep using the containers as state officials warn counties about them
LA Times
The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that 26 states allow voters to designate someone else to return their ballot for them, but only 12 have specific limits on the number of ballots that any individual can collect and return on behalf of other voters.
 
New England states vary in granting voting rights to felons
Taunton Daily Gazette
Maine and Vermont, along with the District of Columbia, are the only jurisdictions where felons never lose the right to vote, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Arizona's top lawmakers order review of governor's emergency powers
Arizona Daily Star
The National Conference of State Legislatures says that in six states, the expanded executive power under an emergency has a built-in expiration date of between two and 60 days, depending on the state and the type of emergency.
 
Ask the I-Team: What's in place to prevent college students in Maine from voting twice?
fox23maine.com
The bottom line: voting twice is a felony crime, punishable by up to five years behind bars and a $5,000 fine in Maine. The National Conference of State Legislatures says statistics show double voting to be rare.
 

Oct. 14

Black churches mobilizing voters despite virus challenges
NBC News
Across the U.S., early voting rules vary state-to-state, but begin for the vast majority of eligible voters in October at an average of 22 days before the election, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
When Swing States Can Start Counting Millions of Mail-In Ballots
Bloomberg
(NCSL for when swing states can start processing and counting mail-in and absentee ballots)
 
Voting-Leave Law Changes Require Employer Compliance, Flexibility
Bloomberg Tax
Additionally, voters in 44 states are to choose more than 6,000 state legislators, the National Council of State Legislators said on its website.
 
COVID-19 Prompts States To Start Tapping Financial Reserves
Pew Trusts
In the face of steep tax revenue shortfalls and increased spending demands, at least 17 states drew on their rainy day funds in fiscal 2020, according to Pew’s review of recent developments, including state policy actions tracked by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO). In many cases, the withdrawals were for a small share of total savings, but some states tapped substantial amounts to plug budget holes amid uncertainty over how long the crisis might last and whether additional federal aid was forthcoming. These withdrawals occurred too late to be captured in fiscal 2020 estimates compiled by NASBO, which in nearly all cases reflect states’ pre-pandemic plans. 
 
Tax Revenue Swings Complicate State Budgeting
Pew Trusts
Data were adjusted to control for the effects of tax policy changes using the National Conference of State Legislatures’ State Tax Actions reports for fiscal 1999 to 2019.
 
Voter registration back up in Virginia after residents couldn’t sign up on final day
Centre Daily Times
“In nearly all of the states, after being cast, the provisional ballot is kept separate from other ballots until after the election,” the National Conference of State Legislatures says. “A determination is then made as to whether the voter was eligible to vote, and therefore whether the ballot is to be counted.”
 
State lawmakers attend redistricting training as they're poised to draw new districts
KOCO-Oklahoma
In Oklahoma, districts for the state House, the state Senate and Congress are drawn by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Lawmakers will base the new lines off the 2020 Census.
On Monday, the National Conference of State Legislators outlined for local lawmakers what they have to follow, what could change and recent court cases.
 

Oct. 13

Two Huge Questions Loom as 2020 Census Winds Down
New York Times
“We don’t know what would happen if the House of Representatives rejected the data as being incomplete or inaccurate,” said Jeffrey M. Wice, a senior fellow at New York Law School and staff chair of the redistricting and elections committee at the National Conference of State Legislatures. “There are so many different possibilities that it’s not possible to predict.”
 
When do problems with mail-in ballots become a problem for the media?
The Hill
Another seven mostly Democratic-led states and Washington, D.C. are mailing ballots to all eligible voters for the first time, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. And many others are expanding mail-in vote options. According to the Washington Post, 84 percent of Americans will be able to vote by mail in this election.
 
Fear spurs Arizonians to vote early as Americans rush to polls
Los Angeles Times
NCSL Cited
 
This big change to Utah’s ballot should lead to more thoughtful voters
Salt Lake Tribune
In fact, just six states will allow straight-party voting in the upcoming election, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Jobless Claims Strain States
Pew Trusts
More than a dozen mostly Republican states have opted to use federal CARES Act money to supplement unemployment trust funds, according to Emily Maher, a policy associate who monitors CARES Act spending for the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Black churches mobilizing voters despite virus challenges
Fox 23 News
Across the U.S., early voting rules vary state-to-state, but begin for the vast majority of eligible voters in October at an average of 22 days before the election, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
2020 Election Explained: What are the rules for poll watchers?
kslnewsradio.com
Poll watchers have two purposes: ensure the votes are counted correctly in their polling place and report any and all irregularities to local election officials. Nonpartisan or citizen poll watchers are permitted by at least 35 states and the District of Columbia, according to research by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Partisan observers are appointed by political parties or candidates. Nearly every state allows partisan observers; most states specify how many can be present at each polling place and what they can or can’t do while there.
 

Oct. 12

The 19th Explains: Everything you need to know about voting and Election Day 2020
USA Today
The National Conference of State Legislatures uses the term “absentee/mailed ballots” to reflect the traditional terminology and its evolution.
 
8 commonly asked questions in the 2020 presidential election
Wisconsin State Journal
The National Conference of State Legislatures has a state-by-state rundown, but that list isn't comprehensive so voters should check with their local elections officials to understand their options.
 
Lawmakers looking to limit governors executive orders
Princeton Daily Clarion
More than half of the 50 states already have laws limiting executive orders, according to the National Council of State Legislatures.
 

Oct. 9

'Naked ballots' in Pennsylvania could be election wild card
ABC
Sixteen states send secrecy envelopes to voters, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. But Pennsylvania is the only state that will disqualify ballots that arrive without one and give voters no way to fix it.
 
You have voting rights. Know what they are before you hit the polls
CNET
Depending on the state you live in and conviction, you may be able to restore your right to vote if it was suspended. In some states, people who are convicted of felonies lose their right to vote indefinitely depending on the crime, or they need a governor's pardon to vote again, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In other states, such as Maine, people convicted of felonies never lose their voting rights, even if they're incarcerated.
 
Most Ohio legislators are men. Will that change in 2021?
The Bryan Times
That is in line with the gender make-up throughout the country, according to demographic research from the National Conference of State Legislators. Across the U.S., 71% of state legislators are men and 29% are women.
 
The states where you can and can't post a 'ballot selfie' on social media
Business Insider
Some states, like California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, Oregon, and Utah, have recently updated their laws for the social media age by enacting legislation to explicitly allow voters to post pictures of their marked ballots, while other states have passed laws further restricting photography and phone use at polling place, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
What happens if 2020 election is contested? Here are possible scenarios
fox6now.com
In some states, a defeated candidate’s only option is to contest the result in court. Twenty states and the District of Columbia provide automatic recounts, but only if the margin between the top candidates is within certain parameters, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
New Bill would Allow Farm Workers to Drive in Pennsylvania
Lancaster Farming
At least 16 states — including Maryland, New Jersey and Vermont — allow unauthorized immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Lawyers: No state-level fix for SC ballots missing signature
WRDW-TV
Outreach groups are still tackling a number of voter access issues in the courts. The significant number of likely first-time absentee voters this election has brought a number of due process issues to the forefront, said Christe McCoy-Lawrence, co-president of the state’s League of Women Voters. A federal lawsuit filed last week by the league wants the state election commission to notify voters if their ballots are missing signatures or their signatures do not match those on record. The league hopes the state will create a uniform process allowing voters to fix signature problems once notified. Eighteen states already have those procedures in place, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 

Oct. 8

A look at California's November ballot propositions
Los Angeles Times
At least 18 states have similar laws on the books, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Supporters argue that more of these new voters will get engaged with issues if they can participate in a full election cycle. As it stands now, an 18-year-old Californian whose birthday was after the March 3 presidential primary missed out on the chance to pick the candidates who made it to the Nov. 3 ballot.
 
Vision 2020: What are the rules around poll watching?
AP
State rules vary on who can be a poll watcher, how many are allowed at polling places or local elections offices, and how they must conduct themselves inside the office or precinct. In most states, political parties, candidates and ballot issue committees can appoint poll watchers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. They are usually required to be registered voters, but states differ on whether the poll watcher must be registered in the county or precinct rather than just in the state.
 
How Texas has made it easier and harder for people to vote in the pandemic
KSAT San Antonio
Monday was the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election in Texas, one of the earliest registration deadlines in the country, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In 21 states and the District of Columbia, voters can register the same day they cast their ballot.
 
Florida estimates 40000 people registered to vote during extended deadline
Tampa Bay Times
Florida has among the earliest voter registration deadlines of any state, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The National Voter Registration Act does not allow the deadline to be more than 30 days before an election; Florida’s deadline is 29 days before an election.
 
Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act opened floodgates for new restrictions
Wisconsin Examiner
Not all voting and election law changes are equal under the eyes of Section 5, even those that on their faces seem similar. For example, 35 states require some sort of identification to vote — North Carolina is the 36th, but the courts have temporarily enjoined its law — according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, and those laws vary from state to state.
 
Despite diversity gains, Pa. Legislature remains overwhelmingly white, male institution | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Pennsylvania Capital-Star
According to data compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures, a clearinghouse for state lawmakers, 91 percent of Pennsylvania’s Legislature’s membership is white. Statewide, whites make up 81 percent of the commonwealth’s population, according to 2019 Census data.
 
Vacancies filled, ending NC election board shakeup
Carolina Public Press
North Carolina is one of nine states in which an appointed board controls the electoral machinery, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 

Oct. 7

Voter Registration Deadlines By State
Newsweek
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a total of 21 states plus the District of Columbia allow this type of registration—but is your state one of them?
 
The case for counting mail-in votes early
Newsday
"States are trying in the course of six months to do what states like Colorado and Washington and Oregon have developed over the course of six years," said Wendy Underhill, director of elections and redistricting at the National Conference of State Legislatures. "There's a lot of changes that have to go into place if you're going to scale up."
 
What's Your Corporate Civic Engagement Philosophy?
Inc.com
As organizational leaders, you can help demystify the process and can share reputable resources that provide key election dates, your company's voting time off policy, and ways to get involved so that staff are fully equipped and engaged with the civic process. There's a whole host of nonpartisan information available that can be shared like How to Vote or the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Federal Court hearing to consider extending SC voter registration
ABC 4 News
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, South Carolina is one of only six states that closes voter registration 30 days before elections.
 
Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act opened floodgates for new restrictions
Virginia Mercury
Not all voting and election law changes are equal under the eyes of Section 5, even those that on their faces seem similar. For example, 35 states require some sort of identification to vote — North Carolina is the 36th, but the courts have temporarily enjoined its law — according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, and those laws vary from state to state. In 2013, shortly before the Supreme Court handed down its Shelby ruling, then-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, signed a GOP-backed photo ID law. Opponents sued, but a federal appeals court upheld the law in 2016, finding no basis to conclude it was racially discriminatory.
 
Election 2020: Can voters fix an error on a mail-in ballot?
Fox 10 Phoenix
The National Conference of State Legislatures has a state-by-state rundown, but that list isn't comprehensive so voters should check with their local elections officials to understand their options.

Oct. 6

Under new law, even death can’t stop some Massachusetts voters this election
Baltimore Globe
As many as 11 states have similar laws, including Florida, where every ballot must be counted “even if the elector dies on or before election day,” and Hawaii, which last year changed its law, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Wisconsin Clerks Likely Won't Get to Count Mail-In Ballots Early
Spectrum News 1
Wisconsin is among nine states where early tabulation isn't allowed, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Many states made exceptions for early processing this year, but so far lawmakers in Wisconsin haven't been able to agree on any changes.
 
Federal judge orders Arizona to extend voter registration deadline until Oct. 23
AZCentral.com
Fifteen states — including Arizona — have a voter registration deadline 28 to 30 days before an election while 19 states allow voter registration on Election Day, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Supreme Court hears Delaware judicial balance case
Delaware State News
Delaware’s five most recent governors and three most recent chief justices, along with the Republican National Committee, the Delaware State Bar Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures, among others, have filed briefs supporting the state’s position.
 
Should Pa. convert $500M in CARES Act cash into education grants for families? A proposal has advocates split on familiar lines
Pennsylvania Capital-Star
Legislatures in Arizona, Florida and Nevada have enacted similar programs, giving parents broad latitude to spend taxpayer-funded grants on schooling.
 
But because those programs do not tie the cash assistance to traditional state assessments, it’s difficult to assess whether they translate into educational gains for children, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures.
 
Executive director of Maryland’s $58 billion pension fund announces retirement
Baltimore Business Journal
NCSL Information Cited.
 
Rep. Kim Rice: Republican women are ready to take back the Legislature
New Hampshire Union Leader
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, in 2020 only 29% of legislators nationwide were women. In New Hampshire, more than half the population is female, yet the current membership of the Legislature is 34% women.
 
Can California voters fix a problem on their mail-in ballot?
KTLA 5 News
The National Conference of State Legislatures has a state-by-state rundown, but that list isn’t comprehensive so voters should check with their local elections officials to understand their options.
 
Vision 2020: Can a voter fix a problem on a mail-in ballot?
KVAL 13 News
This is a tough one — because the rules vary from state to state. The National Conference of State Legislatures has a state-by-state rundown, but that list isn't comprehensive so voters should check with their local elections officials to understand their options.
 
Group sues to extend voter registration deadline in South Carolina
WITX News 19
Currently, South Carolina is one of six states that closes voter registration 30 days before an election, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Federal Court hearing to consider extending SC voter registration
ABC NEWS 4
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, South Carolina is one of only six states that closes voter registration 30 days before elections. The Network's complaint, filed on Oct. 2, points out that the current 30-day provision became law in the 1895 State Constitution, which was written specifically to exclude Black citizens from voting.
 
Rare case of voter registration fraud alleged
The Winchester Star
In some states, voting rights are automatically restored to felons once they’ve served their sentences. But Virginia is one of 11 states where felons who’ve served their sentences have to wait additional time before their voting rights are restored, such as completing parole or probation, or require the governor to restore them, or require additional action, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
The Indy Explains: Question 6, raising renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent
The Nevada Independent
What have other states done?: At least 30 states, three territories and Washington D.C. have adopted an RPS system, with another seven states and one territory establishing nonbinding renewable energy “goals,” according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Most of those states have RPS targets between 10 and 45 percent, but 14 states have requirements of 50 percent or greater — California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, as well as Washington, D.C. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Oct. 5

What happens to the election if Trump can’t perform his duties?
Washington Post
The most logical choice would be for states that voted for Trump to tell their electors to vote for Pence, or whomever the Republican Party decides will be Trump’s replacement, as Richard Pildes, a New York University law professor with expertise on elections and U.S. government, has explained to The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have provisions telling electors to vote for the candidate who wins that state’s popular vote, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
New coalition of public, private sector leaders call on Congress to act on COVID relief before election
Chicago Daily Herald
Washington, D.C. (Oct. 2, 2020) — COVID RELIEF NOW, a new coalition of nearly 225 major public and private sector groups across the U.S., today called for "No Recess without Relief" imploring Congress to not leave town for the 2020 elections without passing additional COVID economic relief — stating millions of jobs and survival of small businesses as well as vital government services are on the line.
 
Police reforms surge after months of racial justice protests
Christian Science Monitor
“The [state] legislation that I’ve seen come through in the intervening months since May has really been unprecedented” in speed, expanse, and bipartisan support, says Amber Widgery, a policy analyst at the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
How Election Day could turn into Election Week — or longer
WTOP
Maryland tweaked its law so counties can tabulate mail-in ballots starting Oct. 1, after delays during its summer primary. The District will not count votes until polls close, but can verify beforehand that the voter signed them to speed up the process. Virginia’s policy is more vague, allowing votes to be counted before Election Day “as needed to expedite counting absentee ballots,” according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
           
What’s Allowed And What’s Not At Voting Sites In California
Capital Public Radio News
NCSL cited.
 
Political notebook: Signs of the time
Tulsa World
The training will be conducted by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Experts call for state-by-state tax credit comparisons
Boston Business Journal
NCSL cited.
 
Rep. Kim Rice: Republican women are ready to take back the Legislature
New Hampshire Union Leader
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, in 2020 only 29% of legislators nationwide were women. In New Hampshire, more than half the population is female, yet the current membership of the Legislature is 34% women. Currently, roughly only 6.5% of the House are Republican women.
 
‘Appalling’: Nearly all youth charged as adults in Jackson County are minorities
Kansas City Star
But legislative reform has been slow in Missouri, which does not have any limitations on using solitary confinement or shackling juveniles, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In 2018, Missouri became the 45th state to set the maximum age of juvenile jurisdiction to at least 17. However, funding to implement the law on Jan. 1, 2021, is now in question.

Oct. 2

More Than 2 Million People Have Already Voted In The Election
Forbes
A number of states still have not even yet started their early voting yet, as in-person voting is only underway in nine states so far and will start throughout October in a further 38 states. Many states have also not yet started mailing ballots out to voters yet, according to state policies compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures, including Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
 
Losing a pregnancy is complicated. Trying again in the pandemic was right for me
CNN
Some clinics offer their own insurance programs, but Rogers said some of those options were discontinued during initial Covid-19 shutdowns. Only 14 states (mine included) have laws that require them to cover infertility treatments and two states — California and Texas — are required to offer those treatments (but not necessarily cover them), according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Thursday Round-Up
SCOTUS Blog
In a blog post for the National Conference of State Legislatures, Lisa Soronen discusses four cases to be argued in October that hold interest for state and local governments.
 
Florida’s Contested 2018 Races Could Be A Warning Of What To Expect In November
WLRN
In several states, vote-by-mail ballots can only start getting processed on Election Day for the 2020 election, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. These include Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming.
 
Here’s what to do if you’re intimidated or turned away at the polls
KTEN
And in 2020, 35 states will request or require photo ID from voters, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Masks on Election Day? ’Poll watchers’ in Ohio could be removed if they don’t abide
The Columbus Dispatch
Pennsylvania has similar appointment requirements as Ohio, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Trump’s campaign has no poll watchers approved in Philadelphia, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s fact check of Trump’s statement.

Oct. 1

Trump’s call for supporters to watch polls ’very carefully’ raises concerns of voter intimidation
NBC News
But voter intimidation or interfering in the election process itself is illegal, apart from reporting potential issues to authorities, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks poll-watching laws.
 
Trump calls for poll watchers. Election officials call for calm.
Politico
Volunteers and party representatives routinely observe polling places in the U.S. But many states require that poll watchers meet certain qualifications and register in advance, as opposed to simply showing up unannounced, according to a recent review of state laws by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
Trump Endorsed Voter Suppression. Poll Watching Is Something Else Entirely
Rolling Stone
The National Conference of State Legislatures has compiled a list of poll-watching guidelines in each state. Colorado only allows one per party per polling place.
 
Officials fear ’problematic events’ after Trump’s call for supporters to watch polls
Yahoo News
But voter intimidation or interfering in the election process itself is illegal, apart from reporting potential issues to authorities, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks poll-watching laws.
 
5 mistakes that can disqualify your November mail ballot and how to avoid them
Business Insider
Thirty-one states now use signature verification to confirm the authenticity of voted ballots, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In this process, election officials cross-check the signature a voter used to sign their ballot envelope to see if it matches the voter’s most recent signature on file with the elections office, the Department of Motor Vehicles, or another government agency.
 
Should daylight saving time be made permanent? Why health experts say no
Today.com
But making daylight saving time permanent year-round is not currently allowed by federal law and would require an act of Congress to make a change, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
 
What is a poll watcher: A look at what they do and how the process works in Ohio
WTOL
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, an election observer or poll watcher is a person who a political party, candidate, citizen group or independent organization deploys to witness the electoral process. Their roles are different in each state, but in Ohio, poll watchers are partisan, meaning they directly represent their personal political party.
 
Fact-checking the first presidential debate
11 Alive
The National Conference of State Legislatures lists at least 19 states that accept mail-in ballots after Election Day if they have been postmarked before Election Day or in some states on Election Day.
 
NJ lawmakers approve single-use plastic and paper bag ban
Grocery Dive
Eight states — California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New York, Oregon and Vermont — already have single-use plastic bag bans, following California’s lead in 2014, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.